Ischemia

Intrinsic Cardiac Pacemakers

…Purkinge fibers that line the two ventricles may also "kick in" should the heart rate fall below 40 bpm. This can happen for several reasons: * Ischemia (lack of blood flow) to the SA and/or the AV node as in during an acute heart attack; * As the result of disease/aging of the conduction system; *…

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What To Do Before Opting For Heart Surgery

…His angiogram indicated two coronary vessels were about 70 percent blocked, and his stress test revealed a small area of what cardiologists call ischemia. No doubt about it: His heart was vulnerable to an attack. But Fred was satisfied with the quality of his life. He was not symptomatic and he wasn’t…

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How To Prevent Stroke

…research in preventing stroke is truly exciting. I have never come across any medication or supplement before with this much promise for impacting ischemia in the brain. But you need to take it in the right form. Most supplements labeled vitamin E contain alpha tocopherol by itself. But a full spectrum…

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Heart Attack and Stroke Differences

…and stroke and even TIA. A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is, as its very Latin name implies, a temporary (transient) episode of lack of oxygen (ischemia). We use the word attack because the person is often “attacked” abruptly with symptoms. The symptoms of both a TIA and stroke can be as subtle…

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Could You Have a Silent Heart Attack and Not Know It?

…electrocardiogram closely while he was on the exercise bike. The ECG monitor was showing he wasn’t getting enough blood to his heart. He was having silent ischemia. So I immediately reduced the resistance on the bicycle and asked him how he was feeling. He was surprised that I turned down the resistance. I asked…

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What is an Angina Attack?

…their similarities and the differences. Some refer to an angina attack as a heart cramp, which is actually a very apt term. Angina is a symptom of ischemia, which is a lack of adequate blood flow to the heart muscle cells. If you think of the heart as a muscle, which it is, then a cramp there is similar…

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Airport Angina: What You Need to Know

…the heart risks associated with air travel—namely “airport angina.” “Airport angina” is a phrase coined to describe heart symptoms of ischemia (lack of oxygen to the heart) provoked by hauling and lifting luggage. Plus, getting angina when you’re far from home is always an unsettling experience…

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Cardiology Terminology: Airport Angina

…around now more than usual. But what, exactly, does it mean? Essentially, “airport angina” is a phrase coined to describe heart symptoms of ischemia (lack of oxygen to the heart) that are provoked by hauling and lifting luggage. And getting angina when you’re far from home is always an unsettling…

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What are Cardiac Arrhythmias?

…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, there are several…

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