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Who’s In The Operating Room With You During Heart Surgery?

Having heart surgery is scary enough. Having a bunch of masked strangers stand over as you prepare to have surgery is even scarier. Although surgeons perform successful heart surgeries all the time, this may be your first time. So, who helps out during the actual procedure may be a mystery to you. Here’s a breakdown […]

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Heart Valves: 3 Ways They Behave Like School Crossing Guards

Remember your elementary school crossing guard? As you approached the intersection, she’d raise her paddle to halt traffic and let you cross the street safely. Once on the other side, she’d allow traffic through again. Those school crossing guards behave very much like your own heart valves. Your heart valves move blood in one specific […]

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Circulatory System Function: Why Your Heart And Veins Need Each Other

You remember how Dorothy, Toto, and the rest of the gang were trying to make their way to see the Wizard of Oz? That’s kind of how veins work in relation to your heart. Your heart is the wizard, and your veins are like the yellow brick road, or roads, that lead to it. Dorothy […]

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Is Heart Disease Genetic?

Maybe you already know that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the US. You consider yourself to be pretty healthy, so you don’t think you should be too concerned. Then, you find out that your grandmother—who passed away when you were little—had heart disease. You begin to wonder: If grandma had […]

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5 Reasons Why A Heart Arrhythmia Can Be So Dangerous

Your heart is an electrical powerhouse. It beats 100,000 times, pumping nearly 2,000 gallons of blood—daily—all thanks to its internal electrical system. And the beat goes on, until a kink in the electrical system causes it to malfunction. When electrical activity interrupts the heart, it’s called an arrhythmia. This can cause the heart to beat […]

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