Archives for July 2018

What Does a Heart Attack Feel Like

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 735,000 Americans each year have a heart attack. 210,000 of these cases happen to someone who’s previously had a heart attack, with the remaining suffering their first. So what does a heart attack feel like? Whether you know someone who’s recently had a heart attack or you want […]

What Is the Ductus Arteriosus

​The ductus arteriosus plays an integral role in the development of a fetus, allowing the majority of blood to flow around the body rather than to the lungs. However, sometimes, the natural development of this part of the heart doesn’t happen as it should, leading to complications at birth and throughout life. Below, we’ll explore exactly what […]

Can Aortic Regurgitation Cause High Blood Pressure

​Aortic regurgitation (sometimes referred to as aortic valve regurgitation) occurs when the aortic valve in your heart doesn’t close tightly. This allows some of the blood that should be leaving the heart to leak back into it. In turn, this may stop your heart from pumping blood efficiently around your body, causing shortness of breath and […]

Symptoms, Causes and Health Risks of an Enlarged Heart

The Symptoms, Causes, and Health Risks of an Enlarged Heart An enlarged heart, also known as cardiomegaly, indicates an underlying condition – it isn’t a disease in itself. Essentially, “cardiomegaly” refers to an imaging test highlighting the fact that a person’s heart is larger than usual. To find out what’s causing it, further tests will need conducting. There […]

How Ablation Treatment Works

How Ablation Treatment Works: The Procedure, Risks, and Results Ablation is used to try and correct or control abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Using cryoablation (freezing) or radiofrequency (heat), it targets the area of your heart that’s causing the arrhythmia. This causes scar tissue to form which either disrupts the heart’s abnormal circuits or destroys the muscle […]