The term dyspnoea describes the feeling of difficulty with breathing, often described as feeling short of breath. There are various types of dyspnoea, described by the situation that led to it: Exertional dyspnoea refers to shortness of breath when doing a physical activity, such as walking or running Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnoea refers to shortness of … Continue reading What is dyspnoea?
Heart failure is a term used to describe a broad range of conditions that all share similar symptoms and signs. At the core, these conditions all involve one key principle: the heart's function cannot match the body's requirements. There are many signs and symptoms of heart failure - the most common ones are: Shortness … Continue reading What is heart failure?
When you have coronary artery disease, blockages made up of plaque narrow down or completely block the coronary arteries, reducing the blood supply (ischaemia) or causing a heart attack. To prevent this damage, we can insert a stent to push the blockage out of the way and get blood flow back. A stent is a … Continue reading What is a stent?
Having heart disease comes in many different forms, but in general there are four main categories in adults - coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and arrhythmia. 1. Coronary artery disease The most common type of heart problem in Australia. The coronary arteries are tubes which supply blood to the heart muscle itself, … Continue reading What is heart disease?
A pericardial effusion means you have an excess of fluid around the heart, which can push on the heart itself and cause problems. Your heart beats thousands of times per day. To protect it from rubbing against other organs in the chest, the heart itself is kept inside a protective bag, called the pericardium. Within this bag … Continue reading What is a pericardial effusion?
Considering that heart attacks are the leading cause of death in Australia, it's important you know what the symptoms are so it can be picked up early. Although it can be a dramatic event, many patients ignore their symptoms for a long time because it isn't severe enough - sometimes leaving it too late. Heart attacks … Continue reading What are the symptoms of a heart attack?
ECG stands for electrocardiogram, a simple non-invasive test that tells us about what your heart is doing. Your heart generates a little electrical impulse to create every single heartbeat. These impulses flow through the heart from the top chambers (atria) through to the bottom pumping chambers (ventricles). Since this happens with each heart beat, in most people … Continue reading What is an ECG?