What is Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)?

In a healthy human heart, electrical signals are sent across tissues in the heart to control the way the heart beats. If these electrical signals are abnormal in the lower…

High Blood Pressure’s Effects on Your Heart and Body

Also called hypertension, high blood pressure is a condition that can cause damage to several areas of the body over a period of years. This is often the case before…

Aortic Anyeurism and Your Heart

Your heart is one of the most important muscles in the body, and it pumps enough blood to fill three supertanker trucks over the course of a lifetime. One of…

Smoking

How Does Smoking Affect Your Veins?

Cigarette smoking is a direct cause of about one in every five deaths in the United States each year, and while most people associate it most commonly with lung cancer,…

Cigarette smoking is a direct cause of about one in every five deaths in the United States each year, and while most people associate it most commonly with lung cancer, it’s also a major cause of heart and vein disease. About 20 percent of heart disease deaths in the US can be linked directly to… Read more »

What is Heart Failure

Heart failure, also referred to as congestive heart failure, is a condition that occurs when the heart doesn’t pump blood properly. Conditions like narrowed arteries or high blood pressure can…

What is a Cardiac Enzyme Test?

A cardiac enzyme test is a tool used by doctors to determine if someone is having or has already had a heart attack. This test checks for levels of enzymes…

How to Recognize a Heart Attack

A heart attack, which occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked, can be fatal. Immediate medical attention in the case of a heart attack is vital,…

How to Recognize a Heart Attack

A heart attack, which occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked, can be fatal. Immediate medical attention in the case of a heart attack is vital,…

Oxygen, Blood Flow and Pulmonary Atresia

Causes and Treatment of Heart Murmurs

A normal heartbeat makes two sounds that sound somewhat like a “lubb-dupp” noise to the human ear. Heart murmurs, however, describe a case in which whooshing or swishing sounds are…