Heart Disease Treatment
- Q Is hormone replacement therapy recommended for heart disease prevention?
Marcy Holmes, NursingThe reason to use estrogen is for some type of symptom relief, but it is not your only option. Pill forms of estrogens seem to increase clotting factors and increase various cardiac risks, so estrogen use is not suggested for heart disease... Full Answer
- Q After heart surgery, what are chest tubes used for?
Dr. Brian Mott, Cardiothoracic SurgeryUsually 2 - 3 soft plastic chest tubes are placed around the heart and lungs after open heart surgery to drain any blood or fluids that would collect after the operation. They also drain any air leak that could come from either lung after the surgery.... Full Answer
- Q Should I always choose an angioplasty if I have coronary heart disease?
Dr. Dean Ornish, Internal MedicineA randomized controlled trial comparing regular exercise with angioplasty in patients with heart disease found that people who chose exercise did much better than those undergoing angioplasty after one year. They had a higher event-free survival rate,... Full Answer