Posted on May 20th, 2019
You’ve probably heard of aneurysms before—it’s a weakness in the wall of an artery that allows it to balloon out, which thins the wall and makes it susceptible to rupture. But aneurysms are also possible in the heart, particularly following a heart attack that weakens the heart tissue.
The ventricular aneurysm
A heart aneurysm is almost always in the... Read More
Posted on May 10th, 2019
When it comes to heart healthy eating, there are several key factors that can affect heart health, including sodium, fat, and the overall balance of nutrients on your plate. In general, a balanced plate should be half-filled with non-starchy vegetables, one quarter with a lean protein, one quarter with a whole grain, and then a serving low-fat dairy to round out the meal.
For people who want or... Read More
Posted on May 1st, 2019
If you have symptoms of an abnormal heart rhythm where your heart feels like it’s beating too fast, too slow, or skipping beats, you will likely end up seeing an electrophysiologist and may undergo a test called an electrophysiology study.
What is electrophysiology?
Simply put, electrophysiology is the study of the flow of electricity in the body. That applies to a lot of different areas,... Read More
Posted on April 19th, 2019
Did you know that diabetes and heart disease are linked? If you’re living with diabetes, chances are you’re at higher risk for heart disease than you might think. The good news is there are ways to reduce the risks and lessen your chances of developing heart disease.
In adults with diabetes, the most common causes of death are heart disease and... Read More
Posted on April 10th, 2019
Congestive heart failure is a condition that gets worse over time and can cause a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, dizziness, swelling in the lower extremities, weight gain, rapid or irregular heartbeat, and chest pain.
As with many heart conditions, lifestyle changes involving diet and exercise can help manage the disease and may slow its progression over time.... Read More
Posted on April 1st, 2019
Pacemakers and defibrillators are both implantable devices that help treat irregular heart rhythms and improve quality of life for patients. But what’s the difference between the two devices?
A pacemaker keeps your heart beating steadily
If you get fatigued or short of breath easily when doing strenuous things, you may have a slow or irregular heartbeat. Usually when you do any sort of... Read More
Posted on March 20th, 2019
Heart disease has been the leading cause of death in Americans for both men and women for around 90 years. One in four deaths in the United States is due to heart disease of some kind. Coronary heart disease, also called coronary artery disease, is the most common type and accounts for half of those deaths.
What is coronary heart disease and what causes it?
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is... Read More
Posted on March 10th, 2019
Part of the cardiovascular system, veins are vessels that circulate blood throughout your body. Veins and arteries together help move blood through your body. Veins return deoxygenated blood from the organs back to the heart while arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart to the organs.
There are four types of veins:
Deep veins are located in deep muscle tissue or along bones with a... Read More
Posted on March 1st, 2019
An abnormal heart rhythm, also called an arrhythmia, occurs when the heart beats too fast, too slow or irregularly. Some people with abnormal heart rhythms don’t experience any symptoms at all. Others may feel a fluttering or pounding in their chest when an abnormal rhythm occurs.
There are several tests that may be used to diagnose... Read More
Posted on February 20th, 2019
A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that blocks the artery that carries blood from the heart to the lungs. It’s a serious condition that can cause damage to the lungs and low levels of oxygen in the blood. In severe cases, it can be fatal.
The pulmonary artery carries blood from your heart to your lungs. Once the blood receives oxygen from the lungs, it goes back to the heart and then is pumped... Read More