What is Angina?

Angina is a type of chest pain that can occur when the heart is not receiving enough blood flow to meet the demand of the body. The pain is often described as pressure, tightness, or a squeezing sensation. Angina is a common symptom of coronary artery disease, which is the narrowing of the coronary arteries. […]

Heart Disease in Men and Women

Heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions, including coronary artery disease and heart attack. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and there are certain risk factors that are shared among men and women, including: Obesity Family history High blood pressure Smoking […]

Right-Sided Heart Failure

Right-sided heart failure is the result of the right ventricle’s inability to effectively pump blood to the lungs. It is also called pulmonary heart disease. Right-sided heart failure is often caused by a weakened left ventricle that is struggling to efficiently pump blood to the rest of the body, also known as left-sided heart failure. […]

How is the Impella Heart Pump Different from an Intra-aortic Balloon Pump?

Your cardiologist may use either an Impella® heart pump or an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) to help your heart pump blood during a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedure. What are these devices? The Impella heart pump and the IABP are medical devices that help your heart pump blood in a different way. The Impella heart […]

PCI vs. Protected PCI: What is the Difference and Which One is Right for Me?

  Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Percutaneous coronary intervention—or PCI—is a nonsurgical procedure performed in the catheterization lab (cath lab) by an interventional cardiologist. The purpose of the procedure is to open up narrowed arteries using either a stent and/or balloon angioplasty. During a balloon angioplasty, the interventional cardiologist uses a long, thin tube called a […]

Know the Signs of Stroke and How to Protect Your Heart

How to recognize, respond to, and prevent a stroke A stroke occurs when the blood flow to parts of the brain is reduced or interrupted. Sometimes a stroke is called a “brain attack.” Brain cells die when they do not receive enough oxygen and nutrients. Symptoms vary depending on which parts of the brain are […]

You Are Never Too Young to Talk to Your Doctor About Heart Health

Although we think of heart disease as something that happens to “old people,” the reality is that heart problems can begin at any age. In fact, a recent study found that the rate of heart attacks in younger people (aged 35-54 years) increased from 27% to 32% between 1995 and 2014.1 The increase was even […]

What is the Difference Between a Heart Attack and Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack every 40 seconds.1 That’s an estimated 790,000 Americans each year. Sudden cardiac arrest causes an estimated 350,000 deaths each year in the U.S. according to the American Heart Association.2 That’s about 1,000 people each day. To better understand […]

How Lowering Cholesterol Can Reduce Heart Disease

Lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol can reduce your risk of heart disease. That is the conclusion of a meta-analysis study that combined data from 49 randomized clinical trials with a total of 312,175 participants.

The Impact of Low Health Literacy on Heart Disease

October is Health Literacy Month. Let’s learn more about the importance of health literacy and how it impacts patients with heart disease. Health literacy is the ability of patients and the general public to understand health information. This includes information told to patients by healthcare professionals or given to them in writing. This is important […]