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    Stents: Answers to Common Questions


    Watch as Dr. John P. Reilly, SecondsCount associate editor-in-chief, discusses questions that patients ask about heart stents: Is it safe to get a stent? What are the risks? And what happens after getting a stent? For more information about what happens during a stent procedure, click here. And don’t miss Dr. Reilly’s guided tour of the cardiac cath lab.

    Peripheral Arterial Disease: What You Should Know About PAD


    Watch as SecondsCount Associate Editor-in-Chief Dr. John P. Reilly explains what PAD is, symptoms to be on the lookout for, and why PAD and heart disease are linked.

    Newborn Screening: How Pulse Oximetry Testing Helps Identify Babies with Congenital Heart Disease


    In honor of Newborn Screening Awareness Month, SecondsCount.org Editor-in-Chief Dr. Dennis Kim discusses an important test used to help doctors diagnose critical congenital heart defects. The most common congenital heart defects in babies, heart defects affect approximately 1 in 110 babies born today. Early diagnosis is key to treating congenital heart defects and preventing long-term complications. Click here to learn more about congenital heart defects, including pulse oximetry and other tests.

    Stents & Stable Heart Disease: Response to the New York Times Well Blog


    Watch as SCAI President Dr. Ted A. Bass discusses how stents are used in the care of patients with heart disease.

    Broken Heart Syndrome: Extreme Stress and the Heart


    The body’s stress response is a normal reaction that usually carries us through crises or difficult times. However, for some people, the response to extreme stress can actually harm our heart health. Medical professionals are becoming increasingly aware of a condition called broken heart syndrome, or stress-induced cardiomyopathy, which is often brought on by emotional or physical trauma, and tends to mimic a heart attack. Essentially, researchers have found that our hearts really can “break” when we are grieving or experiencing stressful life events.

    Learn more about broken heart syndrome, including possible causes, diagnosis, and treatment.

    Stent Overuse: What You Should Know


    SCAI addresses recent news reports on stent overuse and discusses the safeguards in place for collaborative treatment decision making among physicians, patients and their families.

    Here’s what you need to know.

    If a Heart Attack Strikes, Will You Recognize the Symptoms?

    Do you know the symptoms of a heart attack? Would you call 9-1-1 if you or someone you were with was experiencing the warning signs?

    Many people who suffer a heart attack either don’t recognize the signs or dismiss them. While “It can’t be happening to me!” is a natural reaction, it’s in your best interest to play it safe and get checked out. Why? Because seeking and receiving prompt treatment improves the odds of survival and helps preserve heart muscle function.
    Click here to learn symptoms to watch out for, why your quick response is important, and steps to take if you experience the warning signs.

    Sticking With It: Strategies to Keep You Going When Exercise Loses Its Luster


    No matter how dedicated you are, it can be tough to stick with a regular physical activity routine. Barriers creep up when we least expect them. Fortunately, the most commonly cited reasons for getting out of the exercise groove -- time, money, weather, self-consciousness, boredom and fatigue – can be conquered with practical solutions.

    Click here to check them out!

    Bracing for Winter: New Research on Heart Attacks & Cold Temperatures 

    Two studies presented last week found a connection between cold weather and heart events. After studying data from more than 100,000 people enrolled in 10 studies, one group of researchers found that heart disease risk factors were higher than average in the winter months and lower than average in the summer months. The second study included approximately 16,000 heart attack patients. The researchers found that the risk of having a heart attack increased 7 percent for every 10 degrees Celsius that the temperature dropped.
    To learn more about cold weather and heart health, including symptoms to watch for, click here.

    Got PAD or Diabetes? Treat Your Feet with TLC


    If you have diabetes, peripheral artery disease (PAD), or both, you can help prevent serious foot problems, including the loss of a toe, foot, or leg to amputation, by taking care of your feet every day.

    Check out the SecondsCount Treat Your Feet Checklist for tips on daily foot care, protecting your feet from sores, and getting foot exams. We invite you to download the checklist, too. Pin it in your home, as a reminder to treat your feet with TLC.

    Learn to Read Food Labels - for Your Heart


    One smart step toward managing your weight, preventing childhood obesity, and protecting your heart from the risks associated with being overweight is learning how to make sense of the important information on food labels. Knowing how to interpret this data will help you make heart-smart shopping decisions. Check out these seven steps toward reading Nutrition Facts Panel information with your heart in mind.

    Click here to get started.

    Five Things You Need to Know About Peripheral Artery Disease


    Atherosclerosis is an equal-opportunity disease, likely to take up residence not just in the arteries that supply blood to the heart, but also in those that feed oxygen-rich blood to the legs, kidneys, and brain.

    When blockages develop in blood vessels outside the heart, it’s called peripheral artery disease, or PAD. It’s a serious condition than can affect the ability to walk. PAD has also been linked to risk of heart attack and stroke. Take a few minutes today, in honor of PAD Awareness Month, to learn about PAD – its causes, symptoms to watch for, as well as how it can be prevented and treated.  
    Start here, with five things everyone should know about PAD.  Want to know more? Just click here.

    Heart Stents: Tools for Treating Blocked Blood Vessels


    If you hold a stent in the palm of your hand, it doesn’t look all that different from a spring in a retractable ink pen. At a glance, the apparent simplicity of a stent belies the decades of engineering and research studies that have contributed to its development. Without stents, angioplasty — a procedure to clear blocked arteries and stop a heart attack or improve heart disease symptoms — would not be the success story that it is today. Stents play a crucial, long-term role in enabling oxygen-rich blood to flow to the heart muscle.

    Click here to learn more about heart stents.