Posted on April 1st, 2020
Just like a band doesn’t function right without its rhythm section, your body won’t function right without a heart that stays in time. When heart rhythm issues occur, a medical procedure may be necessary to get it back in rhythm. But in many cases, medications can help regulate your heart rhythm without any additional interventions.
There are two general categories of heart rhythm... Read More
Posted on March 20th, 2020
Hospitals are places of healing, but they can also be places of risk. People are typically in the hospital because they are seriously ill or injured or they need an in-patient surgical procedure and monitoring. Because most hospital patients already have lowered immunity from their existing illness or injury, they’re at higher risk for picking up an additional infection.
Nosocomial... Read More
Posted on March 10th, 2020
Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm issue. Because of the increased risk of stroke, most patients with Afib will take blood thinners for life.
But what if they didn’t have to?
An implantable device called the Watchman can dramatically lower stroke risk due to atrial fibrillation. It’s an alternative to traditional methods for some patients with Afib.
Traditional treatment... Read More
Posted on March 1st, 2020
A heart rhythm issue, also known as an arrhythmia, is a life-altering problem that can show up without warning. Some otherwise healthy people will live for years without a problem then suddenly show an arrhythmia where none existed before.
A sudden heart rhythm issue can be concerning and frightening to the person experiencing it. What’s wrong? Why would something like this happen? And is there... Read More
Posted on February 20th, 2020
At Oklahoma Heart Hospital, we recognize that lack of insurance can be a barrier to healthcare for many people in our state. That’s why we created the Clinic for the Uninsured.
The concept came about through partnership between the Oklahoma Heart Hospital Research Foundation (OHHRF) and... Read More
Posted on February 10th, 2020
Your heart is the most important muscle in your body, and like every other muscle, it runs on electrical impulses. Those impulses tell it when and how to beat and control the pace of your heartbeat. And when those impulses get out of sync, problems start to occur.
How your heart’s electrical system works
Your heart has a well-defined circuit that makes it work, and it starts at the right atrium (... Read More
Posted on February 1st, 2020
Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death for women in the United States?
In 2017 it was responsible for one in every five women’s deaths in the United States. It killed almost 300,000 women over the course of the year. Yet many people aren’t aware of their personal risk factors for heart disease.... Read More
Posted on January 20th, 2020
Talk to any cardiac specialist and they probably have a story to tell about CPR saving the life of a patient. Whether it was a bystander trained in CPR who came to the rescue or a family member who learned CPR specifically due to the patient’s increased risk of cardiac issues, there are stories to tell.
Every year 350,000 cardiac arrests—a sudden stoppage of the heart—occur outside of... Read More
Posted on January 10th, 2020
We’re a chronically sleep-deprived nation. The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of 7 to 9 hours of sleep per day for adults, but most Americans average less than that. The average is around 6.8 hours per day,... Read More
Posted on January 1st, 2020
Your circulatory system is only really designed to support one person. But when you’re pregnant, it’s doing the work for two.
Though your heart and circulatory system can handle the extra volume, it is an extra strain on the body. A pregnant woman’s blood volume increases by 30 to 50 percent to support the baby, and the heart pumps around 25 percent faster. Blood vessels dilate, and the heart... Read More