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Anti-Platelets Medications
Anti-Platelets Medications
Anti-platelet medications are given as a preventative measure aiming to reduce the 'stickiness' of the blood hence reducing the chances of a clot forming within an…...
Atherectomy and Unblocking Blood Vessels
Atherectomy and Unblocking Blood Vessels
An atherectomy is a procedure performed to help unblock or widen artereis that have become obstructed by substances known as athrolsclerotic plaques or atheroma....
Coronary Angioplasty Surgery
Coronary Angioplasty Surgery
Coroanry angioplasty is a technique used to widen the coronary arteries that have become blocked or narrowed due to a buid up of fatty plaques. It requires the use of…...
Emergency First Aid for Heart Attacks
Emergency First Aid for Heart Attacks
Learning the basic skills needed to save someone's life are essential. A heart attack can occur at any time and the person will need immediate assistance in order to…...
Explaining Cardiac Enzymes
Explaining Cardiac Enzymes
Cardiac enzymes are substances that are found in the tissues of the heart. Raised levels of the enzymes can help in the diagnosis of certain heart conditions such as…...
Fibrinogen Treatment Before Heart Surgery
Fibrinogen Treatment Before Heart Surgery
Early trials have shown that patient prone to bleeding after cardiac surgery may benefit from doses of fibrinogen concentrate just before their operation....
Having a Coronary Artery Bypass
Having a Coronary Artery Bypass
Coronary artery bypass grafting involves the use of major surgery to overcome heart disease caused by blocked coronary arteries....
Heart Transplants Explained
Heart Transplants Explained
Heart transplantation is a surgical procedure involving the removal of a diseasede or damaged heart from the patient and replacing it with a donor heart from a…...
Heart Valve Replacement Surgery
Heart Valve Replacement Surgery
If one of the main valves in the heart fails, it is now possible to repair the heart valve surgically, or to replace it completely by either keyhole surgery or open…...
How Pacemakers Work
How Pacemakers Work
Pacemakers are devices implanted intot he patient that help keep the heart in a regualr and healthy rhythm. They are most often used for those who suffer from…...
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD)
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD)
ICD's are medical devices used to help prevent death from cardiac arrest. They are designed to monitor and detect the heart rhythm and intervene if necessary using…...
Laser Surgery for Coronary Artery Disease
Laser Surgery for Coronary Artery Disease
A new method of treating coronary artery disease has recently been developed. It involves using laser treatment to punch holes in heart muscle to stimulate a better…...
Long Acting Nitrates
Long Acting Nitrates
Long acting nitrates are commonly prescribed to those who experience frequent attacks of angina. The Substance in the drug is released slowly into the body and helps…...
Recovering from Heart Surgery
Recovering from Heart Surgery
Recovering from heart surgery can be a hard task for even the fittest person, but in order to make sure your recovery is successful it is important to follow advice…...
Taking Calcium-Channel Blockers
Taking Calcium-Channel Blockers
Calcium channel-blockers are medications prescribed for the inhibition of calcium re-uptake by the cell. It is given for high blood pressure as it permits the…...
Thrombolysis Causes & Treatments
Thrombolysis Causes & Treatments
Thrombolysis is a treatment given most often in the presence of heart attack and is used to try and dissolve the blood clot that has obstructed the coronary artery....
Using Beta-blockers
Using Beta-blockers
Beta-blockers are a group of drugs formulated for the treatment of high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms, following a heart attack and in the prevention of angina....
What Are Aldosterone Antagonists?
What Are Aldosterone Antagonists?
Aldosterone antagonists are drugs that act as diuretics - they increase the production of more dilute urine. This reduces excess fluid in the body that can occur when…...
What are Statins?
What are Statins?
Statins are used in the treatment of high cholesterol, and aim to reduce the level of cholesterol made by the liver. In doing so, fatty build ups in the blood vessels…...
What is Glyceryl Trinitrate (GTN)?
What is Glyceryl Trinitrate (GTN)?
Glyceryl trinitrates are drugs given to help in the treatment and prevention of angina. They work by relaxing the blood vessels allowing more oxygen enriched blood to…...
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