Posted on January 20th, 2021
A registered nurse is the caregiver patients see the most during a hospital stay, and the quality and competence of nursing staff directly affects the quality of care and the overall patient experience. At Oklahoma Heart Hospital, our team of registered nurses are professional caregivers who are equipped to provide the highest-quality care to our patients. Our approach to nursing is unique, and... Read More
Posted on January 10th, 2021
Most patients don’t think too much about who owns the hospitals they turn to for medical care. From the patient perspective, the owners and administrators feel pretty removed, while the doctors, nurses, and support staff play a bigger role in the patient experience. Yet the ownership structure and the decisions they make can impact every aspect of a hospital stay.
In the United States... Read More
Posted on January 1st, 2021
Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) is a rare condition affecting the electrical pathways that regulate how the heart beats. With WPW, there is an extra electrical pathway between the heart’s upper and lower chambers, which causes the lower chambers to beat too early and the heart to beat rapidly.... Read More
Posted on December 20th, 2020
It’s that time of year again. As the holidays start to wind down, we look forward to a fresh calendar year and begin setting goals for the new year. We consider what we wished our lives looked like, and we think about what steps we need to take to get there.
This year, challenge yourself to work on your heart health specifically. For many heart diseases and conditions, the best way you can... Read More
Posted on December 10th, 2020
Pets mean many things to their owners. They are often viewed as part of the family, and they are a source of much joy, laughter, and love. At the end of a long day, the snuggles from a dog or cat and their enthusiasm to see you can make a world of difference in turning a bad day into good. While many people think of dogs or cats first when thinking of pets, let’s not forget reptiles, rabbits,... Read More
Posted on December 1st, 2020
Atrial flutter is a heart rhythm disorder where the upper chambers, or the atria, beat too quickly. In addition to beating faster than normal overall, the upper chambers also beat faster in relationship to the ventricles, or lower chambers.
A group of cells called the... Read More
Posted on November 20th, 2020
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with leaky heart valves, you may be wondering what that really means. The heart includes four chambers, and blood flows through those four chambers on its journey to and from the lungs for oxygen and then through the rest of the body. There are four valves in... Read More
Posted on November 10th, 2020
Most people would correctly guess that excessive drinking negatively impacts heart health. Heavy drinking has many health repercussions, but what about light to moderate drinking? While moderate drinking is not a large health risk for many people, there are some whose heart conditions should cause them to stop drinking or consult their doctor to discuss their risk.
How does alcohol affect... Read More
Posted on November 1st, 2020
Bradycardia is the term used for an abnormally slow heart rhythm. While normal heart rate can vary a bit from one person to the next, generally healthy hearts beat between 60 and 100 beats per minute when at rest. A resting heart rate of less than 60 BPM could indicate bradycardia. For some people, specifically athletes and those who are physically active, lower resting heart rates are still... Read More
Posted on October 20th, 2020
With the cold and flu season upon us, many of us will come down with some sort of respiratory infection in the coming months and may reach for over-the-counter medicines to treat the symptoms of cold or flu. But did you know that the medicine you take to relieve symptoms could put your heart at risk?
Respiratory infections add stress your heart due to inflammation and taking over-the-... Read More