Some describe the feeling if dizziness has being light-headed or unsteady, and others feel like the room is moving, a sensation called vertigo. Some feel nauseated or lose their balance, and some feel weak or unable to focus. Dizziness Causes The sensation of dizziness can be brought on by a variety of factors, from medication […]

High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure, the force of blood pressing against the artery walls, is measured using two numbers: systolic “over” diastolic (110 “over” 80 or 110/80). The first number, systolic blood pressure, is the pressure of blood flow when the heart beats. The second, diastolic, is when the heart is relaxed between beats. What do these numbers […]


Angina, or angina pectoris, is when you experience pain or discomfort when a narrowed coronary artery prevents blood from reaching the heart muscle. Those with the condition describe angina as discomfort, pressure, or pain in the back, shoulders, neck, arms (usually the left arm), jaw, or chest. This pain usually occurs most often with emotional […]

Shortness of Breath

If you ever feel that you cannot get enough air, called shortness of breath, tell your healthcare provider. Something is wrong and it must be treated. What to do Call 911 or go to the emergency room if you experience shortness of breath all of a sudden, or if it is combined with chest pain. Call […]

Cardiac CT

Cardiac CT A Cardiac CT scan combines x-rays of thin cross-sections of your heart in order to create a 3D image. A contrast dye is injected, and you are placed onto a table that gradually moves you through a CT machine. While you travel through the machine, a rotating x-ray tube takes the images of […]

Septal Ablation

Septal Ablation When the septum, or wall, dividing the heart’s lower chambers becomes thicker than normal, septal ablation comes into play. The procedure corrects the problem so blood is able to reach the heart easily. This happens by injecting alcohol into the arteries that feed the stepum, thinning the septum and allowing the heart to […]


Angioplasty Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA, or balloon angioplasty) is performed in the cardiac cath lab. PTCA brings blood flow to a healthy level by opening arteries closed by fatty plaque. This occurs in the following steps: An expandable balloon catheter is placed into a narrow coronary artery. The balloon is inflated, compressing plaque against […]