Heart disease is a devastating condition that kills well over half a million Americans every year. Depending upon your family history, lifestyle, and dietary choices you may be susceptible to the disease without even knowing it. Some of the warning signs are fairly obvious, we know that leading an inactive life, and consuming a poor diet can cause plaque to buildup in your veins and arteries that is a surefire sign of heart disease. But there are some less well-known culprits that you should keep your eye out for.
The terms heart attack and cardiac arrest are often used as synonyms for one other as if they are two terms to describe the same condition. However, that isn’t the case. While often misused, these two terms describe two different conditions that need to be treated in different ways. At the most basic level, cardiac arrest is a condition that is caused by an electrical issue in your heart, where a heart attack is caused by what we’ll call a plumbing issue, or something having to do with the flow of blood through vital arteries.
If you’ve ever watched a medical drama on television you’ve probably heard someone shout for “an EKG, stat!” But did you ever really know what they were referring to? The EKG, more formally known as the Electrocardiogram, is a test used to monitor the electrical impulses in a patient’s heart. It’s a very common assessment with no known risks which can be done in an outpatient manner.
One of the great mysteries of maintaining our health and well-being is how to find balance. There are so many food groups that are critical to your body’s function that, when misused, ultimately become hazards. For example, our bodies need healthy fats to help us create energy and grow healthy cells, but most Americans consume too much of the bad fats that can ultimately be extremely dangerous for our health. The same is true of salt. Salt is an essential mineral that helps keep our organs operating properly, but too much salt can lead to high blood pressure and can eventually contribute to heart disease.
Varicose veins are an irritating condition that impacts men and women of all ages, all over the world. The veins occur when weakened or damaged valves are unable to pump blood back toward the heart, so it pools in place. That pooled blood makes the veins swell to the point where they can be seen from outside the skin. A common and highly successful treatment for varicose veins is called vein ablations. During this surgery, the varicose vein is closed off using a laser and the body instinctively redirects blood flow to a different, healthier vein.
When you think of a stress test, what image comes to mind? You’re probably conjuring a vision of a world-class athlete running on a treadmill at high speeds while connected to any number of different tubes and wires. This is a common and potentially intimidating visual that may not tell the whole story when it comes to understanding this cardiac diagnostic tool.
Now that you’ve undergone your pacemaker implantation surgery, you must feel at least some bit of relief knowing that there is a dependable and effective device in your body to ensure that your heart keeps ticking. Hopefully, the surgery was comfortable and anxiety-free, and you feel confident that it has treated the root of your cardiac issues. Now it’s time for you to venture out into the world with a new lease on life. But before you run off and start turning over new leaves, you should know what to expect, and how to manage life with a pacemaker.
We’ve all seen an image of someone having a heart attack on our favorite television medical drama. There’s a dependable series of events that seems to occur according to television and movies. First, the patient grasps at his or her chest, then they stumble back, and eventually fall back into a chair or even onto the ground. And, should you ever experience one, some of those things may happen to you. But watching it on television isn’t the best way to help you understand what having a heart attack actually feels like.
When the arteries around your heart become clogged up with a fatty substance called plaque, there is one surefire way to treat them, alleviate your circulation problems, and restore blood flow to the heart. This treatment is called angioplasty and it is commonly used to treat patients with Coronary Artery Disease.
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Tavares, FL 32778
LRMC Medical Plaza|
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Leesburg, FL 34748
The physicians and team at Cardiovascular Associates of Lake County are committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care to all of our patients using cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art practices.