Chest Pain

Chest pain can appear in many forms – a dull ache, sharp pain, or burning – and can be a sign of a variety of conditions. Whatever the pain, chest pain needs to be taken seriously. The following table describes what to do if you experience different types of chest pain. Heart-related causes of chest […]

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 […]

Heart Attack

A heart attack is when a coronary artery is blocked, stopping blood flow. Heart attacks usually cause irreparable damage to your heart muscle; heart attacks are also called a myocardial infarction, or “heart muscle” and “tissue death”. Symptoms – take immediate action Heart attacks can be slow, mild pain, or sudden and intense. If you […]

Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease, or CAD, is when the coronary arteries that supply oxygen and blood to the heart are narrowed. This is usually caused by atherosclerosis, when cholesterol, fat, and other substances collect in the arteries. This collection of substances is usually called plaque, and it scares and irritates the arteries, which cause them to […]

Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac Rehab Cardiac magnetic resonance, or CMR, imaging is essentially an MRI for your heart. Using powerful magnets, it creates pictures of the coronary arteries and the heart. During this procedure, you’re placed in a chamber and surrounded by a magnetic field. The atoms that comprise the tissues in your body respond to the magnetic […]

Angina

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 […]

Nuclear Cardiology and Heart Perfusion Imaging

Nuclear Cardiology and Heart Perfusion Imaging Nuclear cardiology studies assess blood flow of the heart using noninvasive techniques. These procedures assess how well the heart is pumping and can determine the size and location of a heart attack. Heart perfusion imaging is the most popular nuclear cardiology technique. In this technique, the patient exercises and […]

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 MRI

Cardiac MRI Cardiac magnetic resonance, or CMR, imaging is essentially an MRI for your heart. Using powerful magnets, it creates pictures of the coronary arteries and the heart. During this procedure, you’re placed in a chamber and surrounded by a magnetic field. The atoms that comprise the tissues in your body respond to the magnetic […]

Ventricular Assist Devices

Ventricular Assist Devices PVAD A percutaneous ventricular assist device, or PVAD, is a small mechanical pump that supports the heart. A PVAD is only meant for short-term support – from a few hours to 15 days. It is usually reserved for those who have developed heart failure due to surgery or a heart attack, and […]