What Is A Heart Murmur: What You Need To Know

The human heart, in a healthy adult, beats somewhere around 50 to 100 times a minute. The lower amount is a resting rate, and the higher amount is when you are exerting yourself. But, what is a heart murmur?There are many different things that can affect the averages of heartbeats, and whether or not your […]

How to Improve Heart Health for a Longer and Better Quality Life Right Now

Image by Pezibear via Pixabay You take your kids to school, drop them off, wish ’em goodbye, and tell them with a wink, “Now you kids behave! Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do!” They smile at you and say, “Sure, dad. Whatever you say.” You pull away from the school, checking for them in the […]

Pulmonary Valve: Everything You Need To Know

The heart is a delicate machine and ingenious feat of nature. It holds the power of life in our chests, and is an integral component in our bodies. Any threat to its inner workings is a threat on our life.Unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky to be born with a perfectly-functioning heart. Just the smallest […]

Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair / Replacement

  Surgical treatment for mitral valve disease includes either repairing the patient’s diseased valve or replacing it with a metal, mechanical valve or an animal tissue valve.  Mitral valve surgery was first performed in 1960, when surgeons replaced the diseased, native valve with an artificial valve.  For the next 20 years, replacement with a metal […]

Mitral Valve Prolapse

Mitral valve prolapse is the most commonly diagnosed heart valve abnormality, affecting five to ten percent of the world population.  A normal mitral valve consists of two thin leaflets, located between the left atrium and the left ventricle of the heart.  In patients with mitral valve prolapse, the mitral valve becomes affected by a process called […]

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR): Changing the paradigm for the treatment of aortic stenosis

One of the latest treatment options for aortic valve replacement surgery is Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) surgery.  TAVR involves fixing a valve that has become “stenotic” (blocked) by using catheters and wires to place an artificial valve inside of the diseased valve.  At present, there is only one TAVR device commercially available, in the […]

UNDERSTANDING YOUR HEART CATH: A GLOSSARY OF ANGIOGRAPHIC TERMS FOR THE NOVICE

The language of medicine is oftentimes more difficult to understand than a foreign language.  At BestHeartInfo.com we understand how important it is for patients and their families to be able to communicate with their healthcare providers to gain a better understanding of their medical issues.   We have had many requests for a primer on the […]