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Synchronized Cardioversion

Synchronized cardioversion distributes a low energy shock in order to treat specific types of cardiac arrhythmias. A regular cardiac cycle has a refractory period and a vulnerable period. The vulnerable period happens during the half-way point or towards the second portion of the T-wave while the refractory time frame is …

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How to Reduce Swelling

Swelling in the body occurs primarily as a result of inflammation, and can result from injuries and various maladies of the body, including pregnancy. When these conditions are left on their own without intervention, pain becomes worse, and injuries can become more severe.While there are many causes for swelling, your …

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Normal Platelet Count

There are 3 types of blood cells, namely, red blood cells (RBC), white blood cells (WBC) and platelet. Platelet is the smallest type of blood cells among the 3 and it is only about 20% of a red blood cell’s diameter. And since they are too small, they only contain …

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How to Stop Heart Palpitations

Heart palpitations are situations when you can feel your heart beating abnormally. It sometimes feels as if you heart is flip-flopping in your chest or is skipping a beat. Most people experience palpitations in response to anxiety. Different people describe palpitations differently. Some say their heart starts beating faster (tachycardia), …

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Fast Heartbeat After Eating

It is common to notice your heart run faster than usual after eating a heavy meal. It may also happen when your meal includes stimulants such as sugar or caffeine. However, your heartbeat should become normal once you have digested your food. You may want to see your doctor in case …

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Low Resting Heart Rate

The number of beats per minute (BPM) of your heart is your heart rate, and what’s too slow for you may depend on your age and physical condition. Physically active adults and athletes often have a low resting heart rate, but it’s not causing problems. Older people are more prone …

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End Stage Heart Failure

Heart failure affects over 5.7 million people in the United States and is a long-term progressive disease. Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle isn’t able to get oxygen-rich bloodout to the body. Symptoms include chronic cough, fatigue, swelling in the extremities, poor exercise tolerance, fast pulse, loss of appetite …

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Swan Ganz Catheter Interpretation

Swanz Ganz catheter or pulmonary artery catheter (PAC), also called right heart catheter is a very thin catheter that is inserted into your heart’s right side as well as the arteries that lead to your lungs. Its basic function is to check your heart’s blood flow and function. Swan Ganz …

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What Causes Sickle Cell Anemia?

Anemia refers to a condition in which your body fails to produce healthy red blood cells – the inherited form of anemia is sickle cell anemia. Under normal circumstances, your red blood cells will be round and rather flexible, and face no issues when passing through tiny blood vessels. Those …

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Can Stress Cause High Blood Pressure?

Hypertension or high blood pressure contributes to more than 1,000 deaths per year. Over 50 million Americans are dealing with this condition. No knowledge about the causes of high pressure is one of the biggest reasons why more and more people are becoming a victim of this potentially life-threatening condition. …

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