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Pacemaker

Friday, April 12th, 2013

A Pacemaker is a small, artificial, electrical device placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms. Pacemakers steady patients’ heartbeats by regulating Sinoatrial node contractions. A Pacemaker is used to treat Arrhythmias and can help patients resume a more active lifestyle.

Pacemakers consist of two major parts: the generator and the leads. The generator is essentially a tiny computer (along with a battery and other electronic components), housed in a hermetically sealed titanium container. Most modern Pacemaker generators are roughly the size of an American 50-cent coin, and approximately three times as thick. More



Heart valve surgery

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Heart valve surgery is used to repair or replace diseased heart valves. During heart valve surgery, the surgeon trims, shapes, or rebuilds one or more of the leaflets (flaps that open and close the valve). Valve repair is best for the mitral and tricuspid valves. The aortic valve is usually not repaired but replaced. Replacement means your diseased valve is removed and a new valve is inserted in its place. Most valve replacements involve the aortic and mitral valves. The aortic valve separates the left ventricle (your heart’s main pumping chamber) and the aorta (the major artery that carries blood to your body). More



Heart disease

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Heart disease is a broad term used to describe a range of diseases that impair normal functioning of the heart. It may be structural or functional abnormalities of the heart or of the blood vessels. The various diseases that fall under the umbrella of heart disease include: More



Arrhythmia

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Arrhythmias are abnormal heart rhythms that make the heart beat in a way it should not, either too fast, too slow or erratically. They occur when the heart’s electrical impulses which coordinate the frequency of heartbeats, do not work properly. More



Angioplasty

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Angioplasty is a procedure done during cardiac catheterization to repair/expand a damaged blood vessel or unblock a coronary artery.

Arteries can become blocked for a number of reasons, the most common of which is atherosclerosis, a disease characterized by the accumulation of plaques in the arteries. As you age, a waxy substance called plaque can build up inside your arteries and this condition causes the ‘hardening of the arteries’, and it is influenced genetics, environmental factors and also by lifestyle factors including smoking and high-fat diets. More



Heart Bypass Surgery

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Heart bypass surgery creates a new route, called a bypass, for blood and oxygen to reach your heart when one or more of the coronary arteries become obstructed. The surgery involves removing a healthy blood vessel from another part of the body and grafting it onto the heart to circumvent the blocked artery. More




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