Abnormal Heart Rhythms

Abnormal Heart Rhythms Having an abnormal heart rhythm means that your heartbeat is irregular. The condition is known as arrhythmia. It doesn’t necessarily indicate that your heart is beating abnormally fast or slow; it means that it’s beating out of its normal rhythm. If you’ve ever felt your heart fluttering or skipping a beat, then you like experienced an abnormal heart rhythm. That said, some heart arrhythmias are silent. While arrhythmias can be harmless, they can be a medical emergency. If you are experiencing something unusual with your heartbeat, it is better to be safe and sorry and call 911. Causes of an Abnormal Heart Rhythm Several reasons could be…

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All About Cardiac Ultrasound

All About Cardiac Ultrasound When a physician notes signs of a heart problem, the recommendation is likely to be undergoing a cardiac ultrasound. This procedure also called an echocardiogram, lets physicians see the heart while it is beating and as it pumps blood. The detailed images it creates allow doctors to identify or rule out heart disease. What is a Cardiac Ultrasound? An echocardiogram is a very common test. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute explains that it utilizes sound waves to generate moving pictures of the heart that depict its size and shape. They also reveal how well its valves and chambers function and identify parts of heart…

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What is an Interventional Cardiologist?

What is an Interventional Cardiologist? Heart disease, which can result in clogged or blocked arteries, is often thought of as a silent killer. It has earned this name because patients rarely experience symptoms associated with heart disease. Symptoms only start to show when a patient’s disease has progressed to a point that a major medical event, such as a heart attack or stroke, occurs. If your general practitioner believes you may have blocked arteries as a result of heart disease, he or she may refer you to an interventional cardiologist. What is Interventional Cardiology? Cardiology is a general term that is used to describe a specific branch of medicine that…

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Diabetes and Heart Disease

Diabetes and Heart Disease Individuals who are diagnosed with diabetes become focused on controlling their blood-sugar levels. One important health concern for someone diagnosed with diabetes is the correlation between being diabetic and developing cardiovascular disease. Medical cardiology helps diabetic patients understand and manage the risk factors they face for heart-related issues. What is Diabetic Heart Disease (DHD)? The American Heart Association reports that among diabetics who have reached 65, at least 68 percent die due to some type of heart-related disease. Adult diabetics are between 200 and 400 percent more likely than those who are not diabetic to die because of a heart-related disease. According to the National Heart,…

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What is an Echocardiogram?

What is an Echocardiogram? One of the important diagnostic tests upon which cardiologists rely on is an echocardiogram, commonly referred to as an “echo” exam. This painless test utilizes ultrasound to create moving images of the heart. Doctors typically suggest the procedure if they suspect a patient has a heart problem. What is Echocardiography? An “echo” allows a physician to watch a patient’s heartbeat and pump blood. Sound waves produce moving images that allow cardiologists to identify various types of heart issues. Cardiologists typically recommend the test when they suspect a problem with a patient’s heart chambers or valves of when cardiac issues are causing symptoms such as chest pain…

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Learn About Stroke Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Learn About Stroke Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment When it comes to strokes, getting treatment quickly could be the difference between a full recovery and suffering from severe, life-altering problems. Understanding stroke causes and symptoms can help you know when you or a loved one may be experiencing this medical emergency. A Closer Look at Stroke Causes There are three different types of strokes. The cause of a stroke varies depending on the type. The three types of strokes are an ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, and transient ischemic attack or a TIA. The exact causes of the strokes are as follows: Ischemic Stroke – caused by a blockage or a…

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When Do I Need to See a Medical Cardiology Professional?

Heart disease is all too common in the United States. In fact, according to the CDC, this condition is the leading cause of death for both men and women, killing more than 600,000 Americans each year. Visiting a medical cardiology professional can help you determine and manage your risks so that you can reduce the chances of serious complications. About Medical Cardiology Medical cardiology is a field of medicine that focuses on the management of cardiovascular risk, as well as specific cardiac conditions, such as heart failure. Cardiac specialists working in this field use various therapeutic techniques, testing and health management options designed to ensure that patients are preventing and/or…

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Risk Factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and How to Prevent It

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a very serious medical condition affecting the circulatory system. If left untreated, deep vein thrombosis can be deadly. Being aware of your risk factors for DVT can allow you to take preventative action now.   What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)? Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot, also known as a thrombus, forms in one of the deep veins of the body. Most commonly, a clot will form in the veins of the leg. If you have DVT, serious complications can arise. If the clot breaks off from the vein wall, it may travel through your bloodstream to the lungs. Once there,…

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Why Interventional Cardiology is Important to Cardiac Patients

One of the greatest concerns of heart disease patients is whether they will need to undergo difficult surgeries.  Thanks to a specialized field of medicine known as interventional cardiology, their treatment is often minimally invasive. Heart Disease Specifics Heart disease is at the top of the U.S. list for both male and female causes of death.  More than 600,000 Americans die of it every year, representing 25 percent of all deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Heart disease includes coronary and valvular disease.  Coronary heart disease is the most common kind of heart disease and claims the lives of more than 370,000 patients each year.  In addition,…

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Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease

Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease Sleep apnea affects one in five adults, impacting more men than women. Sleep apnea is a condition in which the person may experience pauses in breathing five to 30 times per hour or more during sleep, and can lead to cardiovascular problems. What Is Sleep Apnea? Disruptions to your breathing during sleep can have profound negative consequences. Sleep apnea causes you to obtain fragmented sleep, as your body moves toward wakefulness with each breathing episode. Additionally, people with sleep apnea do not move through the important stages of deep sleep, which may lead to excessive daytime sleepiness. The Relationship between Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease…

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