What is Atrial Fibrillation or AFib?

What is Atrial Fibrillation or AFib?

Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained heart rhythm in the United States affecting about 3 million Americans. Instead of beating normally, the upper chambers quiver or fibrillate. The upper chambers no longer fill the lower chambers with blood and heart...
What beta blockers are approved for heart failure?

What beta blockers are approved for heart failure?

There are two beta blockers approved for heart failure in the United States. The first is metoprolol succinate (also called Toprol XL, Toprol, metoprolol ER or metoprolol ER succinate). This long-acting formulation should not be confused with short-acting metoprolol...
Three components of treating heart failure

Three components of treating heart failure

    There are three components to keeping heart failure under control: –          Daily weights –          Diuretics –          Fluid restriction/salt restriction Daily weights are critical for heart failure patients. Weights should be done...
Should I Use Aspirin?

Should I Use Aspirin?

Aspirin acts on the platelets which are the blood clotting cells of the body. It makes them less “sticky” – less likely to form a blood clot. If a cholesterol plaque inside a blood vessel ruptures, the body’s natural reaction is to form a clot in that area. This can...
Angiogram vs. Angioplasty (and stents)

Angiogram vs. Angioplasty (and stents)

An angiogram of the heart is a direct visualization of the coronary arteries and is the gold standard test to diagnose blockages in the arteries. During an angiogram a light anesthesia is used to provide relaxation and a numbing medicine is administered in the groin...
Results of a cardiac catheterization

Results of a cardiac catheterization

There are several results that are possible after undergoing cardiac catheterization (angiogram of the blood vessels of the heart). The best result is that there are no critical blockages detected by the test. The chest pain and/or abnormal test results are not...
An introduction to chest pain

An introduction to chest pain

“Chest pain” is a general term used in the medical profession to describe ANY SYMPTOM IN THE CHEST. It may be a sign that the heart is not getting enough blood and should be evaluated in a timely manner. Pain in the chest may be described as a tightness, burning,...
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