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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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    SCAI answered:

    Is there a difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest?

    Both heart attack and heart failure are serious medical conditions that can cause death. 
    Heart attack is caused by sudden total clogging of an artery that gives blood to the heart muscle. This kills part of the muscle of the heart, which weakens the heart.
    Heart failure occurs when the heart cannot...Read More
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    What is angina?

    Angina, or chest pain, strikes when the heart is not getting enough blood. You may feel pressure, tightness or a squeezing pain in your chest. You may also feel pain in your jaw, neck, shoulders, arms or back. Women are more likely than men to feel the pain in the arms or back or simply be short...Read More
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    Is it safe to take supplements and other meds with heart medication?

    Sometimes patients do not realize they need to tell their physician about everything they are taking, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, and hormone-based birth control. Forgetting to tell your physician about supplements and medications - or feeling too embarrassed...Read More
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    What is Kawasaki disease?

    In Kawasaki disease, an error of the body’s disease-fighting system (the immune system) causes it to mistakenly attack its own tissues, including the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the heart. If not treated, Kawasaki disease can seriously damage the heart arteries and possibly lead to heart...Read More
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    Are over-the-counter medications safe for heart disease patients?

    II you are a heart disease patient, you might be most concerned about your prescription drugs, but it is also a good idea to carefully read labels for any over-the-counter (OTC) medications that you use and to consult your doctor about any vitamin or herbal supplements you take. You will want to...Read More
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    SCAI-TV at TCT.16: FDA Clears Next Generation Robotic PCI

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    How common is truncus arteriosus?

    Truncus arteriosus occurs in 1 percent of children born with congenital heart disease. Read More
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    What types of information are typically on a prescription drug label?

    Prescription labels may vary from one pharmacy to another, but they typically share the following kinds of information:

    - pharmacy’s name, address, and telephone number
    - prescription number assigned only to that prescription
    - date you are filling the prescription
    - patient’s name and address
    -...Read More
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    Are stents safe?

    All medical treatments carry some risk, however small, but many studies have been completed that prove the benefits of stents outweigh the risks most of the time. Once risks are understood, there are ways to offset them. For instance, drug-eluting stents (these are stents that are coated with drugs...Read More
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    What is a drug interaction?

    Sometimes researchers discover that certain drugs, foods, or vitamin or herbal supplements affect one another and can make a medication less, or more, powerful than was intended or lead to other side effects. Other times a patient may neglect to divulge all medications that he or she is taking and...Read More
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    What is stent thrombosis?

    Stent thrombosis is a rare condition that occurs when a blood clot forms on the surface of a stent, raising the risk of blood flow in an artery being reduced or cut off. After either a bare metal or drug-eluting stent is implanted, there is a small risk of stent thrombosis. The chance of forming blood...Read More
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    What do I need to expect after a heart surgery?

    Typically, on the day after cardiac bypass surgery, you will:
    Learn deep breathing and coughing exercises
    Sit up Drink clear liquids and, as tolerated, eat solid food
    Move out of intensive care.
    Wear a small, portable device that monitors your heart rate Read More
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    What is cardiomyopathy?

    Cardiomyopathy refers to diseases that enlarge, weaken or stiffen the muscles in the walls of the heart. When these muscles do not work well, the heart cannot circulate blood through the body. That can lead to heart failure. Causes of cardiomyopathy include high blood pressure, diseases of the heart...Read More
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    Why might a cardiovascular patient be prescribed diuretics?

    Diuretics are often prescribed to cardiovascular patients to lower blood pressure, which will help reduce cumulative damage to the heart and arteries. They cause your body to eliminate salt and water (through urine or perspiration), which in turn lowers blood pressure. High blood pressure exerts...Read More
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    What is the treatment for truncus arteriosus?

    Surgical repair of truncus arteriosus is recommended in the first two weeks of the baby’s life. In the procedure, the surgeon separates the blood vessel going to the lungs (the pulmonary artery) from the truncus arteriosus and connects it directly to the heart’s lower right pumping chamber (the right...Read More