Congenital Heart Defects

Congenital Heart Defects

Everybody wants a perfect, healthy baby to bring home from the hospital! Some babies, however, are born with health problems such as birth defects. And one of the most common types of birth defect is a congenital heart defect. It is estimated that around 8 out of...
Understanding Cardiac Catheterization

Understanding Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac catheterization is a common procedure — so much so that entire clinics are dedicated to catheterization alone. If you or someone in your family is scheduled to undergo this procedure, you are probably curious about how the procedure is performed and what...
Atrial Septal Defect

Atrial Septal Defect

You might have heard about someone being born with a defect in their heart and wondered exactly what that meant. In this article, we are going to look at one of the most common heart defects called an atrial septal defect. In the United States, between 4 and 8 out of...
Arrhythmias

Arrhythmias

If you put your hand on the left side of your chest and a hold it in place for a moment, you will feel the rhythmic lub-dub of your own heart beating merrily away in your chest.  Ideally, the heart should be between 60 and 100 times a minutes and should have a clear...
Keeping the Circulatory System Happy

Keeping the Circulatory System Happy

Take a moment and lay your hand over your heart. Do you feel that steady lub–dub rhythm? Your heart is an incredible organ, beating between 60 and 100 times a minute for your entire life and keeping the blood flowing throughout your entire body.  This process is...