The following links take you to patient-friendly information provided by cardiologychannel.com, a physician-monitored resource:
- Cardiosmart.org, a patient education website sponsored by the American College of Cardiology
Some Pamphlets we have prepared to help educate you:
- Aortic Duplex Imaging
- Arterial/Venous Duplex Imaging
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Cardiac Stent
- Carotid Duplex Imaging
- CT Angiography
- Enhanced External Counterpulsation
- Event Monitoring
- Heart Catheterization
- Holter Monitoring
- Pharmacological Nuclear Stress Test
- Renal Artery Duplex Imaging
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram
- Treadmill Nuclear Stress Test
- Treadmill Stress Test
- Aortic stenosis
- Atrial fibrillation
- Chest pain
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart attack
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Mitral regurgitation
- Stress and stress management
- Healthy Diet - NHLBI's "Aim for a Healthy Weight"
- Smoking Cessation
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea - Joslin Diabetes Center
- Diabetes - American Diabetic Association
Do you have a personal health story that you would like to share with others?
Many people, especially when newly diagnosed, find comfort in knowing that others are having similar experiences. This is also helpful for loved ones of those dealing with health-related issues.
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The National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- American Heart Association
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- Pulmonary Hypertension Association
- Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM) Support
- Society for Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome
Congenital Heart Defect
- Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA)
- Children's Heart Foundation
- The Grown Up Congenital Heart Patients Association
Open Heart Surgery
General Health Care Resources
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly interrupted. When the brain lacks sufficient blood flow for a long enough period of time, brain damage or even death can result. Immediate medical attention and early treatment are critical to help minimize damage to brain tissue and improve the outcome.
Types of Strokes
There are two major types of strokes: ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes, the most common type, occur when which a blood clot blocks the arteries leading to the brain and cuts off blood flow. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in part of the brain becomes weak and bursts open, causing blood to leak into the brain.
At the first sign of a stroke, patients should seek medical care immediately. Symptoms of a stroke vary, but typically occur suddenly and include:
- Weakness, tingling or numbness in a limb
- Partial loss of vision
- Inability to move a limb
- Double vision, vertigo or loss of balance
- Difficulty swallowing
- Memory loss
- Drowsiness or loss of consciousness
- Uncontrollable eye movements
What Causes Strokes?
Smoking is the number one risk factor for strokes, and indeed, making basic lifestyle changes like quitting smoking can significantly reduce your overall risk. These include:
- Weight loss
- Cholesterol and blood pressure management
- Reducing alcohol intake
Aside from lifestyle changes, managing any underlying health conditions, including hypertension and diabetes, also reduce your risk of stroke. If you are concerned about your stroke risk, talk to your cardiologist about what more you could be doing to keep your risk low.