Posted on May 10th, 2022
One of the imaging tools available for diagnosing or monitoring heart conditions is a cardiac MRI. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used by cardiologists to diagnose complex heart problems, particularly if an echocardiogram is unclear or points toward a more complex issue. A cardiac MRI uses a large magnet in conjunction with radio waves to create a clear picture of the structure and function... Read More
Posted on May 2nd, 2022
In the simplest of descriptions, a stroke happens when blood flow to the brain is interrupted and brain damage occurs. The cause of decreased blood flow that results in stroke can be many different things, including abnormal heart rhythms. This month, we are dedicated to educating and increasing awareness of the causes and signs of stroke and what to do if you or someone you love is experiencing... Read More
Posted on April 20th, 2022
If your doctor suspects you have a problem with your coronary arteries and has not been able to diagnose it with an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, or stress test, they may recommend an angiogram. A coronary angiogram is one of the most common catheter procedures and is used to diagnose a variety of conditions. During an angiogram, doctors take X-rays of your arteries using a special dye to... Read More
Posted on April 10th, 2022
Even the simplest surgery can be hard on the body. When the body is stressed and recovering, it is vulnerable to infection, which can slow and complicate healing. The good news is that there are many simple ways of preventing infection following surgery. Doctors and hospitals are experts at creating and following protocol to minimize risk of infection after surgery, but there are also steps that... Read More
Posted on April 1st, 2022
One of the most common causes of fainting episodes is vasovagal syncope. In vasovagal syncope, the brain misinterprets stimuli and overreacts to it, which then causes a sudden drop in blood pressure. The drop in blood pressure results in lower blood flow to the brain, which causes the person to faint.
Simple things can cause a vasovagal episode, such as the sight of blood, a quick change in body... Read More
Posted on March 20th, 2022
The Heart Failure Center at Oklahoma Heart Hospital specializes in treating patients with heart failure from all causes. We aim to improve the lives of each one of our patients and help them effectively manage the symptoms caused by heart failure. ... Read More
Posted on March 10th, 2022
National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week begins March 13 to spotlight the importance of pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with chronic lung disease. For many patients, especially those with COPD, pulmonary rehabilitation represents the best path to improved lung function, reduction of symptoms, and a higher quality of life.
What is pulmonary rehabilitation?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a system... Read More
Posted on March 1st, 2022
Having a pacemaker or implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) placed is a potentially life-saving surgery, and most patients go on to lead relatively normal lives following the procedure. But like any electronic device, they require regular monitoring and will eventually need to be replaced.
There are three general reasons for replacing a... Read More
Posted on February 19th, 2022
Cardiac stress tests help doctors diagnose heart disease and serve as a tool for monitoring the effect of treatment on the heart’s function. The goal of these tests is to make your heart work hard enough to assess how it functions both while at rest and in motion, which provides a better overview for the doctor than an image taken only at rest.
Types of stress tests
Your doctor may order... Read More
Posted on February 1st, 2022
Every February during Heart Health Month, we Go Red for Women. It’s a time to educate about the risk for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for women, and encourage women to make changes to improve their heart health.
We need to raise awareness of what heart disease means for women, what the signs and symptoms of heart disease are, and inspire women everywhere to take care... Read More