Your heart has four valves to control the flow of blood within the chambers of the heart, as well as to the rest of the body. But if one of those valves stops working properly, the health complications can become life threatening. Heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and other
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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
If you’ve ever been told you have a heart murmur, you may be inclined to immediately think you have heart disease. Symptoms of heart disease, however, usually include things like chest pain, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness as well as test results that show high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and
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Having a tube threaded through your blood vessels to your heart may sound scary, but more than 2 million people in the U.S. have this procedure, called cardiac catheterization, done every year.
“Cardiac catheterization is a procedure
Up until the 1960s, anyone who developed strep throat was at an extremely high risk for rheumatic fever. It’s an affliction that can lead to rheumatic heart disease and other serious complications. But with the development of effective antibiotics to treat strep throat, rheumatic fever is far less common in
Monitor Your Diet Carefully if You Take Warfarin
Poor knowledge of food interactions with the blood-thinning drug warfarin (Coumadin®) may increase the risk of serious side effects in people who take it, according to research presented at EuroHeartCare 2016, in April. Warfarin protects against stroke by decreasing the risk for blood
More than 500,000 cardiac arrests occur annually in and out of hospital in the U.S., but only about 10 percent of people who suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital survive this sudden halt in heart function. One factor that makes a big difference in survival is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
Advances in treatments are helping people born with congenital heart disease live longer and with greater quality of life. But not all structural problems with the heart can be permanently fixed in childhood. In fact, many treatments that help get these patients into adulthood often need revisiting later in life.