Posted on March 20th, 2019
Heart disease has been the leading cause of death in Americans for both men and women for around 90 years. One in four deaths in the United States is due to heart disease of some kind. Coronary heart disease, also called coronary artery disease, is the most common type and accounts for half of those deaths.
What is coronary heart disease and what causes it?
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is... Read More
Posted on March 10th, 2019
Part of the cardiovascular system, veins are vessels that circulate blood throughout your body. Veins and arteries together help move blood through your body. Veins return deoxygenated blood from the organs back to the heart while arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart to the organs.
There are four types of veins:
Deep veins are located in deep muscle tissue or along bones with a... Read More
Posted on March 1st, 2019
An abnormal heart rhythm, also called an arrhythmia, occurs when the heart beats too fast, too slow or irregularly. Some people with abnormal heart rhythms don’t experience any symptoms at all. Others may feel a fluttering or pounding in their chest when an abnormal rhythm occurs.
There are several tests that may be used to diagnose... Read More
Posted on February 20th, 2019
A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that blocks the artery that carries blood from the heart to the lungs. It’s a serious condition that can cause damage to the lungs and low levels of oxygen in the blood. In severe cases, it can be fatal.
The pulmonary artery carries blood from your heart to your lungs. Once the blood receives oxygen from the lungs, it goes back to the heart and then is pumped... Read More
Posted on February 5th, 2019
An abnormal heart rhythm is when your heart beats too fast or too slow or when the beats are irregular. If you’ve been diagnosed with an abnormal heart rhythm or suspect you have one, you may be wondering what impact exercise could have on your heart. Should you exercise if you have an abnormal heart rhythm? Could it make it better or worse?
In general,... Read More
Posted on January 29th, 2019
Go Red for Women is an annual event encouraging people to wear red to raise awareness of heart disease and its impact on women. Wear Red Day is the first Friday in February every year.
The statistics about heart disease and women are staggering. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and is responsible for one in three deaths of women. Each year, more women die from heart disease... Read More
Posted on January 20th, 2019
Blood pressure is the measurement of the strength at which your blood pushes against the walls of your blood vessels as it moves through the body. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a fairly common but sometimes serious condition. If left untreated, it can lead to... Read More
Posted on January 10th, 2019
The heart is a powerful muscle that pumps blood through the body to deliver oxygen and nutrients and carry away waste. The lower chambers of the heart, called ventricles, are responsible for pumping blood to your body. But some conditions, like narrowed arteries or high blood pressure, can damage the... Read More
Posted on January 1st, 2019
Tachycardia is a general term used to describe a heart that beats too fast, which is typically classified as beating more than 100 beats per minute. Ventricular tachycardia is a specific type where the issue originates with abnormal electrical signals in the lower chambers, or ventricles, of the heart... Read More
Posted on December 20th, 2018
Computerized tomography (CT or CAT) scans can be used to evaluate health conditions in many parts of the body, including organs, tissue, and bones. A cardiac CT scan helps doctors view the structure of your heart and the surrounding arteries to diagnosis heart disease.
How does a CT scan work?
A CT scan uses x-ray to take pictures of your heart from different angles. Then a computer puts... Read More