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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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    While stenting coronary arteries can stop heart attacks that are in progress and save lives, studies have shown that today's stents do not prolong life for patients who are not suffering a heart attack or are at risk for them. Rather, for these patients who are not experiencing a life-threatening...Read More
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    Aortic valve stenosis is when the valve leaflets between the heart and aorta (the main artery leading away from the heart) have narrowed and do not permit enough blood to exit the heart and travel to the rest of the body. A valve can narrow because the flaps have grown thick or stiff or have grown...Read More
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    During balloon angioplasty, stenting and other catheter-based cardiovascular treatments, a specialist called an interventional cardiologist performs the procedure. An interventional cardiologist is a licensed cardiologist who has also had one or two years of additional training in interventional procedures...Read More
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    Symptoms of atrial septal defect may not occur until adulthood – often age 30 or older – after damage to the heart and lungs has occurred. Even with large ASDs, symptoms may be minimal or absent.

    Adults with atrial septal defect may have some, all, or none of the following symptoms:

    - Shortness...Read More
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    Surgery is usually reserved as a last treatment option for sleep apnea, a common but serious sleep disorder in which breathing is interrupted throughout the night. The most common surgery (called uvulopalatopharyngoplasty) removes some soft tissue at the back of the throat, including the uvula (the...Read More
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    If you allow strep throat to go untreated, it can turn into an illness called rheumatic fever. If strep throat progresses to rheumatic fever, it can cause damage to the heart’s valves and reduce the ability of your heart to effectively pump blood to the rest of your body. Severe damage to the heart’s...Read More
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    People of all ages have cardiovascular disease, or CVD. How do these problems of the heart and arteries develop? Simply put, cardiovascular disease develops in two ways: over time or from birth.

    Heart disease that develops in a person over time is called acquired cardiovascular disease. Everyone...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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    When you have angioplasty to reopen a blocked artery, the entire procedure will be accomplished through a small puncture site in the skin on your leg or arm. The physician performing the procedure - an interventional cardiologist - will feed a thin tube called a catheter from this insertion point...Read More
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    Some risk factors for coronary artery disease cannot be prevented: aging, gender and family history, for example. However, there are many causes of coronary artery disease you can control through exercise, diet, medicines, and other lifestyle changes. Areas to target are obesity, smoking, physical...Read More
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    It is important to understand that everyone is at risk of heart disease. Heart disease can be acquired from birth or developed over the course of our lives.   Cardiovascular disease is another term used for heart disease. It implies disease of the heart and the vascular systems that supply blood...Read More
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    Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of women worldwide, but many women and healthcare providers still tend to think of it as a men’s disease. How can women close the gender gap in obtaining the heart disease care that they deserve?

    One way to address this problem immediately is to raise aw...Read More
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    In tetralogy of Fallot, the heart’s lower right pumping chamber (the right ventricle) has an abnormally narrow outlet to the lungs. This forces some of the blood that is low in oxygen (and darker in color) to cross through the hole in the wall between the two lower chambers, entering directly to...Read More
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    To understand how blood travels through the human body, we can begin in the heart. The heart is divided into four chambers: the upper chambers, called the left and right atria, and the lower chambers, which are called the left and right ventricles. The left ventricle pumps oxygen-rich blood out of...Read More
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    While certain minor heart valve problems may not require treatment, it is critical that advanced heart valve disease be treated. If it is not treated, it can lead to serious health problems:
        
    - Heart failure. This condition describes when the heart can no longer pump blood the way it should,...Read More