Posted on September 20th, 2020
As we age, we notice subtle changes in our bodies. Perhaps that stiff joint happens more frequently and more quickly, and it causes us to slow down a little bit. Maybe we get tired from daily activities sooner and try to scale back or ask for extra help. These physical changes are gradual, but usually noticeable.
The effects of aging on the heart are sometimes less obvious. However, changes in... Read More
Posted on September 10th, 2020
We’ve all probably heard at some point in time that too much cholesterol is bad for our bodies. But what is cholesterol? And where does it come from? Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in the bloodstream. Our bodies need some cholesterol, which is made in the liver. Cholesterol stabilizes the structure of cells and aids the production of some hormones and vitamin D. The problem comes... Read More
Posted on September 1st, 2020
In September we recognize National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. Atrial Fibrillation (AF or AFib) is the most common heart rhythm disorder. Millions of Americans live with AFib, and not all of them know they have it. Some may not have any symptoms, while others may have mild symptoms but... Read More
Posted on August 20th, 2020
Clinical research trials are an important step in creating and testing new procedures and medicines to treat a wide range of health conditions. But what exactly goes into them? These are frequently asked questions about clinical research trials at Oklahoma Heart Hospital.
Who is eligible for a clinical research trial?
The short answer is: it depends.
Different clinical trials will have... Read More
Posted on August 10th, 2020
The body is one unit that all works together in fascinating ways. When it comes to your brain and heart, the health of one directly affects the health of the other, and that means poor heart health can lead to memory decline.
Fatty plaque and stiff arteries lower the blood supply to all parts of the body, including the brain. The small blood vessels inside the brain are more easily blocked... Read More
Posted on August 1st, 2020
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a heart rhythm issue, you’ve likely encountered some medical terms you hadn’t heard before. This glossary of common heart rhythm terms provides a quick definition of many conditions, diagnostic tests, and treatments for heart rhythm issues.
Ablation — Targeted removal of tissue. Often used to fix heart rhythm problems by clearing obstacles or... Read More
Posted on July 20th, 2020
The food you eat has an impact on your health, and plant-based and plant-forward diets have been shown to have a positive impact on heart health.
Many people eat a diet that’s out of balance and emphasizes foods that are known to worsen heart health—an abundance of red meat, trans fats, saturated fats, salt, and sugars. The average American diet includes a lot of heavily processed foods... Read More
Posted on July 10th, 2020
Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body, and most people know a lot of the risk factors that can contribute to heart disease. But did you know that the health of your mouth might affect the health of your heart?
Though not all dental health is firmly linked to heart health, there are enough links to say with confidence that you should take care of your mouth to take care of... Read More
Posted on July 1st, 2020
Your heart relies on electrical impulses to beat and stay in rhythm. When something blocks or impairs that signal, it falls into a general category of heart rhythm issues called conduction disorders. If the block is mild, it may not even be noticeable. But some conduction disorders can be severe.
How electrical signals work in the heart
Your heart sends its signals from the sinoatrial (SA)... Read More
Posted on June 20th, 2020
Salt used to be a rare commodity. But in our current world, we’re more likely to get too much salt than not enough.
High levels of sodium are a direct cause of high blood pressure. When you eat salt, the higher levels in your bloodstream will pull water into the blood, which increases the volume of... Read More