Angioplasty is a common medical procedure implemented to aid in the shortness of breath or reduces damage to the heart muscle caused by a heart attack. During angioplasty, a small balloon is expanded inside the coronary artery to relieve the blockage.
Our valves unite the four chambers in the heart, allowing blood to flow freely between them. If these valves are blocked surgeons need to restore the blood flow around the body either by clearing the obstruction with valvuloplasty surgery or by replacing the valves.
Healthy arteries are a key to a strong heart. The aorta is the main artery in the body and safeguarding a clear aorta passageway is one of the main jobs of cardiologists. Heart bypass surgeries and artery repairs are common procedures.
Sometimes there is nothing cardiologists can do to repair damage to the heart and patients must undergo heart transplant surgery. The waiting process for a donor heart and waiting to ensure the body has not rejected the donor heart is a challenging course. Heart transplant surgery is always the final option and cardiologists do their best to ensure you are as comfortable and as informed as possible. For peace of mind, ask a sympathetic cardiologist any questions you have about heart transplant surgery. A healthy heart keeps the body strong.
A hole in the heart (atrial septal defect) is a congenital heart problem that is commonly identified at birth. Atrial septal defects (ASD) are commonly known as a heart murmur due to the sounds made when cardiologists listen to the beating heart through a stethoscope. The 'hole' is in the wall/septum of the heart that separates the right and left ventricle chambers.
A hole in the heart will often close by itself. Cardiologists will monitor the development of children born with ASDs, usually at twice yearly appointments. Holes in the heart normally close by the time a year is 5 years old.
Large atrial septal defects are operated on when the child is between 2-5 years old. There are two methods of surgery a cardiologist can use to close the hole and repair the heart - a catheter procedure or open-heart surgery.
Heart problems can remain undetected and many congenital heart problems will not have obvious symptoms. It is important that anyone who thinks they may have a problem with their heart visit a cardiologist who will perform routine heart checks.
Common heart conditions include:
Angina - narrowing of the coronary arteries
Heart Palpitations - irregular heartbeat
Heart Valve Disease - blood cannot enter or leave the heart efficiently
Hole in the Heart - a common defect affecting 1/4 people
Heart Attack - sudden blockage in the arteries preventing blood flow
Heart problems can be fatal if neglected. It is important you are aware of the symptoms of heart disease and visit a doctor immediately if symptoms appear.
A cardiac treatment to open constricted heart valves as an alternative to heart valve replacement, percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty involves a balloon being used to open the restricted valve.In a procedure similar to a coronary angioplasty, a catheter is placed through a vein, usually in the groin. A balloon is attached to the end of the catheter and is inflated once inside the valve. The inflated balloon opens the valve and allows blood to flow normally between the chambers of the heart.
Heart attacks happen when the blood and oxygen supply to one of the heart muscles is stopped. If blood and oxygen flow is prevented from reaching the heart for a prolonged period, the heart stops working to pump blood around the rest of the body.
Contrary to popular belief, heart attack symptoms usually come on slowly with symptoms becoming more intense. Heart attack symptoms may not be as obvious in women so it is important to note the different signs that may indicate a heart attack in women
Heart disease and disorders can often go undetected as the symptoms can be confused for another problem. Many heart disease, especially genetic defects, are not diagnosed until the symptoms become severe. Knowing what to look for can help diagnose heart problems before they lead to heart attack or stroke.
Warning signs include:
The information on this site is not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment from a licensed medical practitioner. If you are experiencing a serious medical condition call your local emergency services or your doctor.