Getting well, staying well
No matter how lucky or careful a person is, it is practically impossible to spend all one’s days without illness. When confronted with a life-changing health condition, there are many important ways one can take charge and manage it effectively. In this series, we take a close look at the things you should know in order to be the best custodian of your own wellness.
World's Smallest Pacemaker Now Offered at Mercy General Hospital
Every year in the United States, doctors implant about 200,000 pacemakers. Most often, they are used to treat people with a condition called bradycardia, a type of arrhythmia in which the heart beats too slowly.
Treatment for Congestive Heart Failure: What Each Stage Requires
Heart failure affects millions of people across the United States and is a leading cause of death for men and women. Chances are that you or someone you know has been diagnosed with heart failure. It's scary, but there are many forms of treatment for congestive heart failure, which work to slow the progression and take care of your heart. It varies by your symptoms and how progressed the disease is.
What Is Cardiac Electrophysiology?
If you've been diagnosed with a heart rhythm disorder, you might know about cardiac electrophysiology. In most cases, this field of study is used to diagnose and treat certain heart conditions that affect the electrical activity of the heart muscle. Most often, these kinds of tests are performed on older people, but younger people with congenital heart conditions can also benefit from the diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities of this treatment area.
Is the TAVR Procedure the Best Option for Your Heart Valve Issues?
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, is a minimally invasive surgery that replaces a damaged valve in the heart. When a heart valve is damaged and left untreated, it can cause muscle damage, congestive heart failure or, in extreme cases, sudden death. Although a patient with heart valve issues may not notice symptoms right away, regular checkups can help identify any problems so preventive measures, such as TAVR, can be taken.
What Are the Signs of a Blood Clot?
Having a blood clot can be an unpredictable and life-changing event. Each year, nearly one million Americans are affected by deep vein thrombosis (DVT), just one type of clot, says the American Society of Hematology. You can't self-diagnose blood clots, but if you're aware of the common symptoms and health risks, you will be more likely to know if and when to talk to your doctor.