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 January 10th, 2020
We’re a chronically sleep-deprived nation. The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of 7 to 9 hours of sleep per day for adults, but most Americans average less than that. The average is around 6.8 hours per day, according to a Gallup poll. About 40 percent of Americans get less than 7 hours of sleep daily, and that average has dropped more than an hour since 1942. Though there are... Read More
Posted on October 20th, 2018
Sleep is a critical factor in overall health because it renews the body and the mind. Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night, but the average amount of sleep in the United States is about five hours.  The brain goes through several distinct phases during sleep, one of which is called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. During REM sleep, your brain and body are energized and... Read More
Posted on June 15th, 2016
For patients with slow or abnormal heart rhythms, a pacemaker can be a life-changing device that helps them return to normal daily activity and normal energy levels. The procedure to place a pacemaker is relatively simple and begins with the doctor making a small incision about an inch long in the chest. The wires (leads) are placed through the incision and guided to the heart muscle through a... Read More
Posted on June 1st, 2016
As you go through a normal day of walking around, taking the stairs, or lifting something heavy, your body makes adjustments to better accomplish each task. For example, your heart rate increases in order to pump more blood to your body as you begin an activity. But if you have a slow or abnormal heart rhythm, the heart doesn’t adequately respond to the situation, which can leave you... Read More
Posted on March 15th, 2016
Every patient diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (aka AFib or AF) is unique — the length and frequency of their irregular rhythms vary, they have different health histories and risk factors, and they may respond differently to available treatment options. Your doctor at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital will work with you to determine the best course of action to help you manage AF and reduce your risk... Read More
Posted on March 1st, 2016
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a type of irregular heart rhythm often seen in the aging population. Symptoms of atrial fibrillation, commonly known as “AFib,” include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue, light headedness, dizziness, and sometimes passing out. AF impacts a person’s overall daily life because they don’t feel their best and often lack energy to do regular activities. While... Read More
Posted on February 15th, 2016
A catheter ablation is a procedure used to treat a variety of heart arrhythmias, including atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation, premature ventricular contractions, ventricular tachycardia and more. For some life-threatening arrhythmias, ablation is scheduled as soon as possible after diagnosis. For other less severe arrhythmias, medication may be recommended first and ablation second.  For... Read More
Posted on February 1st, 2016
At Oklahoma Heart Hospital, electrophysiologists are changing lives when they perform catheter ablations, a procedure used to treat a variety of heart arrhythmias. Ablation is effective at treating the vast majority of arrhythmias, ranging from atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation to premature ventricular contractions and ventricular tachycardia. Following a successful ablation procedure,... Read More
Posted on January 7th, 2016
Doug Horstmanshof, MD Directory of Integris Transplant Center Topics Discussed Treatment Options for Advanced Heart Failure: beyond medications. LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device) - When is it time and what is it like to live with an LVAD? LVAD is a mechanical pump that's used to support heart function and blood flow. Live patient demonstration. Oklahoma Heart Hospital’s... Read More