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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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    What does flossing my teeth have to do with heart health?

    Believe it or not, flossing may help prevent or manage heart disease. Researchers are not yet sure why, but patients with gum disease seem to have nearly twice the risk of also having heart disease. Flossing is key to preventing gum disease, or gingivitis.
    One theory about the link between heart...Read More
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    What is an interventional procedure?

    Stroke can occur if the branch of the carotid arteries (located in the neck) that carries blood to the brain becomes narrowed or blocked due to a build-up of plaque or the formation of a blood clot.  

    A surgical procedure, called endarterectomy, has traditionally been used to remove fatty deposits inside...Read More
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    What is a perfusionist?

    A perfusionist is the medical professional who operates the heart-lung bypass machine during bypass surgery. The machine takes over the responsibilities of the heart (to pump blood to the body) and lungs (to exchange carbon dioxide in the blood for oxygen) during the heart surgery. Having a machine take...Read More
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    What is aortic regurgitation (aortic insufficiency)?

    Aortic valve regurgitation is when the leaflets of the valve between the heart and the aorta (the main artery leading away from the heart) do not close tightly enough. In a heart with healthy valves, blood travels from the heart, through the aortic valve to the aorta, and then through smaller arteries...Read More
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    Can children recover from total anomalous pulmonary venous return?

    Yes, progress made in the treatment of congenital heart disease has made it possible for children with total anomalous pulmonary venous return (and other heart defects) not only to survive but also to lead normal lives. Children who receive prompt treatment typically fare very well. However, if the...Read More
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    Why is a stress test performed?

    A stress test is usually done to find out whether you have coronary artery disease. If you’ve been experiencing chest pain during exercise or had unexplained shortness of breath, for example, a stress test can help your doctor determine whether it is caused by a build-up of fat and cholesterol plaque...Read More
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    Can the renal (kidney) arteries become reblocked after angioplasty?

    Renal artery disease, or renal artery stenosis (RAS), is a condition in which blockages are present in the arteries that carry blood to the kidneys. One treatment option for RAS is angioplasty and stenting. Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure performed to clear blocked arteries. In certain...Read More
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    What is heart failure?

    Heart failure is a serious condition in which the heart loses its ability to keep up with the amount of blood needed by the body. Heart failure can occur due to conditions such as high blood pressure, diseased coronary arteries, untreated heart rhythm problems, infections, toxins or heart malform...Read More
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    How can I be sure I really need a stent?

    A stent is a metal, mesh tube that is used to prop open an artery after a blockage in the artery is cleared through a procedure called angioplasty. During angioplasty, a catheter - a thin, flexible tube - is inserted through a puncture site in the skin and threaded through the artery to the site...Read More
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    How do I prepare for a standard resting echocardiogram?

    You do not need to do anything special to prepare. You can eat and drink as usual and take any medications as prescribed, unless your doctor tells you not to.
    You will undress from the waist up for the test (women will wear a gown for privacy), so it will be more convenient if you wear a shirt or blouse...Read More
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    What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)?

    The abdominal aorta is the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the lower body. In part, the abdominal aorta feeds into the renal arteries, which supply blood to the kidneys.

    An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a potentially serious medical condition that occurs when a section

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    What are the details of treatment options for HLH syndrome?

    Children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome require treatment with either heart transplantation or a series of staged surgeries that establish a new circulatory system for the body. There are risks associated with both treatment options.
    Heart transplantation is simpler to perform than staged surgeries. With a...Read More
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    What are the symptoms of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)?

    Patent ductus arteriosus may be mild and have no symptoms or ill effects. However, it can be serious with symptoms that include:
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Rapid breathing
    • Bounding pulse
    • A bluish decoloration of the skin (called cyanosis)
    • Poor nutrition
    • Poor growth
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    What happens if an atrioventricular canal defect (AVC) is not treated?

    If an atrioventricular canal defect is not treated, there can be irreversible damage to the blood vessels of the lungs, a complication known as pulmonary vascular obstructive disease.  As blood vessel damage progresses, blood flow to the lungs is reduced and less-oxygenated (blue) blood goes to the body. This results...Read More
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    What is a stent?

    For patients whose cardiovascular symptoms do not respond to lifestyle changes and medicines, the best treatment is often angioplasty and stents. A specially trained heart doctor, called an interventional cardiologist, opens the artery by threading a long, thin tube called a catheter through the...Read More