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Angiogram

A Coronary Angiogram is a special X-ray test performed to find out if your coronary arteries are clogged, where and by how much. During an angiogram, your doctor inserts a thin tube (catheter) into an artery and up to the heart. Once in place, a dye that is visible by X-rays (contrast dye) is injected […]

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Angioplasty

Angioplasty (also called percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI) opens blocked arteries and restores normal blood flow to your heart muscle. It is done through a small puncture in a leg or arm artery and opens a clogged heart artery by inflating a tiny balloon in it. It is often combined with implantation of a stent […]

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Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

Some people with heart failure develop abnormal heartbeats, or arrhythmias. Some arrhythmias may reduce how well the heart’s lower chambers (ventricles) function.Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT), also known as biventricular pacing, may be needed. In this procedure, a special pacemaker is used to make the ventricles contract at the same time. This helps the lower heart […]

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Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

An Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) is a battery-powered device placed under your skin, beneath the collarbone, that monitors your heart rate. It uses batteries to send electric signals to a heart that’s beating too slow, same as a pacemaker. It can also deliver an electric shock to help restore a normal heartbeat to a heart […]

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Valve Repair

Though valve replacement surgery is very common, your doctors will always prefer to repair your natural valve before replacing it. When the outflow valves (aortic and pulmonary) are not functioning properly, a balloon catheter can sometimes be used to restore more normal function. This is called valvuloplasty, just like angioplasty is used to open coronary […]

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Valve Replacement

Heart valves damaged beyond simple repair can often be replaced. The most commonly replaced valves are the aortic and mitral valves. When either of these valves exhibit advanced stenosis, they may be candidates for replacement. Some replacement valves are implanted using a balloon catheter, much like coronary angioplasty. When the mitral valve is too loose […]

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