Is an Echocardiogram Right For Me?

An echocardiogram (echo or ECG) is “the most cost-effective, safe and portable tool for cardiac diagnosis” according to Sharon Mulvagh’s recent article in Cardiovascular Business. Cardiologists also use echos to check heart function. Echo uses sound waves to make pictures of your beating heart—the atria, ventricles, valves, aorta, arteries, and veins attached to your heart. […]

Cheap Groceries Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Disease

It’s no surprise to hear subsidized foods like corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, sorghum, dairy and livestock can be found in your local grocery store, favorite vending machine or fast food joint around the corner. These ‘cheap foods’ taste good and priced right. However, your chances of heart disease increases the more cheap food you eat. […]

Heart Disease Remains Leading Cause of Death for Americans

CDC statistics continue to point at heart disease as the number one killer of Americans, with cancer coming in second. Other causes of mortality ranked as serious by the Center included chronic lower respiratory diseases, car accidents, drug overdoses, and stroke. This is no surprise to cardiologists, as heart disease has remained in the top […]

Signs of Coronary Artery Disease and Tips for Protecting Your Heart

Mr. Stone was recently diagnosed with coronary artery disease. He wants to know more. Let’s explain: Coronary arteries are the arteries that supply the heart with oxygen and nutrients. They can accumulate plaque and become narrow, just like other arteries in your body. However, if blood flow through the coronary arteries is limited, the heart […]

How Does the Heart Work

Ms. Smith’s mother and father both have heart disease. She wants to know how the heart works and what she can do to maintain a healthy heart. The heart is a muscle that provides the force needed to move blood around your entire body and return back to the heart. The heart is the size […]

Welcome to the Protected PCI “Living with Advanced Heart Disease” Blog

Welcome to the Protected PCI “Living with Advanced Heart Disease” blog, a place where patients can learn about their heart disease in simple, easy-to-understand language. Brought to you by Abiomed—a world leader in medical technologies designed to assist or replace the failing heart—this Protected PCI blog is for everyone: patients, caretakers, family, friends, and anyone […]