Atherosclerosis: Causes and Treatment

Apr 24, 2015 |

Atherosclerosis is a hardening and narrowing of the arteries (which are the blood vessels that transport away the blood from the heart) occuring over years or decades. The narrowing of the arteries causes decreased blood flow to organs and body parts. Despite decades of research today we still do not know exactly why atherosclerosis occurs. […more]

Erectile Dysfunction as an Indicator of Heart Disease

Mar 31, 2015 |

Erectile dysfunction, also referred to as “ED”, occurs more often than people may realize. Those men affected may feel a sense of inadequacy, stress or embarrassment as a result. This false sense of shame is completely unwarranted, however, since a simple doctor’s visit can bring significant improvement. It’s also important to know that erectile dysfunction […more]

Endocarditis: Causes and Symptoms

Feb 23, 2015 |

An inflammation of the connective tissue endocardium is usually the result of a bacterial infection. It often affects children and adolescents and can lead to serious heart valve damage. The endocardium (Endo = inside, and kard = heart-related) is the connective tissue structure of the heart interior and also forms the heart valves. By the […more]

Recognizing the Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Feb 18, 2015 |

Contrary to popular belief, a heart attack is not always readily apparent when it occurs. The typical symptoms of heart attacks do not occur in all cases, and occasionally a myocardial infarction remains completely unnoticed. Of these non-standard heart attack symptoms women are more often affected than men. It’s important to recognize all the signs […more]

Fish Oil Flops Again in Cardiovascular Prevention

Dec 26, 2014 |

Is this the final end of all hopes for the preventive effects of omega-3 fatty acids on cardiovascular disease? Once again, fish oil capsules have been shown in a large Italian study on cardiovascular-risk patients to be ineffective. Prof. Dr. Clemens von Schacky, director of preventive cardiology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and […more]

Highlights From the European Society of Cardiology 2014 Congress

Nov 1, 2014 |

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress is the biggest international conference on cardiovascular medicine in the world.  The theme of this year’s proceedings was “Innovation and the Heart”.  ESC Congress 2014 was held from 30 August to 3 September at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain. Visit the official site for more information on ESC Congress 2014. […more]

The Cardiovascular System Explained – Part 2

Oct 20, 2014 |

Physiology of the Cardiovascular System Functions of the Circulatory System There are three primary responsibilities relegated to the cardiovascular system: conveyance of substances, defense against foreign bodies, and homeostatic regulation. Conveyance: The cardiovascular system carries blood to virtually all of the tissues throughout the body. The blood transports oxygen and vital nutrients as well as […more]

The Cardiovascular System Explained – Part 1

Oct 17, 2014 |

The cardiovascular system is comprised of the heart, blood vessels, and approximately 5 liters of blood that they circulate within the body. Powered by the hard-working organ known as the heart, which is more or less the size of your fist, the circulatory system’s main responsibility is for getting oxygen, nutrients, hormones, and cellular waste […more]