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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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    Smoking doubles your risk of having a stroke. For younger women, the combination of smoking and oral contraceptives can be particularly dangerous in terms of stroke risk.
    Here is how smoking and stroke risk are connected: Cigarette smoking contributes directly to damaging the smooth inner lining of the carotid...Read More
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    Depending on how the heart was repaired in childhood, the long-term effects may be different. For those who had the older surgical method of rerouting of the blood within the heart using special patches or baffles (called the Mustard or Senning procedure), the pumping chamber to the body remains...Read More
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    Obesity is a risk factor for sleep apnea, a common but serious sleep disorder that causes interruptions in breathing throughout the night. Losing weight may help treat sleep apnea in overweight or obese people. However, weight loss takes time, so it is not an immediate treatment and it may not work...Read More
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    Holter monitoring is usually used to solve a medical mystery. For example, you may be experiencing heart palpitations (an irregular heart rhythm), but nothing abnormal shows up on a standard electrocardiogram (ECG). A Holter monitor can provide more clues for your doctor to use in solving the mystery....Read More
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    Recovery from angioplasty and stenting is typically brief and many patients are able to return to work within a few days to a week after a procedure.    Always follow your doctor’s instructions about the activity level appropriate for you. A general guide is:

    • For the first five days, do only...Read More
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    You may have heard of magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is an MRI that produces images of blood vessels in the body. If your physician wants to evaluate you for carotid artery disease, he or she may recommend an MRA test. MRA, similar to a CT scan, involves having a patient...Read More
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    During the electrocardiogram (ECG), sticky electrode patches are applied to your chest, arms and legs. Wires connect the electrodes to a computer, which translates the electrical activity in your heart into tracings on a monitor and/or special ECG graph paper. Your doctor will analyze the ECG to learn...Read More
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    Even though a baby with pulmonary atresia lacks an outlet to conduct blood to the lungs, development is usually normal before birth. This is because fetal circulation conducts oxygen-rich blood through a hole in the heart wall between the heart’s upper chambers and also through the fetal blood vessel called the...Read More
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    Marfan syndrome is a disorder of the connective tissue - the tissue that holds the body together. It can be inherited or can happen to individuals without other family members being affected. In Marfan syndrome, the defective connective tissue does not perform as it should. This can affect the joints,...Read More
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    Over time, plaque - a fatty substance made up of cholesterol, calcium and other materials - builds up in our arteries. When an artery becomes blocked by plaque, it can cause a heart attack, stroke or painful blockages in the blood vessels of the legs. If plaque is soft enough, a specially trained...Read More
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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