OHH News

Posted on July 29th, 2022
One common heart symptom that brings patients to the doctor is the feeling that the heart skipped a beat, which is often caused by a premature contraction of the heart. Sometimes this is a problem that needs treatment, but sometimes it is not.  The heart is made up of different chambers: the upper chambers, or atria, and the lower chambers, or ventricles. The heart’s sinus node begins a... Read More
Posted on July 21st, 2022
Too often, the lack of insurance is a barrier to accessing good health care, especially when it comes to specialized treatment. After recognizing this need for specialty care, the OHH Research Foundation and Mercy Hospital worked together with other local donors to open the Clinic for the Uninsured in 2014. The Clinic for the Uninsured... Read More
Posted on July 14th, 2022
Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins that can often be seen through the skin’s surface. Many patients think of them as a cosmetic issue, but they are a medical issue as well. Varicose veins are a type of vein disease. Vein disease is a common problem of the circulatory system.  While most varicose veins are not serious, there can be complications with blood clots and inflammation of... Read More
Posted on July 1st, 2022
Cardioversion is a treatment used to correct a heartbeat that is irregular or too fast. It attempts to restore a normal heart rhythm by resetting the heart’s electrical current to the typical pattern. Most often, it is used for patients who have been diagnosed recently with atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat, though it is also used for tachycardia or atrial flutter. What is... Read More
Posted on June 20th, 2022
Exercise appears on nearly every list of ways to improve health and reduce risk for heart disease. It can take many different forms, and everyone should be able to find some sort of exercise they enjoy, whether it’s walking, biking, playing sports, or another favorite activity.  One excellent barometer of exercise intensity is your heart rate — the number of times your heart beats each... Read More
Posted on June 10th, 2022
June is Men’s Health Month. As we promote a healthier lifestyle for men, it’s important to focus on heart health. Cardiovascular health is crucial to the overall health of men. In 2019, over 350,000 men died from cardiovascular disease, which represents approximately 1 in 4 deaths in men. In terms of overall risk for heart disease, men develop heart disease at a younger age and higher rate than... Read More
Posted on June 1st, 2022
Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a disorder of the heart’s electrical system. Every heartbeat is caused by an electrical impulse and is followed by a brief recharging period. The QT interval represents this recharging time and is controlled by ion channels, including potassium, sodium, calcium, and chloride. When there is a defect in one of these channels, the electrical system does not recharge... Read More
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