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Did you know Cardiovascular Disease is the #1 cause of death in the U.S.? Members of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) are the world's foremost authorities in treating cardiovascular disease. SCAI supports the fight against cardiovascular disease by advancing patient care in invasive and interventional cardiovascular medicine through patient/physician education including its comprehensive patient education website, http://www.seconds-count.org.

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    If you smoke, the good news is you can do something right now to reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease - stop smoking!

    Women who smoke, especially those who are overweight and those who take birth control pills and other hormone-based contraceptives, are among the most at risk for heart...Read More
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    When you smoke, you expose your heart and blood vessels to nicotine, carbon monoxide, and other harmful substances contained in smoke. These agents have a direct influence on the inner walls of blood vessels, such as causing blood pressure to go up and cholesterol levels to climb. Smoking also causes...Read More
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    You may have heard of magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is an MRI that produces images of blood vessels in the body. If your physician wants to evaluate you for carotid artery disease, he or she may recommend an MRA test. MRA, similar to a CT scan, involves having a patient...Read More
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    If your physician wants to evaluate you for carotid artery disease, he or she may recommend diagnostic testing. One such test is computer tomography (CT) angiography.

    During a CT scan, the patient lies on a table inside a tube. The tube takes detailed X rays of portions of the human body at di...Read More
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    As we age, cholesterol and fatty substances build up in our arteries, causing the arteries to narrow and increasing our risk for cardiovascular disease, including both carotid artery disease and coronary artery (heart) disease. The relationship between the two diseases is direct: if you are at risk...Read More
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    When you smoke, you expose your heart and blood vessels to nicotine, carbon monoxide, and other harmful substances contained in smoke. These agents have a direct influence on the inner walls of blood vessels, such as causing blood pressure to go up and cholesterol levels to climb. Smoking also causes...Read More
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    Cardiovascular disease patients should talk to their physicians before taking any supplements. In the United States, the standards for approval of a supplement are less rigorous than for prescription medications. In many cases, there can be interactions between supplements and prescription medications....Read More
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    Overall, the influenza vaccine is recommended (in the shot form only, not the intranasal spray) for all heart disease patients. However, some people do have an allergic reaction to the flu shot. Anyone who has had a severe reaction to the flu vaccine in the past, including Guillain-Barré syndrome,...Read More
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    Patients of all ages can receive the flu vaccine, including children. Most pediatric interventional cardiologists recommend that most children with structural heart disease receive the annual flu shot. Patients with heart disease are at a greater risk of complications from influenza.
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    Not only is the flu shot safe for heart disease patients, it is in fact also strongly recommended by many physicians for patients with heart disease. Currently, an estimated 40 percent of adult patients who have heart disease do not receive an annual influenza vaccination. This has real consequences:...Read More
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    You might think of strep throat as a painful annoyance, but it can also be harmful to your heart health. If you suspect you have strep throat, it is important to seek a diagnosis from your primary care physician. Rheumatic fever, which can result if strep throat is not treated, can damage the heart's valves,...Read More
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    A “mini-stroke,”or transient ischemic attack (TIA), occurs when blood flow is temporarily cut off to the brain, causing stroke-like symptoms. In a healthy person, blood travels to the brain through arteries in the neck called the carotid arteries. If these arteries are blocked by the build-up of...Read More
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    Over the course of your life so far, you were most likely familiar with the heart because of its beating. Perhaps you heard your heartbeat through a stethoscope or listened to someone else's heartbeat. Or maybe you put two fingers to your wrist or neck to feel your pulse. Your pulse is your heartbeat...Read More
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    If you look at the word arrhythmia, you can see that it has the word rhythm in it. A heart arrhythmia means that the heart does not beat with a normal rhythm. It might be too fast, too slow, or irregular. The heart has a built in electrical system that governs the heartbeat. Think, for example, of an a...Read More
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    The human body has different systems for handling different functions. The cardiovascular system is responsible for distributing blood throughout your body. It includes the heart and blood vessels. Cardiovascular disease, or CVD, refers to a broad range of diseases that affect this system. Among them are coronary...Read More