Though it sounds like a condition in which the heart stops beating altogether, heart failure is actually a problem that develops when the heart can no longer pump enough blood and oxygen to meet the body’s needs. It’s a serious and complicated health challenge. But if you and your physician
Heart failure puts an enormous burden on 5.1 million patients and their families in the U.S. Heart failure also costs our health care system billions of dollars a year, primarily in the costs of frequent hospitalizations. In a single year, more than 80 percent of heart-failure patients require hospital care
A recent study showed that people who have pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) to treat atrial fibrillation or atrial tachycardia (AT/AF) have no higher risk of stroke from short (less than 20 seconds) bouts of atrial fibrillation (AF) than people who have no AF. Approximately 2.7 million Americans suffer
Cardiac arrest is a sudden and frequently fatal event that occurs when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions, causing the heart to stop beating. Though it often comes on without any warning, sometimes a cardiac arrest symptom or two can tip you off that cardiac arrest is imminent. These symptoms may
You may not have heard of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), but if you have COPD signs and symptoms, the ICD has heard of you—and it even has a series of code numbers for your diagnosis. Codes like “COPD ICD 9” are becoming more important as the use of
Q. I have heart failure, and my cardiologist made a reference to “device-based therapy.” What does this mean?
A. Your doctor was referring to small, implantable electronic devices that can help a failing heart maintain the normal pumping rhythm that is required to pump blood throughout the body.
For example, heart failure
DASH Diet Can Include Lean Meats
If you’re among the many adults following the DASH diet to lower your blood pressure, you can now include lean, unprocessed pork and other red meats in appropriate portions to your protein choices. A recent study published online June 10, 2015 in the American Journal
The Benefits of “Moderate Inactivity”
A small amount of physical activity each day will have substantial health benefits, including reduced mortality risk and protection from chronic disease, according to findings from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study. The study followed 334,161 men and women for an average 12.4
If you have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), you wouldn’t be alone in thinking that strenuous exercise is likely to trigger a shock to the heart. ICDs work by monitoring your heart rate and delivering a small electrical shock to the heart when an abnormal rhythm is detected.
But recent research
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