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Category: Heart Health

Atrial Fibrillation – Dr. Sam Daya

Do you ever feel a pounding, fluttering, or racing sensation in your chest? What about light-headedness, confusion, or shortness of breath all at the same time? If you experience these symptoms, you may have atrial fibrillation, or ‘AFib.’ Left untreated, AFib can lead to life-threatening blood clots or a weakened heart that results in heart failure. Atrial fibrillation is a serious health matter. Persons that suffer atrial fibrillation are five to seven times more likely than the general population to have a stroke. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler cardiologist Dr. Sam Daya answers questions on diagnosing and treating atrial fibrillation.

What is atrial fibrillation or AFib? (first question)

What causes atrial fibrillation? (skip to 0:32)

How do you know if you have atrial fibrillation? Are there specific symptoms? (skip to 0:51)

How is atrial fibrillation diagnosed? (skip to 1:47)

How is atrial fibrillation treated? (skip to 2:55)

Is atrial fibrillation dangerous? (skip to 3:57)

What is the connection between atrial fibrillation and an increased risk for stroke? (skip to 4:28)

Can atrial fibrillation be prevented? (skip to 5:46)

What does the future hold for treating patients with atrial fibrillation? (skip to 6:24)

 

 

Work as Hard for Your Heart as it Works for You – Dr. Dudley Goulden

Did you know your heart is a muscle just like the biceps in your arm or the quadriceps in your legs? It’s considered to be the hardest working muscle in your body; beating more than 3.5 billion times during an average lifespan. And like any hard-working muscle, your heart needs a healthy diet, regular exercise, and a good night’s sleep to stay healthy. But what actually happens to this vital muscle over time when you have diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol? U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler cardiologist Dr. Dudley Goulden answers questions about maintaining a healthy heart muscle in this post to HealthConnection.TV.

Why do we call the heart a muscle? (first question)

What happens to the heart muscle during a heart attack? (skip to 1:03)

How does congestive heart failure affect the heart muscle? (skip to 1:51)

What does the term “weak heart” mean? (skip to 2:50)

What do high blood pressure and high cholesterol do to the heart? (skip to 3:25)

How does cigarette smoking and other nicotine exposure affect the heart muscle? (skip to 4:50)

How does aerobic exercise change the heart muscle? (skip to 5:46)

What do you recommend for the average person with respect to aerobic exercise? (skip to 6:35)

What changes will a healthy diet make to improve the heart muscle? (skip to 7:13)

Women: A Heart Attack Every 90 Seconds – Dr. Sridevi Pitta

It may come as a surprise to know that women are less likely than men to have the typical clutching-the-chest “Hollywood heart attack.” Instead, women may experience pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen. Many women who have had heart attacks also use words like “breathlessness,” “nausea,” “fatigue,” or “dizziness” to describe their symptoms. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, heart disease expert Dr. Sridevi Pitta offers educational advice about women and heart attacks.

Are the symptoms of a heart attack different for women? (first question)

For women who have had a heart attack, how do they describe it? (skip to 1:56)

Do heart attack symptoms for women come on suddenly or are there warning signs prior to the attack? (skip to 2:590

Is there one particular symptom of heart attack or a combination of symptoms that should convince a woman that she needs to go to the Emergency Room? (skip to 3:57)

Why, in the presence of potential symptoms of heart attack, are women so reluctant to call 9-1-1? (skip to 4:54)

Why do so many physicians overlook the symptoms of heart attack in women? (skip to 5:41)

If a woman knows the signs and believes she is having a heart attack, but gets to the Emergency Room and is told that it’s probably indigestion or lack of rest, what should she do? (skip to 7:04)

Do you recommend that women take a low dose of aspirin as an aid in preventing heart attack? (skip to 8:21)

What is your opinion regarding supplements such as fish oil or CoQ10 with respect to preventing or treating heart disease? (skip to 9:30)

What is your best advice to help women reduce the chance of having a heart attack? (skip to 11:47)

Angina: A Pain in the Chest – Dr. Dudley Goulden

Sufferers describe it as feeling as if they have an elephant sitting on their chests. Chest pain, difficulty breathing, an oppressive feeling. These are symptoms of classic angina, a transient lack of oxygen to the heart caused by blockage in the vessels supplying the heart muscle with blood. In almost all cases, angina is a very serious symptom of heart disease. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler cardiologist Dr. Dudley Goulden answers the most important questions on angina.

What is angina and how does it differ from a heart attack? (first question)

What causes angina and is it serious? (skip to 0:50)

Who is at risk for developing angina? (skip to 1:16)

Does the presence of angina automatically mean you have heart disease? (skip to 1:55)

What are the symptoms of angina? (skip to 2:20)

What are the different types of angina and is it important to know which type you have? (skip to 2:51)

How is angina diagnosed? (skip to 3:20)

How is angina treated? (skip to 3:57)

Can angina be cured? (skip to 4:51)

If someone has angina, what are the best steps to take toward living with it? (skip to 5:48)

Omega-3 & Heart Health – Dr. Dudley Goulden

We’re generally told to cut down on the amount of fat in our diets but there are some fats that are actually essential. One such fat is Omega-3 fatty acids. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, U.T. Health Science Center Cardiologist Dr. Dudley Goulden talks about Omega-3 and how to get it in your diet for the benefit of your heart.

What are Omega-3 fatty acids? (first question)

Doesn’t fat cause heart disease? (skip to 0:39)

What is the connection between Omega-3 fatty acids and heart health? (skip to 1:08)

Are there other health benefits to Omega-3 fatty acids? (skip to 1:46)

What foods contain Omega-3 fatty acids? (skip to 2:16)

Do we get enough Omega-3 fatty acids in what we eat? (skip to 3:11)

Are fish oil supplements that contain Omega-3 effective in improving heart health? (skip to 3:44)

Should we take fish oil supplements? (skip to 4:25)

Are all fish oil supplements created equal? (skip to 5:16)

How much fish oil supplement should one take? (skip to 6:11)

How much is too much? Are there dangers to having too much Omega-3 in your system? (skip to 6:53)

If one carefully follows the recommendations regarding Omega-3 fatty acids, how effective will such a regimen be in reducing the risk for heart disease? (skip to 7:29)