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Athlete’s Heart Syndrome: Normal or Not?

When you train, whether it’s for a triathlon, cross-fit competition or 5k race, one inevitable thing happens to your body – muscle groups grow stronger and bigger. This is a natural response to the stress you’ve put on these muscles, allowing your body to better adapt to additional stress in the future.

Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO): Symptoms, Risks & Treatments

What is chronic total occlusion (CTO)?

Chronic total occlusion, commonly referred to as simply CTO, is a complete blockage of a coronary artery, lasting longer than three months. Once plaque has built up to the point of complete blockage, blood flow to the heart is compromised. If left untreated, CTO can lead to a slew of health issues including pain and fatigue, among others.

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD): What You Need to Know

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD): What You Need to Know

Coronary artery disease, also known as CAD, is the most common type of heart disease and a leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States.

What are the causes and risks?

This condition is a result of a buildup of cholesterol and other material, known as plaque, on the walls of the arteries that can cause health problems and lead to a heart attack.

Dealing with AFib? Learn More About Which Type You Have.

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a common condition of arrhythmia, which is defined as a problem with the rate or rhythm of your heart. This could mean your heart beats too quickly (tachycardia) or it beats slower than normal (bradycardia) and often in an erratic pattern. There are four types of AFib. Figuring out which type you have is imperative to finding the right AFib treatment.

Is Cardiac Ablation Right for You?

Cardiac ablation is a minimally invasive procedure used to help patients with an abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia), including atrial fibrillation (AFib), paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, persistent atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter; typically, when medication hasn’t worked.

Five Things to Know About Aortic Aneurysms

Aortic aneurysms often occur without any apparent warning signs. Left untreated, they may rupture causing life-threatening consequences. While small aneurysms aren’t necessarily dangerous at onset, the underlying cause of an aneurysm may indicate a more serious health issue in the body.

Positive Attitude Contributes to Exceptionally Fast Recovery for LVAD Recipient in his Twenties

Alexander C. grew up watching his father and brother battle debilitating stomach issues. While he knew it was a problem, he figured it was normal and manageable based on their experiences. Throughout his adolescence, he’d deal with bouts of stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, and occasionally it would become so severe he’d go to the hospital. At every hospital visit, he was told it was probably just gastritis and was sent home with some nausea medicine and instructions to drink plenty of clear fluids.

Despite obstacles, LVAD candidate finally receives life-changing surgery at Lovelace Medical Group/New Mexico Heart Institute

In 2012, after giving birth to her youngest son, Kassandra Y. was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a hereditary disease that affects the heart muscle and makes it harder for the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body. Although cardiomyopathy is a very serious condition, Kassandra and her family had no idea the journey this diagnosis would lead them down and the struggles she’d face over the next near-decade.

First LVAD Patient in New Mexico is Doing Great Nearly Four Years Later

Arturo Madrid, 82, is doing exceptionally well after undergoing the first LVAD implant procedure performed in New Mexico at the Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center on December 19, 2017.

Arturo and his wife Pilar waged a long and frustrating battle with Arturo’s deteriorating health to no avail until a patient referral led them to Albuquerque and the Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center.

Should you consider a heart scan after having COVID-19?

As a result of new information regarding the relationship between the cardiovascular system and COVID-19, there’s been a lot of chatter around the question of should you consider a heart scan after recovering? Answers vary depending on the individual and the severity of their stint with the virus.