General Cardiac Information
What is High Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. The more forcefully that blood pumps, the more the arteries stretch to allow blood to easily flow.
What Decongestants can I take?
The effects decongestants have on the circulatory system make them
dangerous for anyone who has an irregular heart rhythm, heart disease,
glaucoma or high blood pressure. People who have these or related conditions should not take decongestants. Antihistamines don't present a danger unless decongestants accompany them.
Pulmonary hypertension (or PHT) is high blood pressure that occurs in the arteries in the lungs. It is a different measurement altogether from systemic blood pressure. It reflects the pressure the heart must exert to pump blood from the heart through the arteries of the lungs.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the flow of air pauses or decreases during breathing while you are asleep because the airway has
become narrowed, blocked, or floppy. Untreated obstructive sleep apnea may lead to or worsen heart disease!
Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
Why is it important to check your blood pressure? To check the effects of new or current medicines on BP control To see if “white-coat” high blood pressure exists—meaning it is high in the office but may not be high at home
Angina (Chest Pain)
Angina is a feeling of tightness, squeezing, or pain in the chest. It happens when the heart does not get enough oxygen-rich blood.
Angioplasty is a way to open a blocked coronary artery and restore blood flow to your heart. It can also help prevent heart problems by widening an artery that has been narrowed by plaque. Plaque is a fatty buildup that can block your arteries.
Ablation is a procedure for treatment of abnormal heart rhythms. It is done to block abnormal electrical pathways in the heart. This helps stop abnormal heart rhythms. This procedure most often uses radio waves for the ablation and is called radiofrequency ablation.