Most of us have heard the tongue-in-cheek definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result. This certainly applies to heart attacks. Of the approximately 800K heart attacks that occur in the US each year, 600K are first timers and the other 200K people have had their second heart attack. This is a disappointing statistic. We all need to be informed about lifestyle changes you need to make after a heart attack.
Minimally invasive procedures continue to evolve and improve including those for heart surgeries. One in particular is the TAVR, or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement procedure. In the past this surgery was performed as an open heart surgery resulting in a lengthy hospital stay. Times have changed for those who have aortic valve disease. Let’s learn more about its benefits and how to prepare for your TAVR procedure.
Many people who have heart disease don’t have regular signs that their heart is not doing its job. However, about one million Americans die each year from a stroke or other cardiovascular conditions. Keep reading to determine if you should pay more attention to your heart health. Heart disease can lead to a stroke: what to know.
Smartwatches entered our lives and culture less than a decade ago, and Apple and Fitbit continue to improve the technology offered in these wearable devices. Having electrocardiogram capability (ECG) is but one valuable tool to help monitor heart rhythm. So if my smartwatch says irregular heartbeat, should I see a doctor?
We hear about blood pressure all the time. We hear that we need to measure it, keep it under control, and maintain a healthy lifestyle so we won’t develop this medical problem. We know it’s important, but what are the real reasons? Why is high blood pressure dangerous?
If your physician is talking about a stent, you most likely have coronary heart disease. That means that an artery to your heart is blocked with plaque or cholesterol and blood is not flowing as it should. If you are planning to have surgery, here are 5 things to know before getting a heart stent.
A heart scan evaluates the health of your blood vessels. It tells your doctor how much calcified plaque is in your coronary arteries and your risk of developing heart disease or a heart attack in the near future. It is a CT scan that takes 10 minutes to perform, requires no needles, dyes, or medications, but understanding your heart scan results might save your life.
A CT coronary angiography is a non-invasive imaging test that looks at the arteries that supply blood to your heart. It checks for any narrowing or blockage in your heart. If you are having a CT coronary angiography, here is what to expect.
Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women worldwide. Preventative cardiology, and preventive healthcare in general, has become more acceptable as a way to diagnose and treat disease. Risk factors for heart disease can go undetected without regular heart checkups and screenings. Don’t underestimate the importance of establishing your baseline through heart health screenings. It could save your life.
When your heart beats abnormally or irregularly it is known as arrhythmia. A normal heart beat pumps blood throughout your body and all its organs, but untreated arrhythmia can have serious consequences. Knowing these 6 warning signs of heart arrhythmia can be life saving.