Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, is the number one killer of men and women in America. The term encompasses a vast array of different health problems that affect the heart. Because there are so many variables – conditions, medications, implantable devices – there is a lot of information that a paramedic needs to know
Today is National Wear Red Day! The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women initiative is celebrating the 10th year of Wear Red Day with the hope that one day, we won’t need it anymore. Here at Lauren’s Hope, we are proud to support Wear Red Day by wearing red, sharing the event via Facebook, Twitter, and
February is Heart Health Month, and next Friday, February 7, 2014, is National Wear Red Day. This annual observance is an opportunity to raise awareness about heart disease, specifically the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women. Last year, the ladies here at Lauren’s Hope participated by wearing red and sharing pictures
Cardiomyopathy is a heart condition in which the heart muscle becomes weakened and enlarged. In this state, the heart is less able to efficiently and effectively pump oxygenated blood throughout the body, which causes a multitude of issues. In severe cases, cardiomyopathy can cause heart failure. There are three different types of cardiomyopathy: Dilated cardiomyopathy:
Pacemakers are small devices that are implanted under the skin near the heart. They can be implanted permanently or temporarily, and they function by monitoring your heartbeat and using electrical signals to make adjustments if your heart is not beating properly. People suffering from arrhythmia and/or heart failure may receive pacemakers to regulate their heartbeats.
What is Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome? Mitral valve prolapse is a heart condition in which one of the heart’s valves, the one separating the left side’s upper and lower chambers, does not close properly. This can, but does not always, cause mitral regurgitation, a scenario in which blood flows backward because the valve isn’t closing
What Is A Heart Stent? The heart stent was introduced for treatment of coronary artery disease in 1986, and it has been used in the US since 1994. These expandable tubes are inserted into weak or narrow arteries in patients suffering from coronary heart disease. Heart stents, sometimes called cardiac stents or coronary stents, are
You can wear it on your sleeve, or find it in your mouth. It might be made of stone, or perhaps of gold. And if you are among the 17.1 million people worldwide who will die from its diseases this year, it could kill you. What is it? It’s your heart. World Heart Day is
Note from Jenna: This post is brought to you by a special customer of ours, Laura Haywood-Cory. Laura wears a medical alert bracelet due to heart disease and wanted to share her story with all of you. Please give a warm welcome to Laura!