Last updated 10 days ago
Interventional cardiology is a branch of cardiac care in which physicians use invasive techniques to clear blockages in the heart or learn more about how blood is moving through the heart. These procedures can be life-saving when applied during a heart attack or they can prevent a heart attack from occurring in the first place.
Cardiac catheterization is one interventional cardiology procedure in which the physician gets a firsthand look at how the heart is pumping blood and where any blockages may be found. Angioplasty may accompany catheterization if a blockage is present. This procedure uses a balloon catheter to open blockages and clear the arteries.
Los Robles Hospital is in the top 10% of the nation’s hospitals for acute heart attack outcomes, and we offer a complete range of interventional cardiology services to support our heart attack care. For a closer look at the Heart Center at Los Robles in Thousand Oaks, visit our website or call (877) 888-5746 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.
Last updated 12 days ago
Heart attack and cardiac arrest are sometimes used interchangeably, but these conditions are not the same. They can both be life-threating and may be prevented through the management of certain risk factors. However, the risk factors for cardiac arrest can differ greatly from those for heart attack. Here is a closer look at the differences between these two serious conditions that require emergency care.
A heart attack takes place when a blockage in the arteries prevents blood from flowing to part of the heart. Cardiac arrest—the sudden electrical malfunction of the heart that causes it to stop beating—can occur during a heart attack, but it may also occur suddenly due to the presence of an arrhythmia. Heart attack is considered a circulatory problem while cardiac arrest is an electrical problem.
Who is at Risk?
Hereditary risk factors may be at play for both conditions, but there are also some more controllable risk factors. Heart attack may be caused by lifestyle choices such as physical inactivity, poor diet, and cigarette smoking. Cardiac arrest is often related to arrhythmias, which alter the way the heart beats. With proper care from your physician, you can learn to live with an arrhythmia while lowering your chances of suffering cardiac arrest. Recreational drug use may also put you at risk for cardiac arrest, because certain drugs can cause your heart to beat very rapidly and without proper coordination.
What Treatment is Used?
Cardiac arrest is immediately treated with a defibrillator, which sends electrical pulses through the heart to restart the pulse. Heart attack treatment involves the reopening of the arteries to restore blood flow as soon as possible. In both cases, you should call 9-1-1 immediately.
The Accredited Chest Pain Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center can provide the necessary care when sudden cardiac conditions arise. To learn more about our life-saving emergency care, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (877) 888-5746.
Last updated 17 days ago
If you are looking for an easy way to make your diet a little healthier, you might focus on adding more fiber to your meals. There are different types of fiber that you need to stay healthy and stay full for longer periods.
As you can see in this video, fiber rich foods take longer to digest, and they use more energy in the process. These foods are favorable over simple sugars and white bread, which can cause spikes in your blood sugar as they move through the body quickly. Foods that are richest in soluble fiber include fruits, whole grain cereals, and beans.
For support as you make your heart healthy lifestyle changes, consult Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. You can learn more by visiting us online or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (877) 888-5746.
Last updated 19 days ago
A busy schedule is a common excuse for missing out on physical activity. Regardless of the reason, a lack of physical activity can lead to serious problems with your heart, so you should make time for exercise even when your schedule is packed full. Here are some ways to squeeze in the exercise you need without eliminating other activities from your day.
Multitask Throughout the Day
You may be able to get multiple activities done at once when you get a little creative. If you sit at a desk all day, you might keep a set of free weights handy so you can do a few repetitions when you are reading emails or listening in on conference calls. You could also take a walk when you have face-to-face meetings with your coworkers to encourage a healthier work environment.
Add More Activity into Your Routine
There is always room to add more activity to your day. For example, you could take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further back in a parking lot, or dance around the house as you do chores. You could also resist the urge to sink into the couch after a long day and instead do some aerobic exercises as you watch your favorite television shows.
Take What You Can Get
Some days, you simply may not have the time or energy to get a full load of activity. Still, you should not get too disappointed when you fall short. Simply get back to your routine the next day and opt for whatever activity you can. Even a simple walk around the block is a whole lot better than nothing.
For more heart-smart tips for American Heart Month this February, connect with Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. You can visit us online or call (877) 888-5746 for our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.
Last updated 24 days ago
A heart attack is the result of an artery clog that can occur for a number of different reasons. When a heart attack occurs, the blood flow is completely disrupted to one area of the heart. If blood cannot enter the heart, the tissue begins to die. Therefore, it is important to seek heart attack treatment right away if any symptoms are observed. The sooner treatment is applied, the less muscle tissue damage occurs. This increases the chances of survival and creates better opportunities for a successful recovery.
When you notice signs such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and discomfort in the upper body, you should call 9-1-1 right away. If you receive your care at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, you will have access to the most advanced technologies for cardiac care as well as excellent cardiac rehab services to help get you back on your feet. You can explore more of what Los Robles Hospital has to offer on our website or at (877) 888-5746.