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Questions if considering Heart Surgery!

What to ask your cardiologist… What is coronary artery disease? How many heart vessels are blocked? What are my treatment options and what are the risks and benefits of each? Why are you recommending this treatment over the others? What lifestyle changes will I need to make and what community resources are available to help? […]

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Angina Pectoris and Nitroglycerine Use!

Angina pectoris is a clinical syndrome characterized by chest discomfort, usually described as a pressure, heaviness, tightness, squeezing, burning, or choking sensation. In some patients, the discomfort can be either localized to or radiates to the arms, neck, jaws, or upper back. Angina is most commonly caused by reduced myocardial perfusion due to coronary artery […]

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About the Heart’s Electrical System

About the Heart’s Electrical System When most people think of the heart, they think of the arteries of the heart, or of the heart muscle and valves. But the heart also has a complex electrical system that coordinates the rhythm. Abnormalities in the heart’s electrical system can lead to arrhythmias – causing the heart to […]

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Palpitations

Palpitations Palpitations are a common problem that is often referred to a cardiologist for further investigation. Patients typically describe a sense that the heart is skipping or racing. This may be accompanied by shortness of breath, chest pain, and/or lightheadedness – or rarely, loss of consciousness. The sensation of palpitations can be caused by a […]

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Glossary of Medical Terms

Arrhythmia – an abnormality of the heart’s electrical system. Tachyarrhythmias are arrhythmias where the heart beats too fast, and bradyarrhythmias are arrhythmias where the heart beats too slowly. Arrhythmias are very common, and range from very benign to very serious.  Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) – an inherited condition that leads to replacement of normal […]

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Heart Murmur

WHAT IS IT? A murmur is a sound which can be heard through a stethoscope while a physician listens over the heart. Also Known As: Heart Murmur Basic Facts A murmur is a sound which can be heard through a stethoscope while a physician listens over the heart. The sound is usually created by blood […]

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Cardiomyopathy

WHAT IS IT? Cardiomyopathy refers to diseases of the heart muscle. These diseases have a variety of causes, symptoms, and treatments. In cardiomyopathy, the heart muscle becomes enlarged or abnormally thick or rigid. In rare cases, the muscle tissue in the heart is replaced with scar tissue. Also Known As: Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Hypotrophic Cardiomyopathy, Restrictive […]

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Alcohol and the heart

WHAT IS IT? Alcohol in some form or another has been imbibed for thousands of years; its health benefits or deficits have been debated for hundreds.  While its harmful effects on the liver are well documented and widely known, alcohol’s impact on the heart is less well understood, and indeed there is evidence that moderate […]

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Acute Pericarditis

WHAT IS IT? Pericarditis (PER-i-kar-DI-tis) is a condition in which the membrane, or sac, around your heart is inflamed. This sac is called the pericardium (per-i-KAR-de-um). The pericardium holds the heart in place and helps it work properly. The sac is made of two thin layers of tissue that enclose your heart. Between the two […]

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Heart Failure

WHAT IS IT? Heart failure does not mean that your heart has stopped working.  Heart failure refers to a large number of conditions which affect the structure or function of the heart, making it harder and harder for the heart to supply sufficient blood flow to meet the body’s needs. It occurs when one or […]

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