Posted on June 1st, 2020
Your heart has a natural pacemaker, the sinus node, that sends electrical signals across the heart and tells it when and how to beat. Sick sinus syndrome keeps this node from functioning the way it’s supposed to, which results in an arrhythmia.
Symptoms of sick sinus syndrome
Sick sinus syndrome is one... Read More
Posted on May 20th, 2020
No matter how well done, surgery is always hard on the body. It’s an invasive change in the way your system works. With modern methods, we’ve learned to minimize the impact of surgery, and that’s what Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is all about.
ERAS is a set of guidelines that change the way hospitals care for patients throughout the process—from pre-admission all the way to post-... Read More
Posted on May 10th, 2020
The circulatory system, also called the vascular or cardiovascular system, is the complex system that circulates blood and nutrients throughout the body. Every part of this system works together, and it plays a significant role in your heart health.
When there are problems with any element of the vascular system, it can impact the heart. That’s why vascular surgery is one of the many specialties... Read More
Posted on May 1st, 2020
Dealing with a heart rhythm issue isn’t a challenge you should face alone. It’s one that the people around you need to know about it as well.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a heart rhythm issue, you’ll probably need to have some conversations with family and friends. With some basic education, they’ll know how to help you manage the condition and when to seek medical attention.
Here are a... Read More
Posted on April 20th, 2020
Chronic health issues can be some of the hardest things to live with, but we’re here to help.
With Medicare’s Chronic Care Management guidelines, patients with multiple chronic conditions can get the care they need with streamlined support to improve outcomes.
What is Chronic Care Management?
Oklahoma Heart Hospital strives to provide high-quality, individualized patient care to every... Read More
Posted on April 10th, 2020
There have been many medical advances related to open heart surgery, including the ability to avoid the surgery and use much less invasive methods for many procedures. But in some cases, open heart surgery is still necessary.
Open heart surgery is used when the heart muscle needs direct intervention to help it beat properly. This can include coronary artery bypass, repair of damaged areas... Read More
Posted on April 1st, 2020
Just like a band doesn’t function right without its rhythm section, your body won’t function right without a heart that stays in time. When heart rhythm issues occur, a medical procedure may be necessary to get it back in rhythm. But in many cases, medications can help regulate your heart rhythm without any additional interventions.
There are two general categories of heart rhythm... Read More
Posted on March 20th, 2020
Hospitals are places of healing, but they can also be places of risk. People are typically in the hospital because they are seriously ill or injured or they need an in-patient surgical procedure and monitoring. Because most hospital patients already have lowered immunity from their existing illness or injury, they’re at higher risk for picking up an additional infection.
Nosocomial... Read More
Posted on March 10th, 2020
Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm issue. Because of the increased risk of stroke, most patients with Afib will take blood thinners for life.
But what if they didn’t have to?
An implantable device called the Watchman can dramatically lower stroke risk due to atrial fibrillation. It’s an alternative to traditional methods for some patients with Afib.
Traditional treatment... Read More
Posted on March 1st, 2020
A heart rhythm issue, also known as an arrhythmia, is a life-altering problem that can show up without warning. Some otherwise healthy people will live for years without a problem then suddenly show an arrhythmia where none existed before.
A sudden heart rhythm issue can be concerning and frightening to the person experiencing it. What’s wrong? Why would something like this happen? And is there... Read More