Posted on September 20th, 2021
The heart has four valves that each consist of three flaps that open and close to allow the correct amount of blood to flow into and out of the chambers of the heart. Stenosis is a specific type of heart valve disease that involves any one of the four valves being restricted and not allowing enough blood to flow through it. This constriction can happen because the valves narrow, thicken, or... Read More
Posted on September 10th, 2021
One of the best things we can do for our hearts is eat a healthy, balanced diet. While some risk factors for heart disease remain out of our control, our food intake is in our control and can have a large impact on the heart. Not only will good food keep the body fueled and impact blood pressure and cholesterol, but a healthy diet also aids in weight loss and encourages an active lifestyle.... Read More
Posted on September 1st, 2021
Every heartbeat is controlled by a series of electrical impulses that tell each part of the heart when to contract. There is normal variation in this system in response to movement, sleep, and stress, but sometimes the electrical impulses fire out of sync. When that happens, it leads to an abnormal rhythm or arrhythmia where heartbeats are irregular, too fast, or too slow.
Not all... Read More
Posted on August 20th, 2021
In the treatment of heart valve diseases and rhythm disorders, anticoagulants (also known as blood thinners) are a common part of the process. The OHH Anti-Coagulation Clinic, which includes five different locations, helps monitor patients and ensure their medications are working properly.
In the event of an injury, the body will generally form blood clots to control bleeding. This process is... Read More
Posted on August 10th, 2021
One of the most significant ways to reduce your risk for heart disease is to lose weight. Research shows that even a modest reduction in weight can have serious benefits for your heart. Weight loss can reduce the workload of your heart by lowering your blood pressure, and a healthy weight and diet can lead to healthier cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of diabetes. All of these factors can... Read More
Posted on August 1st, 2021
If you’ve been diagnosed with a heart rhythm disorder, your doctor may have talked to you about a procedure called a cardiac catheterization. Cardiac catheterization can be used in the diagnosis and treatment of many different heart disorders and is relatively common for patients with heart rhythm disorders.
What is cardiac catheterization?
Cardiac catheterization is a procedure to diagnose... Read More
Posted on July 20th, 2021
The Heart Valve Institute at Oklahoma Heart Hospital treats various disorders affecting the valves of the heart with a focus on keeping treatment as minimally invasive as possible. While other hospitals often jump to valve replacement via open-heart surgery, our team takes a different approach: diagnose and treat early, repair first, and avoid surgery whenever possible.
Heart valve disease... Read More
Posted on July 10th, 2021
They say music is good for the soul, but what about the body? Your favorite tunes may be having a positive effect on your heart health as well. The music we listen to moves us in ways that are both emotional and physical. Whether it brings back memories of a great moment in life, slows us down, or hypes us up, our bodies respond to music.
Try to imagine your favorite workout... Read More
Posted on July 1st, 2021
Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are a common type of arrhythmia where the bottom chambers of the heart (the ventricles) cause extra beats. Typically, each beat of the heart begins in the sinus node in the upper chamber (the atria) of the heart. The electrical impulse from the sinus node causes... Read More
Posted on June 20th, 2021
At Oklahoma Heart Hospital, we do much more than treat patients for heart, lung, sleep, and other issues that impact their cardiovascular health. Research is at the heart of what we do, as it allows us to treat OHH patients with the best technologies and methods available and impact the treatment of heart disease everywhere.
Why clinical research matters
Researchers are constantly advancing... Read More