Articles Tagged: risk factors for heart disease

Electrical Cardioversion Risks and Complications

Electrical CardioversionIf you have ever seen a movie or television show depicting a medical emergency where the patient is being shocked, you already know what electrical cardioversion is. A set of electrical paddles is kept in every emergency room and in the back of every ambulance simply because this medical device is capable of saving lives in a split second. However, medical professionals do not use this tool unless there is no other option.

Atrial Fibrillation Medications Side Effects and Benefits

Atrial FibrillationAtrial fibrillation drugs are often used to treat patients that have an irregular heartbeat. Although many of these medications have been deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration as well as the health community at large, there are still some serious side effects associated with them. Risk factors for heart disease can also increase with some of these medications. Before you start on any atrial fibrillation treatment, you should go over your family medical history with a physician to ensure that you are in a low risk category.

C-Reactive Protein Test Results – What To Pay Attention To?

C-Reactive Protein TestA C-reactive protein test is a blood test that is used to determine whether or not there is inflammation in the body. A heart attack can cause elevated C-reactive protein levels, but there are many other causes. Infections, pneumonia, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and lupus are just a few other causes of elevated C-reactive protein. The C-reactive protein test is a general test, not specific to heart conditions.

Ischemic Heart Disease Symptoms And Treatment

Ischemic Heart DiseaseIschemic heart disease is also known as congestive heart failure. It does not mean that your heart stops beating. Ischemic heart disease is a condition where the heart fails to pump blood properly to the rest of the body. Blocked or narrowed arteries prevent the heart muscle from getting the blood and oxygen it needs to pump effectively. Swelling of extremities and the abdomen occur