Tag: open heart surgery

Help for Ailing Heart Valves

You know how important your heart is: it’s the pump that ensures a continuous supply of oxygen-rich blood to your brain and vital organs. But for this system to work, it’s essential that blood travels through the four chambers of your heart in the right direction. Here is where your

Angina Pain Feels Like Pressure on Your Chest

Angina Pain Feels Like Pressure on Your Chest

Angina is chest pain that is not in itself an illness, but rather a symptom of a potentially serious condition. The most common form is “angina pectoris,” which is chest pain that occurs when your heart doesn’t get the nutrients it needs to function properly. The American Heart Association (AHA) describes

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

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: How It Can Help Your Heart

Like all of your muscles, your heart needs a steady supply of oxygen-rich blood to remain healthy. But if there’s blockage in a coronary artery—a blood vessel that supplies blood to the heart—the result can be a heart attack. Even if blood flow is partially reduced, you can experience angina—episodes

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

Catheter-Based Aortic Valve Replacement Earns Kudos

Cardiologists are calling transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) a major advance in cardiovascular medicine. TAVR allows a stiff, calcified aortic valve to be replaced from the inside of the heart in a nonsurgical procedure performed in the cath lab. The FDA has approved TAVR for the treatment of severe, symptomatic

New Technique Restores Failing Prosthetic Valves

A minimally invasive technique now available in clinical trials offers hope for patients with failing aortic valve replacements who are too frail to undergo surgery.
The procedure is known as valve-in-valve transcatheter aortic valve replacement (VIV TAVR). As its name implies, a new tissue valve is placed inside the failing valve

Newsbriefs: Baby Aspirin; Statins; Oils

A baby aspirin confers low-risk heart-attack protection.
While aspirin may or may not prevent a first heart attack, studies have verified aspirin’s ability to prevent a second or third attack. Moreover, a baby aspirin works just fine. In studies, 75- to 81-mg aspirin was as effective as 325 mg aspirin, and

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