Frequently Asked Questions

The Basics About Heart Failure

Heart failure is a cardiac condition in which the heart is unable to function sufficiently to meet the body’s needs. Because heart failure can be produced by many kinds of cardiac disease, it is among the most prevalent of cardiac problems. Patients with heart failure often suffer from shortness of breath and fatigue, and have difficulty with physical exertion. Their …

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What Is Ischemia?

Cardiac ischemia happens when plaque and fatty matter narrow the inside of an artery to a point where it cannot supply adequate oxygen-rich blood to meet your heart’s needs. Heart attack can occur – with or without chest pain and other symptoms. Ischemia is most commonly experienced during: Exercise or exertion Eating Excitement or stress Exposure to cold Coronary artery disease or CAD …

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How common is heart disease among women?

Heart disease is the highest cause of death in women over forty years old, especially after menopause. Once a woman reaches the age of fifty, (about the age of natural menopause), the risk for heart disease increases normally. In young women who have undergone early or surgical menopause, the risk for heart disease is also higher, especially when combined with other risk factors …

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How the Healthy Heart Works

Our heart is a great organ. It always pumps oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout your body to live life. This fist-sized organ beats (expands and contracts) 100,000 times per day, pumping five or six quarts of blood each minute, or about 2,000 gallons per day. With heart failure, the heart’s pumping power is weaker than normal, causing less blood to flow …

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Cholesterol: Is Our Heart In Danger?

What is cholesterol -it is a waxy steroid of fat produced in liver or intestine, used for the synthesis of hormones and cell membranes and transported in the blood plasma of all mammals. Cholesterol is a very important structural component of plasma membrane of mammals required for maintaining proper membrane permeability and fluidity. It is also an essential agent required …

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Heart Attack-How Do I Know If I Am Having?

Mostly patients have symptoms prior to an real heart attack – generally a “tightness” behind the breastbone, which mainly is caused by an increase in heart rate. The coronary arteries fill in between heart beats therefore anything which increases your heart rate will reduce the time your coronary arteries have to provide blood flow to the heart muscle- the myocardium. …

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About Defibrillation

What Is Defibrillation? It is a specific medical treatment in which a defibrillator (An apparatus used to control heart fibrillation by application of an electric current to the chest wall or heart) delivers electrical energy to an afflicted heart. Healthcare professionals determine the level of electrical charge (joules) to apply, based on their experience and tested practices under medical consultation. The electrical …

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About Bradycardia

What Is Bradycardia? In the Greek language means “heart slowness”. It is basically a heart rate that is under 60 beats per minute while a person is at rest. Bradycardia is usually not detectable unless the heart rate drops to below 50 beats a minute. This slower heart rate can produce heart attacks in some individuals or even cardiac arrests. …

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Care at Home for Congestive Heart Failure-By Edterchelle Soriano

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition that occurs when the heart fails to initiate its ability to pump blood. There are two types of CHF, the left side heart failure and the right side heart failure. It is considered as one of the most common form of heart diseases which requires medical attention. However, there are some simple ways …

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Understanding Child Heart Disease

Heart disease is a disorder, which affect the proper functioning of the heart. Child heart disease is common affecting many newborn and older children. This article examines the various child heart diseases and their treatment. Congenital Heart Disease Heart disease is a serious ailment and often leads to premature death. Many children can also suffer from heart disease. Child heart …

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