Heart Failure Advice – NYHA Classifications

Heart Failure Advice – NYHA Classifications Nick Hartshorne-Evans CEO and Founder of the Pumping Marvellous Foundation shares some advice to those diagnosed with Heart Inefficiency (Heart Failure). Setting your SAT NAV Being told you have an inefficient heart (heart failure) sets your head racing as to where your condition will take you. In my experience, it is important to know some basics …

How Atrial Fibrillation Causes Blood Clots

Atrial Fibrillation How Atrial Fibrillation Causes Blood Clots Atrial Fibrillation is an irregular heart rhythm caused by chaotic cell activity in the top chambers of the heart. In the absence of an accessory pathway (heart abnormality like WPW) it poses two main issues. Firstly the patient can feel unwell due to the affect Atrial Fibrillation has on blood circulation around …

Renal Denervation (RDN) and the Treatment of Hypertension – Simplified

Renal Denervation (RDN) and the Treatment of Hypertension – Simplified NEW EVIDENCE RELEASED  Hypertension (high blood pressure) has often been called the ‘silent killer’. This tagline has been well earned because People are often totally unaware of the condition which, if untreated, leads to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Historically, hypertension had been treated using medications and …

Cardiac Echocardiogram Explained – What is an Echo

Image Courtesy of  http://www3.gehealthcare.com.au What is an Echo? An echocardiogram, or cardiac echo, is an ultrasound of the heart. It uses the same technology that is used to look at babies before they are born. The sonographer holds a small probe against your skin and uses it to create moving images of your heart. The pictures are displayed on a computer …

Future of Pacing

Future of Pacing One day, stem cell research will lead to the regeneration of conductive tissue and therefore pacemakers may become obsolete. Until then we look to the science of implantable devices to treat heart blocks and heart failure. The good news is that even though pacemakers are pretty darn good, innovation is not resting on its laurels but instead …

Medtronic aCRT – Minimising RV Pacing in BiV Pacing!

Pacing Leads in a Biventricular Pacemaker Medtronic aCRT – Minimising RV Pacing in BiV Pacing! Biventricular Pacing (CRT) In previous posts I have explained CRT (Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy) otherwise known as Biventricular Pacing. Biventricular Pacing is all about timing! Controlling when the Ventricles contract in relation to the Atrium and when the Left and Right Ventricle contract in relation to …

Cardiology App Review – CathMaps+

Cardiology App Review – CathMaps+ Working in Cardiology I have noticed that illness that affects the heart seems to affect a persons confidence as much as any other. For those of us lucky enough to have a healthy heart, we take it for granted that our bodies ‘battery’ will keep us going until one of our other components malfunctions. Those …

EKG (ECG) Vs ECHOCARDIOGRAM What is the Difference?

EKG Vs Echo….What is the Difference? by Mona Oyos You recently visited your doctor, and after your heart and lungs were listened to, an EKG and Echo were ordered to evaluate your heart. For most “first timers” who are experiencing this, due to the heart being such a vital organ, find themselves alarmed. The intent of differentiating the 2 tests …

Insertable Loop Recorder from Medtronic – The Reveal LINQ

The Linq Effect “The Medtronic Linq has finally been unveiled and the first British patient implanted” Reveal Linq Previous Reveal I have previously explained the different types of heart monitor that are generally used by Doctors to record the hearts activity over a sustained period of time to ‘catch’ the heart misbehaving.  These monitors are necessary because heart arrhythmias can …

Holter Monitors, Loop Recorders and Cardiac Memos Explained

Cardiac Holters, Loops and Memos! Patient wearing a Holter Monitor Holter Monitors and Loop Recorders are devices that a patient wears to record their heart rhythm. The data they collect is a simple ECG or ‘Rhythm Strip’ that can be interpreted by a trained healthcare professional. They are very helpful in recording the hearts RHYTHM and therefore the diagnosis of …

A New MRI Compatible Pacing System – Sorin KORA 100 with Automatic MRI Mode

Sorin KORA 100 with Automatic MRI Mode – Spiffingly Clever  Older News Special! The Sorin Group have long been one of the market leaders in Cardiac Devices and they only recently have CE approval of a really clever new pacemaker that will only help to strengthen their position.  The KORA 100 Single and Dual Chamber pacemakers are the first in …

An Invitation.. and an opportunity to help others!

An Invitation..                                         (contact: carl@thepad.pm) “Those Who Contribute Do Not Always Know and Those Who Know Do Not Always Contribute” Reach a World Wide Audience As part of the rejuvenated website (you have probably noticed the changes). T.H.E. P.A.D. has decided …

Diaphragmatic/Phrenic Nerve Pacing – Case Study

Diaphragmatic/Phrenic Nerve Pacing – Case Study In my previous post I explained Diaphragmatic/Phrenic Nerve Pacing. Very kindly one of my readers has agreed to share her story as a Case Study and it is accompanied with some quite remarkable video footage! I would also like to say this is a pretty intense case of Diaphragmatic Pacing and as with everything …

Diaphragmatic Pacing/ Phrenic Nerve Pacing – Twitching After a Pacemaker/ICD Implant

Diaphragmatic Pacing – Twitching After a Pacemaker/ICD Implant What is Diaphragmatic Pacing? A complication most commonly seen in Biventricular Pacemakers is something called Diaphragmatic Pacing… without being dangerous it is often uncomfortable and is often like fast constant hiccups for the patient – it is not something that people can learn to live with, so the pacemaker will need to …

The Top 5 Cardiology Blogs in the World

The Top 5 Cardiology Blogs in the World – In My Opinion! Writing a blog is hard work!!! If you think I do it for money, then think again! After 6 Months I am yet to earn a single penny from 100s of hours work.. far less than minimum wage… So I look at other bloggers with total respect and …

Medtronic Micra – Worlds Smallest Cardiac Pacemaker

Medtronic Micra – Worlds Smallest Cardiac Pacemaker The new Medtronic Micra (right) compared toa conventional single chamber pacemaker. When the St Jude Nanostim received CE approval, you could guarantee that soon there would be other leadless Pacemakers soon on the market. The next in the pipeline appears to be the Medtronic Micra TPS (Transcatheter Pacing System). At one tenth of the size …

Cardiac Angiogram – Angiography Explained

Cardiac Angiogram – Angiography Explained  Image Credit http://www.cvtsa.com/ Fatty deposits in a persons Coronary Arteries (right) can impede the amount of blood reaching the heart muscle. When this occurs a patient can most commonly experience Angina, Shortness of Breath or Palpitations. If the blockage completely occludes a vessel, the part of the heart that it supplies will start to die. …

Broken Heart/Takotsubo – Can you Die from a Broken Heart?

Can You Die from a Broken Heart? Statistically speaking the answer seems to be yes. A study by Spreeuw and Xu Wang (2008) found that in the year following the loss of a loved one, men were 6 times as likely to die and women twice as likely to die as they normally would be. It is known in medicine …

Take Your Pulse to Reduce Stroke – Atrial Fibrillation.

Take Your Pulse! Reduce Stroke – Atrial Fibrillation. I have not posted too often over Christmas and New Year because I have been having way too much fun! However, now the dust has settled on my partying antics it has given me time to consider my options for a New Years Resolution. My New Years Resolution is to take my …