Heart Valves

When It Comes to Heart Issues, Men Can Feel Emotional

…insightful words. Yes, when you have heart surgery, whether it’s a new valve or a bypass, someone reaches in and touches your heart. In that rich experience of human contact—a pair of hands trying to heal a stilled heart—there can be a profound shift. Some hearts are healed on more than just a physical…

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Should You Take Blood-Thinning Drugs?

…blood and prevent blood clots which can cause strokes. This is especially true if you have mechanical heart valves, suffered an embolic stroke, have atrial fibrillation (AF) or had an extensive heart attack. But, like any drug, Coumadin does have side effects. The major one is excessive bleeding (bleeding…

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The Most Common Blood Thinners

…prevent blood clots from forming in the chambers of the heart and blood vessels. Studies have shown that common blood thinners like Coumadin can protect you from a stroke if you have mechanical heart valves, atrial fibrillation or had an extensive heart attack (scar tissue weakens contraction of the left…

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The Importance of Emotion Well-Being

heart has much to teach us about the high cost of emotional shutdown. The connection between our emotional well-being and our hearts is more than metaphorical. Your emotions truly are the heartstrings that join mind, spirit and body. Consider this during “heart month,” how the Valentine heart represents…

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Intrinsic Cardiac Pacemakers

…SA node. Should the SA node fail to fire within a certain time frame, the AV node will stimulate conduction at a heart rate of 40 to 60 bpm. The AV node ensures that the brain, the heart and the rest of the body get enough blood flow. The AV Node as a Cardiac Pacemaker How do we know when a heartbeat…

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Baby Aspirin and Statin Therapy

…comment that we still lack the evidence to start pulling out the prescription pad and routinely ordering statin therapy for anyone who has calcified heart valves. However, if you already have this condition, and are on a statin drug to treat your lipids, you should know that you may be improving your valvular…

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3 Times Conventional Treatments Trump Alternative Medicine

…above, the benefits of statin medications can far outweigh the risks—and even prove lifesaving. 2. If you have a prosthetic heart valve or atrial fibrillation with a leaky valve or enlarged left atrium, you must take Coumadin. There is no adequate blood-thinning substitute if you have those conditions…

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Why CoQ10 Can Literally Save Your Life

…an article by researchers in Japan explaining how CoQ10 helped people to come off the heart-lung bypass machine used during cardiac surgeries. Around that same time, a young pastor in my care needed mitral valve replacement surgery. He was in his fifties, in good health, with a loving young family—and…

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What are Cardiac Arrhythmias?

…arrhythmias as a result of using birth control pills * Mitral valve prolapse, a condition more common in women * Altitude * Exposure to EMF/ WiFi frequencies * Ischemia, or lack of blood flow to the heart as happens during angina or a heart attack. Are there different kinds of cardiac arrhythmias? Yes…

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