The beating of your heart is very organized, taking its cue from a built-in electrical system. A normal heart rate is regular, at 60 to 100 beats per minute. An arrhythmia is any kind of abnormal heartbeat—too fast, too slow, or irregular. This video explains different arrhythmias and what you should do if you have one.
Cardiac Stress Tests
A cardiac stress test may be ordered if you have or are suspected of having coronary artery disease. This test evaluates your heart’s response to stress or exercise. Watch this video and learn what to expect before, during, and after this procedure. Other types of stress tests will also be presented.
Cardiac catheterization procedure can diagnose a variety of heart conditions and determine the health of your coronary arteries, heart valves, and heart muscle. View this video to learn what happens during this procedure and various treatment options.
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
This procedure, a common type of open heart surgery, is one way to treat blockages in the arteries of the heart. Watch the video and learn about the surgery and what you can expect during recovery and rehabilitation.
You may need a pacemaker if you have an abnormal heartbeat. To understand how a pacemaker works, watch this video. It will also help you learn how to care for and live with your pacemaker.
Physical activity is healthy for your heart—even after you've had a heart attack or bypass surgery. It's important to start out slowly, under the supervision of cardiac rehab specialists. In this video, you'll learn what's involved in cardiac rehab and how it can benefit your health in the long term.
Your body needs cholesterol to make hormones and to keep your cells healthy. Cholesterol comes from two sources: your liver and your diet. However, if your diet exceeds the body’s need for cholesterol or saturated fats, your cholesterol level in your blood will increase. This video discusses treatments and lifestyle changes that may be prescribed by your doctor.
Heart failure is a condition in which your heart cannot pump enough oxygenated blood to meet your body’s needs. This video explains the different types of heart failure, and the treatments that can help you manage your condition and live a healthy life.
Millions of Americans suffer heart attacks every year. Half of these are fatal, and some of the rest cause severe damage to heart's function. This video explains what happens during a heart attack and what can be done to minimize the damage.
Coronary Artery Disease: Treatment
Coronary artery disease (CAD) develops when the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle harden and narrow with a buildup of plaque. Treatment is primarily through lifestyle changes and medication. This video examines the goals of treatment.
A stroke occurs when either too much blood or too little blood disrupts blood flow to part of the brain. This deprives brain tissue of necessary oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes brain cells begin to die and the result is a loss of brain function.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the form of a balloon that forms in a weakened area in the abdominal aorta, the largest blood vessel in the abdomen.
Carotid Artery Disease
Carotid artery disease is a progressive disease. The carotid arteries, which are located in the neck, supply blood to the brain. Certain health problems damage the inside of the carotid arteries. Over time, this damage increases the chances of having a stroke. If you have carotid artery disease, treatment is available that may lower your risks for problems.
Peripheral Arterial Disease
Peripheral arterial disease occurs when the arteries that supply blood to your extremities (your feet, legs and arms) or major organs (your brain, kidneys or intestine) harden and narrow. This process, known as atherosclerosis, is a gradual buildup of plaque in blood vessels.