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Our doctors are researching the future of heart scans: 4D imaging. Not only is this game-changing technology fast and safe, it also shows blood flow and heart function with more detail and accuracy than previously thought possible. Now we can detect life-threatening conditions before they threaten your life.
Your heart's arteries may become blocked or narrowed due to a buildup of cholesterol, cells or other substances (plaque). Sometimes a blood clot can form or worsen, and it can completely block blood flow, causing a heart attack. Angioplasty is a surgery done to open blocked arteries and restore normal blood flow. It is not a major surgery and causes little pain.
Anti-coagulant medications, also known as blood thinners, are used to prevent blood clots that can obstruct veins and arteries. They are given to a variety of patients, including those undergoing open heart or bypass surgery, those on prolonged bed rest and those who are prone to strokes or heart attacks.
In some cases, the aorta can become diseased. Aortic diseases include aortic aneurysms and aortic dissection, a result of aortic aneurysms. These conditions usually warrant some kind of surgery to correct.
The aorta, the body's largest artery, extends upward from the top of the left ventricle of the heart (ascending thoracic aorta), then curves like a candy cane (aortic arch) downward (descending thoracic aorta) into the abdomen (abdominal aorta). The aorta delivers oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. The heart pumps blood out of the left ventricle, through the aortic valve, and into the aorta.
Artery bypass surgery is a surgical procedure in which an alternative pathway is created for blood flow to reroute your blood supply around a blocked artery.
Atherectomy is a surgical procedure in which a catheter with a sharp blade is used to remove plaque from a blood vessel.
Cardiac ablation is a procedure used to treat heart arrhythmia, such as rapid or irregular heartbeat. There are different types of cardiac ablation, including radiofrequency ablation, laser ablation and cryoablation.
During cardiac resynchronization therapy, a specialized biventricular pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is implanted under your skin, through a vein and into your heart chamber. It re-coordinates the movements of the left and right ventricles of the heart, monitoring and treating abnormal heart rhythms and improving its pumping ability.
Your coronary arteries can become narrowed by the buildup of plaque, which is an accumulation of cholesterol and other substances. The buildup can decrease the amount of oxygen-rich blood flowing through your arteries into your heart. Using coronary angiography, your doctor can determine how much of your arteries are blocked and how to work with you to develop the most appropriate treatment plan.