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What is Heart Failure

Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure (CHF), is a disease state that covers any reason why the heart is not pumping blood efficiently. Click here to learn more about heart failure and heart failure research at CVRTI.

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What is Sudden Cardiac Death?

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a heart arrhythmia condition when the heart abruptly stops functioning, leading to a halting of breathing and consciousness, resulting in death. SCD is one of the most significant causes of natural deaths globally. Click here to learn more about sudden cardiac death at CVRTI.

What is Cardiac Arrhythmia?

The heart’s primary function is to pump blood throughout the body. This is done by an electrical connection that originates from the sinoatrial node (SA node). The electrical impulse begins at the SA node travels throughout the heart. The electrical impulse travels along a pathway through the heart to create the heart’s movement. Click here to learn more about Cardiac Arrhythmia at CVRTI.

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What is Electrophysiology?

We all know the feeling of our heart racing or fluttering as we get excited, nervous, or stressed. But what is going on in the heart to get a heart rhythm? The heart contracts and expands to pump blood through the body using an electrical stimulus that starts in the heart’s sinoatrial node. Click here to learn more about Electrophysiology at CVRTI.


What is Cardiogenic Shock?

Cardiogenic shock (CS) is a life-threatening condition whereby the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. While a severe heart attack most often causes it, not everyone who has a heart attack experiences cardiogenic shock. While a serious heart attack usually damages the left ventricle (the main pumping chamber), it can sometimes damage the right ventricle, which pumps blood to the lungs. Click here to learn more about Cardiogenic Shock at CVRTI.

Cardiac Metabolism

What is Cardiac Metabolism?

The goal of cardiac metabolism is to produce chemical energy (ATP) to fuel the heart function. By doing so, the heart is able to continuously pump oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. In normal, healthy cardiac metabolism an efficient rate of ATP fuels heart muscle function. In the context of heart failure, cardiac metabolism becomes impaired. .Click here to learn more about Cardiac Metabolism at CVRTI.

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2022 Heart Disease Statistics You Need to Know

Arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, cardiac arrest are all different types of heart diseases. Some of these can be controlled or prevented through diet, exercise, or medications, but some are sudden and unexpected. Some people are born with heart disease, and some develop heart disease through lifestyle choices. While there are many types and causes of heart disease, it is important to be aware of the symptoms. Below are 6 shocking heart disease statistics.Click here to learn more about Heart Disease at CVRTI.

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What is Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy?

Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy is a genetic condition that causes damage to the heart muscle and one or both ventricles. The damage replaces the heart muscle tissue with fibrosis scar tissue and fat. It is the second most common cause of death in young athletes. Click here to learn more about Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy at CVRTI.

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What Is An Electrocardiogram?

An electrocardiogram, also known as an EKG or ECG, is a safe, non-invasive test that helps your doctor monitor for heart disease. The test monitors the electrical activity of your heart through electrode-stickers placed on the skin of your arms, legs, and chest. Click here to learn more about Electrocardiogram at CVRTI.

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What Is Heart Failure Therapy?

Cardiovascular disease resulting in heart failure is the leading cause of death for people living in developed countries. In an effort to find better ways to treat CVD, scientists have been researching a variety of heart failure therapies. Some of those are discussed in this article. Click here to learn more about Heart Failure Therapy at CVRTI.

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What Is Myocardial Recovery?

Heart failure (HF) is characterized by a pathologic process known as “remodeling” that involves impairment of the function of the heart and progressive dilation of the chambers of the heart. The process of remodeling is associated with adverse cellular, structural, and functional myocardial changes, that had long been deemed progressive and unidirectional. Click here to learn more about Myocardial Recoveryat CVRTI.

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What is the Difference Between Pacemakers and Defibrillators?

The heart is the most important muscle in the body—it’s the one that keeps us alive. When the heart can’t keep up due to disease, damage, or other issues, technology is available to help. Two of the most common devices associated with heart attacks, heart disease, and other heart conditions are pacemakers and defibrillators. But what are these tools, and what makes them different? Click here to learn more about Pacemakers and Defibrillators at CVRTI.

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What Effect Does Epigenetics Have on Cardiovascular Studies?

In biology, epigenetics is the study of heritable changes that do not involve alterations in the DNA sequence. The Greek prefix ‘epi’ means over, outside of, or around. Thus, the definition of epigenetics is the feature of the genetic code that exists or develops in addition to traditional genetic inheritance. Click here to learn more about Epigenetics at CVRTI.

What is Heart Failure Therapy and the Role of ACE Inhibitors, Angiotensin Receptor Blockers & Beta Blockers?

Heart disease is extremely common in the USA. Over 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year, accounting for 1 in 4 causes of death. Heart disease can progress into heart failure, from which it is difficult for patients to recover normal heart function. Click here to learn more aboutHeart Failure Therapy at CVRTI.

Understanding Heart Transplantation

Heart transplantation is one of the most successful advances in modern medicine. A fascinating aspect is that heart transplantation is the product of research, surgical technique, and medical forethought that have come together to allow its occurrence as a regular procedure saving countless lives. Click here to learn more about Heart Transplantation at CVRTI.