A group of disorders that affect the heart’s ability to effectively pump blood around the body through arteries and veins.
Hypercholesterolemia (High Cholesterol)
Quarter-pound burgers, French fries, deep-fried chicken…our modern diets are often high in unhealthy fats. The fact that extra fats are so easily available in popular food has caused a spike in the number of U.S. residents with high cholesterol, which is the diagnosis given when a person has an unusually high level of fats in their blood. While high cholesterol can lead to potentially life-threatening conditions such as heart attack and stroke, it can also be easily managed through diet, exercise, and medication.
Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Placement and Removal
An IVC is a special basket-like filter to trap blood clots. It can be inserted into the inferior vena cava to prevent pulmonary embolism, but it is important to remove IVC filters as soon as they’re no longer needed to reduce long-term complications.
Ventricular Assist Devices
Ventricular assist devices (VAD) can keep the blood pumping properly while a person with serious heart issues waits for a heart transplant. They may also be used as permanent solutions for people who have severe heart failure, and have another chronic disease or issue that makes them ineligible for a heart transplant.