Do you have a pacemaker? If so, you’re benefiting from one of the most important developments in the history of medical technology. When the heart’s natural timing circuits go on the fritz, and if medication falls short, pacemakers can come to the rescue. Heart conditions that used to be fatal
Heart arrhythmia is the broad term for any heart rhythm that isn’t completely normal. But while some abnormal rhythms can cause complications if they aren’t treated, you shouldn’t panic if you’re told you have an arrhythmia. “Even if your condition is potentially serious, keep in mind that many advances have
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
The sudden passing of longtime rock’n’roll star Tom Petty on Oct. 3, 2017 sent people in search of information about the cause of his death, attributed by his family in a press release as cardiac arrest, with a pending autopsy expected to shed light on the event. So what is
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
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
Two complementary systems are used to classify heart failure stages.
The New York Heart Association (NYHA) classification divides patients into groups according to impairment in ability to carry out physical activity. It is a subjective assessment made by the physician, and it represents a patient’s condition at the time of evaluation.
A new report from the American Heart Association (AHA) suggests that U.S. heart failure rates are rising. The number of Americans who have the condition increased from about 5.7 million between 2009 and 2012 to about 6.5 million between 2011 and 2014, according to the AHA’s Heart Disease and Stroke
You may know cardiomyopathy as a type of heart disease, but it’s actually more than that. Cardiomyopathy is really a group of diseases affecting the heart muscle. There are several kinds of cardiomyopathies, and each one has its own set of possible causes and outcomes.
One of the common characteristics of
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