About the Author

Holly Strawbridge

Holly Strawbridge

Holly Strawbridge has been a freelance writer specializing in medicine and health since 1995. She writes for the general public as well as physician audiences. She specializes in cardiovascular medicine, but writes regularly about virtually all medical and surgical subspecialties in adults and children. Holly currently contributes to several health newsletters produced by Belvoir Media Group and sponsored by major medical centers. Among these are HealthNews, a Duke Health publication for which she serves as cardiopulmonary news editor, Cleveland Clinic Heart Advisor and Cleveland Clinic Women’s Heart Advisor, for which she serves as managing editor. She has written two books on heart disease for Belvoir Media Group and updates these books, plus several others, yearly.

Articles by Holly Strawbridge

What Is Cerebrovascular Disease?

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What Is Cerebrovascular Disease?

A cerebrovascular disease is one caused by arteries blocked by a blood clot, bleeding in or around the brain caused by a ruptured blood vessel, and any change in the brain’s blood vessels that alters the normal flow of blood. “Cerebro” refers to the brain and “vascular” pertains to blood

What Are Beta-Blockers?

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What Are Beta-Blockers?

With the advent of beta-blockers, and compelling evidence of their effectiveness, recommendations for heart failure treatment have changed. In general, patients are now treated with an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), plus a diuretic and a beta-blocker, to which an aldosterone antagonist or digoxin may be

Diuretic Definition, Uses, and Side Effects

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Diuretic Definition, Uses, and Side Effects

The diuretic definition is anything that promotes the body to lose water by increasing the excretion of urine and fluids. Diuretics cause the kidneys to excrete more water and sodium. They are used to eliminate excess fluid and decrease swelling.
There are three main types of diuretics: thiazide, loop, and potassium-sparing.

Digoxin Dose Effective To Treat Heart Failure

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Digoxin Dose Effective To Treat Heart Failure

In recent years, dramatic developments in drug therapy for heart failure have occurred. Early treatment is now known to slow the progression of the disease, keep patients out of the hospital, and reduce the likelihood of dying from heart failure. Today, physicians can choose from a variety of medications, such

What Is Cardiomyopathy?

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What Is Cardiomyopathy?

Nearly half of all heart failure cases are caused by diseases that primarily affect the heart muscle. Together, these are known as cardiomyopathies. What is cardiomyopathy? Cardiomyopathy is a heart disease that often occurs without a known reason, but can be caused by various medical conditions, including infections (usually viral),

Ventricular Fibrillation Symptoms and Prevention

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Ventricular Fibrillation Symptoms and Prevention

About half of all heart failure patients die suddenly from cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is caused a deadly heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation.
The heart has four chambers: two upper chambers called atria, and two lower chambers known as ventricles. The atria pump blood into the ventricles, and the ventricles pump

How a VAD Can Save Your Heart

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How a VAD Can Save Your Heart

A ventricular assist device (VAD) supports the heart in pumping blood throughout the body. VADs were pioneered in the 1970s, but they were not widely used until the 1990s as a way to keep patients alive during their wait for a heart transplant (“bridge to transplant”). They are still used