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About Holter Monitoring For Heart Problems

If you are experiencing heart problems and a traditional ECG is inconclusive, your doctor may recommend using a Holter monitor. It is a small device that is used to record the heart activity over 1 to 3 days. It may seem daunting to have to undergo this type of testing. But it is harmless and […]

Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) For Heart Failure

What is a ventricular assist device? Ventricular assist device is a mechanical device that is implanted in the chest to assist with pumping of blood from the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles). These devices are implanted in people with a weak heart. It is placed in the right, left or both ventricles but most […]

Cardiomyopathy (Weak Heart) in Seniors

Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscles leading to weakening of the cardiac walls. There are three types of cardiomyopathy namely dilated, restrictive and hypertrophic. In cardiomyopathy the heart is unable to pump blood adequately to meet the needs of the body. There are various causes that can lead to cardiomyopathy and the condition […]

Pericarditis (Inflamed Heart Lining)

The thin membrane surrounding the heart is called the pericardium. It is composed of two layers, the inner visceral pericardium which is attached to the outer surface of the heart and the outer parietal pericardium. In between the two layers is a small amount of pericardial fluid within a small cavity. The inflammation of the […]

Heart Valve Disease in the Elderly

Blood flows through the heart in a single direction: from the upper chambers (atria) to the lower chambers (ventricles) and then out of the heart. This unidirectional flow of blood is regulated by four valves present in the human heart: two atrioventricular valves between the atria and the ventricles, and two semi-lunar valves in the […]

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