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What You Need to Know about Coronary Artery Disease

February 22, 2017

Coronary Artery Disease (also called CAD) is the most common type of heart disease. Despite advances is diagnosis and treatment, it remains the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, according to the National Institutes of Health/US Library of Medicine. CAD occurs when cholesterol or plaque build up on the inner walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart. This causes the arteries to harden and become narrow, which means less blood flow and oxygen to the heart. This can cause chest pain or a heart attack. "When a cardiac emergency occurs, it literally...Continue Reading

Echo-ing the Interior of Your Heart

February 20, 2017

For avid fishermen, the ability to 'see' underwater to determine choice fishing spots is key to a successful day of fishing. Some of them use ultrasound to help them find schools of fish. The ultrasound waves are created and beamed through the water, and when they encounter fish—marked by a change in the density of the water—the ultrasound bounces back to the fisherman in the boat. The fisherman's ultrasound equipment can analyze the beam to determine the shape and size of the objects bouncing back. So with the aid of ultrasound, the lucky fisherman has found fish. Rodney Graber, MD, FACC, a...Continue Reading

Types of Heart Defects

Cardiology 101: Understanding the Different Types of Heart Defects

February 17, 2017

A healthy heart has arteries, valves, and chambers that are responsible for carrying blood throughout the body. When these components work as they should, blood is pumped in a circulatory pattern, through the heart, then to the lungs to obtain oxygen, back to the heart, and finally, throughout the body to deliver oxygen. If anything is amiss with the arteries, chambers, and valves, circulation can be impaired. What is a Heart Defect? Heart defects are structural problems that arise due to abnormal formation of the heart or major blood vessels. There are at least 18 different types of...Continue Reading

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Be Still My Heart: Treating Atrial Fibrillation

February 17, 2017

For most people, a fast-beating heart is a sign of excitement, exercise or anticipation. For approximately five million adults in the United States, however, it is a symptom of Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib. AFib is a serious medical condition. It's a major cause of stroke, congestive heart failure, heart attacks and hospitalizations. "AFib is an abnormal heart rhythm that causes the heart to beat fast and chaotically, and at times even slow down and stop," explains Glenn Brammer, MD, a cardiologist at Augusta Health Cardiology and an expert in cardiac electrophysiology. "Our heart has four...Continue Reading

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Heart Attack Warning Signs You Should Not Ignore

February 8, 2017

Heart attacks are the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Every year, approximately 735,000 Americans experience a heart attack or myocardial infarction. Ventricular fibrillation is a leading cause of death of heart attack sufferers, and this typically occurs before victims can make it to an emergency room. For those who can get treatment in time, the prognosis is excellent, as most modern treatments yield a survival rate of more than 90 percent. The remaining percentage of those who do eventually die are those who have suffered significant damage to the...Continue Reading

Calling an ambulance instead of driving yourself to a hospital when a loved one suffers a heart attack may save their life.

Life Saving Advice: What to Do if a Loved One Suffers a Heart Attack

February 2, 2017

When someone you love is suffering from a heart attack, every minute matters when seeking medical care. How you react when the unthinkable happens can be the difference between life and death. To help, we’ve put together some incredibly important information about how to react to a heart attack. If somebody you’re with is suffering from a heart attack you should immediately call 9-1-1, request an ambulance, and have the person chew and swallow a Tylenol while waiting for an EMT to arrive. It is strongly advised during a heart attack that you should not drive them to the hospital yourself,...Continue Reading

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Ask A Doctor... About Stable and Unstable Angina

September 30, 2016

Although angina and unstable angina have similar symptoms, they differ in terms of severity and when the symptoms occur.Continue Reading

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Ask A Doctor... About Blood Pressure

September 23, 2016

Ask the Doctor: What’s a normal blood pressure? Answer provided by E. Julius Aitsebaomo, MD, a cardiologist with Augusta Health Cardiology in the Heart & Vascular Center at Augusta Health. Dr. Aitsebaomo attended the University of Texas Medical School and completed a fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His professional interests are cardiovascular care and echocardiography. Dr. Aitsebaomo is married with two children, and enjoys tennis and soccer. Contact Augusta Health Cardiology at (540) 332-4278. For general information about the practice, contact Renie...Continue Reading

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Ask A Doctor... About Cholesterol

September 16, 2016

What's the difference between 'good' cholesterol, 'bad' cholesterol, and triglycerides? Aren't they all just fat in your blood that causes heart attacks?Continue Reading

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