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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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    An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) records the electrical activity in your heart. During the test, small, sticky patches (called electrodes) are placed on different areas of the body. Wires leading from the patches to a computer carry a signal that traces the heart’s electrical activity on paper or on a computer....Read More
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    After you receive a stent - a small, metal mesh tube that is implanted to prop open your artery after a blockage has been cleared through angioplasty - you will need to take medications for a couple of key reasons: to protect your stent and to combat the cardiovascular disease that caused a blockage...Read More
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    Antiplatelet therapy is prescribed for patients who have blockages in the blood vessels of their heart, neck, or limbs, and especially if they have had a heart attack or stroke. Taking these medications is critically important for patients who have received a stent - a small expandable metal mesh...Read More
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    Many women do not know they are at risk for heart disease - a surprising fact given that more women than men die from it each year. According to the American Heart Association only 1 in 5 women believe that heart disease is their greatest health threat.
    Cardiovascular disease in women has also been...Read More
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    The health of your heart is something you want to place in the best possible hands. So it can be daunting to be faced with choosing a cardiologist. Professional organizations for cardiology-related specialties can help you. These organizations extend credentials to cardiologists who meet requirements...Read More
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    When it comes to prevention for cardiovascular disease, there are really two types of prevention: primary prevention and secondary prevention.
    Primary prevention consists of treatment designed to prevent the onset of disease. For example, a patient who has high cholesterol but does not yet have build-up...Read More
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    A clinical trial is a research study conducted with human beings to see if a new medical device, medication or other treatment is effective and safe. Some study participants will be assigned to a “control arm” or “control group” in the study.
    Those who are in the control arm will not receive the...Read More
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    A 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) is the standard ECG performed while you rest quietly. The 12 leads are the 12 wires that connect sticky electrode patches on your chest, arms and legs to a computer. The computer translates information on the electrical activity in your heart into tracings on special ECG...Read More
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    Your kidneys are very important organs that perform many jobs to keep the body alive and healthy. Each day, the kidneys filter about 200 quarts of fluid. About two quarts are eliminated through the urine. The other 198 quarts are returned to the bloodstream.
     
     The kidneys’ jobs are to:
     
    Filter the...Read More
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    Cardiac rehab helps people make healthy choices and develop positive exercise and eating habits in a safe environment. These lifestyle changes help to reduce the chance of blockages in other arteries in the future. Cardiac rehab programs usually meet two to three times per week and require exercise in...Read More
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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