Heart Disease

Introduction to Heart Disease

Your heart is one of your body’s most important organs. Essentially a pump, the heart is a muscle made up of four chambers separated by valves and divided into two halves. Each half contains one chamber called an atrium and one called a ventricle. The atria (plural for atrium) collect blood, and the ventricles contract to push blood out of the heart. The right half of the heart pumps oxygen-poor blood (blood that has a low amount of oxygen) to the lungs where blood cells can obtain more oxygen. Then, the newly oxygenated blood travels from the lungs into the left atrium and the left ventricle. The left ventricle pumps the newly oxygen-rich blood to the organs and tissues of the body. This oxygen provides your body with energy and is essential to keep your body healthy.

Heart Disease — In The News
New Guidelines Call for No Heart Tests for Low-Risk Patients Mar 17, 2015

TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients who are at low risk for heart problems don't need to have screening tests such as EKGs and stress tests, a national association of primary care physicians recommends. The new guideline jibes with research that has suggested the tests are overused... Read More


Some Older Heart Patients Might Benefit From Aggressive Treatments Mar 16, 2015

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older people with certain types of heart problems might benefit from aggressive treatment they might otherwise not receive because of their age, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 458 patients, aged 80 and older, in Norway who had a type of heart... Read More


Procedure May Beat Drug in Patients With Heart Failure, Irregular Heartbeat Mar 16, 2015

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with heart failure can sometimes also develop the dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, which can raise their odds for stroke. Now, a study to be presented Monday in San Diego at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology... Read More


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