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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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    Often a stroke victim will have no warning symptoms. However, some patients do experience warning signs in the form of a transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes referred to as a "mini-stroke." TIA symptoms caninclude numbness or paralysis (usually on one side of the body), difficulty speaking or u...Read More
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    When your doctor examines you, he or she may discover a warning sign of carotid artery disease through a very simple method: putting a stethoscope on your neck and listening. This is a diagnostic procedure that can sometimes detect a whooshing sound called a bruit. This sound indicates uneven blood...Read More
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    Did you know that men and women sometimes have different symptoms when experiencing a stroke? Because delayed treatment of a stroke can mean greater brain damage, it is important to know that the signs of a stroke might not always be the “classic” ones you might have heard about or witnessed. First, le...Read More
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    Many of the lessons learned in treating heart disease have been applied to treating vascular disease throughout the body, including the carotid arteries. Since the 1990s, there has been increasing excitement about the potential to apply angioplasty and stenting to the treatment of carotid artery...Read More
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    Perhaps you were diagnosed with a heart valve problem but your physician said it was not severe and he or she recommended monitoring its progress over more aggressive treatment. Or perhaps you recently underwent valvuloplasty or valve replacement or repair. In either case, there are actions you can...Read More
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    According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), about 75 percent of salt intake in the United States is through consumption of processed foods and food served by restaurants, that is, any food prepared by a commercial vendor outside of the home. That means that only 25 percent of salt c...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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    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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    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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    There is little better than finding out that something you enjoy that has traditionally been thought of as harmful to health may in fact have health benefits. Hence the interest in what may be a link between moderate red wine consumption and reduced incidence of heart disease. But do not open that...Read More
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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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    For men who are experiencing erectile dysfunction at a level they are concerned about, treatment might include a check-up at a primary care physician’s office and/or conversations with a psychologist. But what many men do not know is that it might be a signal to consult a cardiologist.

    Erectile...Read More
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    Not all congenital heart disease requires treatment. For those defects that do need to be treated, options for treatment generally consist of some combination of the following:
    • Medical therapy (medications)
    • Interventional procedures (use of thin, flexible tubes called catheters to make repairs
    ...Read More
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    The best management strategy for cholesterol control has two parts: lowering your “bad” (or LDL) cholesterol to reduce blockages, and raising your “good” (or HDL) cholesterol, which helps remove the bad cholesterol blockages from the blood vessels.
     
    In many cases, adopting the lifestyle changes...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