With heart valve disease, the valves of the heart are failing to work properly. The heart has four valves that ensure blood flows in the correct direction. Sometimes, one or more of these valves fails to open or close properly. This leads to the natural flow of blood being disrupted. Treatment for heart valve disease depends on just which heart valve is being affected,as well as the disease’s severity. Some situations require surgery to repair or replace the valve. Diagnosis
Plaque buildup limits the amount of blood running through your vessels, which in turn slows blood flow to and from your heart. Such cases often require bypass surgery. However, an experienced heart surgeon may also perform angioplasty, a less invasive procedure. At Brookhaven Heart, we offer a few types of angioplasty procedures, all designed to help your condition! Laser Angioplasty Following an obstruction of plaque buildup in an artery, angioplasty helps dilate the affected artery to better restore blood flow.
Many doctors order a cardiac stress test to diagnose heart problems. A cardiac stress test is performed to measure just how well your heart can withstand physical stress. Depending on your situation, a stress test may be performed in-office, leading to better treatment plans in the future. First of all, you need to understand what signs to watch for. Speak with your heart specialist if you notice any of the following symptoms. Reduced Blood Flow One of the most common
For many, deciding to quit smoking is a popular resolution – but most don’t stick with it. It is difficult to quit smoking and maintain a healthier lifestyle, and the intense nicotine withdrawals are just part of the problem. You must also overcome triggers, such as those colleagues at work who smoke on break. Still, quitting smoking is one of the healthiest acts you may commit to in 2018. Here are five tips to quit smoking and regain a healthy