Why am I short of breath – could it be heart failure? The term heart failure is a frightening one – often people think about their heart stopping, ‘failing’ as the term goes – leading to death. But, as we’ve learned previously, there’s more to heart failure than the name. How does the heart pump? […]
What is a Right Heart Catheterization? So you have been told you need a Right Heart Catheterization (RHC), now what? Allow us at MyHeart to explain this procedure. Before delving into the specifics of a right heart catheterization, it is important to understand basic definitions and parts. A catheter is essentially a long hollow tube […]
The heart has a sac around it called the pericardium. The purpose of this sac is to protect the heart from the structures that surround it. Inside the sac there is normally a small amount of fluid evenly spread in a thin layer around the whole heart. This fluid around the heart is known as […]
Have you or a loved one recently suffered from a STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction) heart attack? Are you a physician or med student looking for STEMI diagnostic and treatment guidelines? This article is an all-encompassing STEMI resource guide. At myheart.net we’ve helped millions of people through our articles and answers. Now our authors are keeping readers […]
Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure (CHF), is a very common heart condition. As doctors, we understand exactly what we mean when this diagnosis is given, but for the patient it is often a different story. The words “heart failure” lead people to assume that their heart has “given up” and is actually […]
To survive a heart attack you first must understand what is actually happening to the body when a heart attack occurs. What happens in a heart attack? A sudden rupture in an unstable area of a wall in an artery leads to buildup of clot with often-total blockage of the artery. This cuts off the blood […]
Diastolic heart failure, is when you have heart failure with a near normal (preserved) ejection fraction. This type of heart failure is related more to the heart’s inability to relax. Diastolic Heart Failure sounds like a really scary thing, but don’t write your will yet. Learn the facts from a world renowned cardiologist.
By Jason L. Guichard MD, PhD Even though the term “heart failure” sounds incurable and fatal, most patients with heart failure are still able to live long and healthy lives. The key to heart failure management is early diagnosis and treatment, including lifestyle changes. The treatment of heart failure is complex and individualized to each […]