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Pericarditis – causes, diagnosis, treatment

The heart is located in the center of the chest and it is surrounded by an external tunic called pericardium. This coat has two layers, one that perfectly surrounds the muscle of the heart and a flexible layer surrounding the first layer of the pericardium. Inflammation of the pericardium tissue is a potentially serious condition […]


October 31, 2014, Pericardium
Transitory Ischemic Attack

Definition It is a neurological disorder manifested through paralysis, sudden loss of speech and which disappear in less than 24 hours. The main cause is represented by the occlusion of a cerebral vessel by a blood clot, which then dissolves spontaneously. This clot can either form on the spot, when the arteries are in poor […]


October 29, 2014, Vessels
Atrial Septal Defect

Is the most common congenital cardiac malformation in adults. It can be of 3 kinds: 1. Sinus venosus defect -it is located in the upper portion of the interatrial septum, close to the  vena cava. May cause abnormal pulmonary vein drainage into the right atrium.  2. Ostium Secundum defect -is met quite frequently (70-75%). Attention, […]


October 29, 2014, Congenital
Ablation through radiofrequency current

The principle of the method of trans-catheter ablation consists of positioning a probe at the level of critical areas for pathological circuit and delivered energy through the probe, which can create a smooth scar, capable of interrupting the circuit. Trans-catheter radiofrequency current ablation involves the application of a current of radiofrequency (RF) catheter through a […]


October 28, 2014, Arrhythmias
Potassium plays an important role in heart health

Potassium, an essential nutrient for maintaining fluid volume in the body and important for regulating the balance between acids and electrolytes, plays a crucial role in maintaining heart health. Direct proportion between body potassium concentration and cardiovascular health has been highlighted by a study conducted by the World Health Organization in 2013, which focused on […]


October 27, 2014, Lifestyle-Diet
Tilt Test – indications

Tilt test is a relatively easy method which proved very useful in evaluating patients with syncope. Indications for tilt test Patients with recurrent syncope or with a single syncopal episode trauma without organic heart disease or without specified etiology of syncope. Evaluation of patients in whom the etiology of syncope was precise, but in which […]


October 27, 2014, Arrhythmias
Atherosclerosis – causes, treatment

Atherosclerosis is a condition characterized by hardening and narrowing of the arteries, in a slowly and progressive process. The disease may hinder the proper running of massive blood circulation, obstructing the blood access to the vital organs of the body. So, atherosclerosis can cause heart attacks, strokes, cerebral or cardiovascular disease. Medical condition can be […]


October 26, 2014, Prevention
Why are triglycerides dangerous

Triglycerides are a type of lipid (fat) present in the bloodstream, an important indicator of heart health. High levels of triglycerides can mean, therefore, an increased risk of heart disease and the development of other diseases associated with an unhealthy lifestyle. The normal level of triglycerides Monitoring the triglycerides levels in blood is as important […]


October 25, 2014, Prevention
Complications and risks of the electrophysiological study

Electrophysiological studies are less traumatic than they seem to be. By using the appropriate equipment and thanks to the specialist’s skills and experience, the complications are minimal. The most common complications that can occur, regardless of the measures taken, are: 1. Bleedings at the puncture site, which are usually insignificant in the case of a […]


October 25, 2014, Arrhythmias
Life with a Pacemaker

Before implanting a pacemaker are made a few investigations to confirm the indication: recording the heart rate for 24 hours (Holter ECG); Electrophysiological study which consists in exploring ways of driving electricity to the heart using a probe that is placed in the heart. From what is made a pacemaker? One or two electric wires; […]


October 21, 2014, Pacemakers