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About every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association1. Many people who experience chest pain or have a heart attack can benefit from catheterization or surgery to improve their quality of life and even their longevity.... Read more
People who suffer from sleep apnea have a higher risk than others for developing heart disease. “Researchers cannot say for sure whether sleep apnea causes heart disease, but we do know you are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure when you have sleep apnea,”... Read more
Cardiomyopathy is the medical term for a weak heart muscle. With this diagnosis, it is important to find out what is causing it to begin treatment immediately.
People with cardiomyopathy seek medical attention because they are having trouble breathing, retaining fluid, exercising, extremely fatigued and cannot lie... Read more
While it is important to have your cholesterol checked on a regular basis, remember cholesterol is just one piece of the cardiovascular risk reduction puzzle. You need to maintain a healthy diet and weight and quit smoking, if you are a smoker, to decrease your risk... Read more
Blood clots prevent you from losing too much blood when you hurt yourself. However, when a blood clot forms inside one of your veins and does not dissolve on its own, called deep vein thrombosis, it could be very dangerous.
“Generally, blood clots are focal where they... Read more
From time to time, you may feel like your heart “skips a beat.” In most cases, this is completely harmless. But for some people, this change in rhythm can cause symptoms that could be life-threatening.
Heart arrhythmia is a disruption in your heart’s electrical system that causes... Read more
If you have been experiencing heart palpitations or a "flutter" in your chest, talk to your doctor about it right away: You could be at risk for stroke due to atrial fibrillation.
Atrial fibrillation occurs when the heart's upper chambers, the atria, quiver instead of fully contracting... Read more
The state-of-the-art equipment in Saint Francis Medical Center’s Radiology Department has enabled doctors to obtain computed tomography (CT) scans of patients without exposing them to high doses of radiation.
The Siemens Flash CT Scanner is a low-dose scanner that provides detailed images for doctors in a fraction... Read more
Chronic total occlusion (CTO) is a type of coronary artery blockage that has been present for three months or more. CTOs are difficult to treat and can cause severe chest pain and cardiomyopathy.
Cardiologists at Saint Francis Healthcare System now have state-of-the-art equipment and the expertise to... Read more
Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Heart Hospital has been named one of the best hospitals in the nation for treating patients who have had a heart attack.
Saint Francis Medical Center received the ACTION Registry-Get With The Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology... Read more
Coronary artery bypass surgery can correct a serious heart problem, but the surgery alone may not be enough to prolong a patient’s life. Cardiac rehabilitation is extremely important to help manage the risk factors that contribute to heart disease.
“Bypass surgery can circumvent the blockages in your... Read more
A blood clot is a serious condition that can put your life in danger when left untreated. If you notice a symptom of a blood clot like swelling, a warm spot, pain or redness in your arm or leg, you should seek treatment right away.
“Our main... Read more
High cholesterol is a common condition that can have deadly consequences. One in six Americans suffers from high levels of cholesterol. A high cholesterol problem leads to heart disease and raises your risk of heart attack and stroke.
“A certain amount of cholesterol is good for your... Read more
If you have certain types of heart disease, you are at risk for forming blood clots. These clots can travel to the brain or other parts of your body and cause a stroke or a heart attack.
Doctors typically prescribe blood thinners for patients who have a... Read more
If you have heart disease, a daily dose of aspirin may be just what the doctor orders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you talk to your doctor about taking aspirin if you have experienced a heart attack, a stroke or undergone heart... Read more
Despite its name, “heart failure” does not mean that your heart has completely failed. Rather, it indicates that your heart does not pump blood as efficiently as it should. While heart failure can lead to life-threatening conditions, you can also manage it through losing weight, exercising... Read more
While your diet can raise your cholesterol to dangerous levels, it can also lower it. “There are certain foods that improve the quality of the fats in your bloodstream,” says Clifford R. Talbert Jr., MD, FACC, interventional cardiologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “These foods lower the... Read more
When a person has sudden cardiac arrest, every second is critical. Without the proper treatment, the chance of survival is minimal.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is so important as it temporarily causes blood to flow long enough for the patient to reach Saint Francis’ emergency department and receive... Read more
Fifteen years ago, Virgle Lowe underwent a heart valve replacement. His new valve allowed his heart to pump blood through the rest of his body, and he was no longer short of breath.
The type of valve he received, however, had a limited life span. By the... Read more
Despite its name, heart failure does not mean your heart has completely failed. It means your heart does not pump blood as well as it should. According to the American Heart Association, there are four main stages of heart failure:
Stage A: High risk for developing heart... Read more