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What You Should Know About Open-Heart Surgery

What You Should Know About Open-Heart Surgery

The phrase open-heart surgery is often used interchangeably with “bypass surgery,” which is technically “coronary artery bypass grafting,” or CABG. But open-heart surgery can actually refer to any of several operations that require surgeons to open up the chest cavity and work directly on the heart.
Other procedures requiring open-heart

What Is a Normal Cholesterol Level?

What Is a Normal Cholesterol Level?

You already know that keeping your cholesterol in check is important for heart health. High cholesterol is associated with clogged arteries and a greater chance of a heart attack. But you may be wondering: What exactly is a normal cholesterol level, and how do I get there? And you’re probably

Recognize Atherosclerosis Symptoms That Indicate Heart Disease

Recognize Atherosclerosis Symptoms That Indicate Heart Disease

What causes coronary artery disease (CAD) is a process called atherosclerosis. Symptoms develop when cholesterol, fats, and other substances such as white blood cells collect in the walls of the blood vessels that keep the heart supplied with blood—the coronary arteries. Cholesterol and other materials form plaques. Unfortunately, atherosclerosis symptoms

What Is Heart Disease?

What Is Heart Disease?

Many people ask these types of questions: What is congestive heart failure? How do heart attack symptoms in women differ from heart attack symptoms in men)? What is hypertension? And what is heart disease? Yet there is no simple way to define cardiovascular disease, because it’s actually a broad term

What Causes Heart Attacks—and How to Prevent Them

What Causes Heart Attacks—and How to Prevent Them

What causes heart attacks is the stoppage of blood flow through a coronary artery. The heart muscle that normally keeps pumping blood out to the body and the lungs becomes starved for oxygen. Without a steady supply of oxygenated blood, heart muscle tissue becomes damaged. If blood flow remains blocked

Cardiac Tests Can Reveal a Wealth of Information

If your doctor suspects you have heart disease, you may be advised to undergo cardiac tests to diagnose your condition. These tests range from simple, non-invasive screenings to more involved procedures that may include the use of high-tech imaging equipment.

“Typically, these tests are ordered in response to symptoms such as

Recognize and Respond to Signs of a Heart Attack

You may believe that men need to be more concerned about heart attacks than women, but a woman’s risk for heart disease and cardiovascular events, including heart attack and stroke, increases significantly once she reaches her postmenopausal years. It is especially important for women to heed warning signs, since women

Peripheral Artery Disease Triples Stroke Risk

The incidence of peripheral artery disease (PAD)—a condition in which a buildup of atherosclerotic plaque blocks or narrows arteries in the legs or pelvis—has jumped 24 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to a study published August 2013 in The Lancet. The increase is especially worrisome because PAD triples the

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft or Stenting? Which One is Right for You?

Q. My husband recently had two stents put in his heart, but there was some conversation with his doctor about whether open heart surgery should be done instead. How does a doctor decide which procedure is best?

A. Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with balloons

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