Innovative heart device explores connection between A-fib and stroke

A recent innovation in heart rhythm monitoring has given neurologists and cardiologists a crucial new tool in detecting a potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, or A-fib. A-fib, one of the leading causes of stroke, is a condition that leaves blood stagnating in the heart instead of being pumped through the body, forming … Continue reading Innovative heart device explores connection between A-fib and stroke

What to expect when you go to the ED with chest pain

Retail health centers, urgent care facilities and freestanding emergency rooms sprouting around the United States may be equipped to treat minor illness and injury. But patients experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath, which might signal a heart attack, should go straight to an emergency room in a hospital. Here are some reasons why. When … Continue reading What to expect when you go to the ED with chest pain

82-year-old valve patient experiences evolution of heart surgery first-hand

82-year-old Herman Veselka is no stranger to hospitals. Over the last 25 years, he’s undergone several cardiovascular procedures, and had a front-row seat to watch how heart surgery and technology have evolved over time. When he arrived at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital’s Center for Valve Disorders last July, he had … Continue reading 82-year-old valve patient experiences evolution of heart surgery first-hand

TAVR clinical research ushering in new era of non-invasive heart care

Nearly 1.5 million people in the United States are estimated to be living with aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the main heart valve that impedes blood flow from the heart. For years, open heart surgery was the best option to remedy this condition in patients, but continued research in the field has led to transcatheter … Continue reading TAVR clinical research ushering in new era of non-invasive heart care