Procedure to help open clogged vessels- may also be called "balloon surgery".
Usually, a healthy vein from the leg is removed and attached before and after the coronary obstruction, creating an alternate route for blood supply to the myocardium.
Why? Irreparably damaged myocardium, valves, or blood vessels, or baby/child with congenital heart defect. Problem? Histocompatability. Rx? Immunosuppressants. Artificial hearts? First used in 1982.
Fires only when heart rate drops below programmed minimum.
Tiny, expandable stainless steel tube that holds coronary artery open following angioplasty.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, used in the presence of cardiac arrest.
Electrical shock to bring the heart back to a normal rhythm.
Automated External Defibrillator.
Catheter fed into heart, dye injected, x-rays taken as dye moves through coronary arteries.
X-ray of blood vessel using dye.
Electrical tracing of the heart.