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Heart Blocks by Hollie Strawn

By at December 11, 2011 | 7:23 am | 0 Comment

Heart Block is a condition that causes delays or interruptions in the electrical conduction system of the heart. It is considered a form of arrhythmia, or a problem with the regular rhythm or rate of an individual’s heartbeat, and can occur anywhere along this electrical system. A typical healthy heart contracts sixty to eighty times per minute for the purpose of more...

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Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) by Chuck Wensler

By at December 10, 2011 | 8:04 am | 4 Comments

Heart Failure is a condition where the heart is unable to pump enough oxygen and nutrient rich blood to meet the body’s demands for normal tissue functioning. In the early stages, the heart will compensate and respond by enlarging to hold more blood with an increase in muscle tissue and a faster pumping action while combining this with vasoconstriction to increase more...

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Cardiomyopathy by Nicole Deckard

By at December 9, 2011 | 11:18 am | 0 Comment

Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle. There are some times no signs and or symptoms of the disease. Other times you can have symptoms such as shortness of breath, trouble breathing, fatique, and swelling of feet, ankles, legs, abdomen and veins of the neck. Some types of Cardiomyopathy are Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Restrictive more...

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Antiarrhythmic Drugs by Jennifer Fendler

By at December 8, 2011 | 5:53 am | 1 Comments

Antiarrhythmic drugs are used to treat arrhythmias, which is a condition that causes the heart to beat too fast or too slow. Since the heart rate is affected by too much or too little ions in the blood, there are many causes for arrhythmia. Antiarrhythmic drugs are classified into four groups. The four classes are Sodium-channel blockers, beta-blockers, potassium-channel more...

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What is Angina Pectoris by John Merz

By at December 7, 2011 | 8:10 am | 0 Comment

Angina Pectoris is the title given to chest pain due to a lack of blood supply to the heart. The name comes from the Latin words angere, meaning to choke or strangle, and pectus, meaning chest. The name was given because of the feeling of pressure on one’s chest that feels like a tight grip squeezing down. This pain is commonly confused with the onset of a heart attack. more...

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