Care and Management
AAA Endovascular Repair
This procedure is designed to strengthen a weakened, bulging aorta (a large artery in the abdomen). The physician will place one or more fabric-covered hollow mesh tubes, called stent grafts, into the aorta to support the aorta’s walls.
This surgical procedure is performed to remove plaque from the carotid arteries that supply oxygen to the brain. Plaque is a build-up of cholesterol, calcium and other fibrous tissues that can form in a blood vessel and prevent the proper flow of blood. Severe plaque in the carotid arteries can cause a major stroke.
Deep Vein Thrombosis Prevention
Deep vein thrombosis is a type of blood clot that can develop when you sit still for long periods. It can also be caused by certain medical conditions that make the blood clot more easily. You can take precautions to reduce your risk for developing this dangerous condition.
Mitral Valve Repair (Open Technique)
This is a procedure to fix a problem with your heart’s mitral valve. That’s the valve between the two chambers on the left side of your heart.
Surgical Repair of Coarctation of the Aorta
This is a procedure to correct a narrowed aorta. That’s the main vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body. In many cases, this surgery is done soon after a baby’s birth.
Traditional Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
During this procedure, the surgeon bypasses a severely blocked artery in the heart with a healthy blood vessel. This restores vital blood flow to the heart muscle.
Valve Replacement Surgery
Heart valves regulate the flow of blood through the heart. If a poorly-functioning valve cannot be repaired, it may be replaced with a mechanical or biological valve. Any of the four heart valves can be damaged, but the mitral and aortic valves are the ones most frequently replaced. This animation will show the replacement of the mitral valve.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
The aorta is your body’s main artery. It carries blood down along the front of your spine to the parts of your body below your heart. If the wall of your aorta in your abdomen weakens and balloons outward, you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. It’s a serious condition, and one that often has no warning signs.
Aortic Stenosis (Aortic Valve Stenosis)
This is a narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve. That’s the valve that opens to the aorta (the main vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body). With stenosis, the valve doesn’t fully open. That makes it hard for your heart to pump enough blood out to your body.
If your heart beats too fast, too slow, or irregularly, you have an arrhythmia. It’s a problem with the rhythm of your heart. For many people, an arrhythmia is harmless. But for some, it can be life-threatening.
This condition results from an inadequate flow of blood through the arteries. It can develop from a variety of causes, and it may affect many different parts of the body.
This disease is a buildup of a sticky, fatty substance called “plaque” on the inner walls of your arteries. Plaque buildup limits the flow of blood. This can lead to serious health problems.
Carotid Artery Disease
This condition is a buildup of fatty deposits, called plaque, in the carotid arteries. These are the blood vessels that deliver blood to the brain and head.
Coronary Heart Disease (Coronary Artery Disease)
Coronary arteries are the blood vessels that feed your heart muscle. If the arteries harden and narrow, your heart muscle can’t get the blood it needs to work well. Coronary heart disease can lead to a heart attack. It is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.
Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction)
A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction (or MI), is a disruption of blood flow through one or more coronary arteries. These are the arteries that provide blood to the heart muscle. A heart attack can damage or kill the tissue of the heart. A heart attack can strike suddenly, often without any warning.
Heart Disease and Oral Health
Many people who have heart disease also have problems with their teeth and gums. Researchers are trying to find out if there is a direct link between the health of your heart and the health of your mouth.
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
When your heart beats, it pushes blood through your arteries. This creates pressure against the artery walls. If this pressure is too high, you have high blood pressure. It’s a common disease. But if you don’t manage it properly, it can cause health problems.
Overweight and Obesity
Staying fit is a challenge for many people. Carrying too much body fat is bad for your health. Being “overweight” means you weigh more than what we consider normal for your body type. If you keep gaining weight, you may become “obese.” Let’s take a few minutes to learn about weight and your health.
Pulmonary Hypertension (PH)
This is high blood pressure inside your pulmonary arteries. Those are the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your lungs. With this condition, your heart has to work harder to pump blood to your lungs. This is bad for your heart. It can cause serious health problems.
When blood flow to a part of your brain is stopped, you can have a stroke. Without oxygen and nutrients from the blood, brain cells die quickly. A stroke can damage your brain. It can even kill you.
Stroke Warning Signs
During a stroke, fast action is key. Getting help quickly can be the difference between life and death. Fortunately, there are many warning signs that show you a stroke is happening. So get help immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms.
Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
This condition, commonly called “VTE,” occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein deep within your body. This can happen in your leg, or in another part of your body. The clot travels through your circulatory system. When it reaches your lungs, it blocks an artery within them. This prevents oxygenation of your blood. This is a pulmonary embolism. It can be fatal.