Heart & Vascular


What you need to know about pacemakers

When your heart’s natural pacemaker is not working properly, it may need help. A small electronic pacemaker can be placed inside your body to help your heart keep a steady beat. Having a pacemaker means you will need to take certain precautions. But with proper care, you can live a healthy, active life. You may...
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Lifesaving advances in pediatric cardiology

Throughout history, there have been a number of advances that have helped prolong the lifespan of infants and children with congenital heart disease. What would have been fatal as little as 25-30 years ago is now frequently treatable, with many of these young patients expected to live a normal life span. A few of the...
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The evolution of cardiac rehabilitation

Angina pectoris is a type of chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart. The original medical description of this condition was noted in the late 1700’s. Soon after, an angina patient was found to have improved symptoms by walking in the woods 30 minutes daily. Unfortunately, this finding was ignored, and inactivity...
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Heart health from fats to fiber

A person’s risk of heart disease is generally determined using simple blood tests that measure the presence of certain risk factors such as lipids. But what exactly are lipids?
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Infographic: Heart disease at a glance

Your doctor can help you figure out the best lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of heart disease. If you need help finding a doctor, call 1-844-Prisma Health-DOCS (447-3627) or click here. For information about the signs of a heart attack, click here.
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What is postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome?

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a somewhat mysterious condition that we have just begun to understand better in recent decades.
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What Women Need to Know about Heart Disease

While there are many similarities in the symptoms of heart disease in men and women, there are even more differences—differences that, if you’re a woman, could save your life if you know and recognize them. So before you pass that jaw pain off as a toothache, or that lightheadedness as something a snack or nap...
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Heart disease and bariatric surgery

When patients seek bariatric surgical care, often this is prompted by medical conditions that have developed as they experienced an increase in body weight and BMI (their medical comorbidities). Although patients may be familiar with many of these medical issues, one set of issues is often overlooked but is related to heart disease. Many published studies...
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Heart Disease: It’s Not Just for Men!

American humorist Erma Bombeck once said, “I don’t think women outlive men, doctor. It only seems longer.” Unfortunately for females, the statistics regarding heart disease are anything but funny. February is American Heart Month, a time to focus on the serious statistics of cardiovascular disease. Women and heart disease deserve our special attention. Since 1984,...
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GHS selected to participate in new national initiative to prevent heart attacks and strokes

Greenville Health System (GHS) has been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as one of 516 awardees in 47 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia to help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes among millions of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. Health care practitioners, such as GHS, participating in...
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