Posted on August 1st, 2020
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a heart rhythm issue, you’ve likely encountered some medical terms you hadn’t heard before. This glossary of common heart rhythm terms provides a quick definition of many conditions, diagnostic tests, and treatments for heart rhythm issues.
Ablation — Targeted removal of tissue. Often used to fix heart rhythm problems by clearing obstacles or... Read More
Posted on July 20th, 2020
The food you eat has an impact on your health, and plant-based and plant-forward diets have been shown to have a positive impact on heart health.
Many people eat a diet that’s out of balance and emphasizes foods that are known to worsen heart health—an abundance of red meat, trans fats, saturated fats, salt, and sugars. The average American diet includes a lot of heavily processed foods... Read More
Posted on July 10th, 2020
Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body, and most people know a lot of the risk factors that can contribute to heart disease. But did you know that the health of your mouth might affect the health of your heart?
Though not all dental health is firmly linked to heart health, there are enough links to say with confidence that you should take care of your mouth to take care of... Read More
Posted on July 1st, 2020
Your heart relies on electrical impulses to beat and stay in rhythm. When something blocks or impairs that signal, it falls into a general category of heart rhythm issues called conduction disorders. If the block is mild, it may not even be noticeable. But some conduction disorders can be severe.
How electrical signals work in the heart
Your heart sends its signals from the sinoatrial (SA)... Read More
Posted on June 20th, 2020
Salt used to be a rare commodity. But in our current world, we’re more likely to get too much salt than not enough.
High levels of sodium are a direct cause of high blood pressure. When you eat salt, the higher levels in your bloodstream will pull water into the blood, which increases the volume of... Read More
Posted on June 10th, 2020
Smoking is one of the worst things you can do to your body. It’s responsible for roughly 480,000 deaths per year in the United States. And the people around smokers aren’t immune either—exposure to secondhand smoke significantly increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Every part of your body suffers when you smoke, but your cardiopulmonary system takes a significant hit. Here’s what you... Read More
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