Heart and Vessels

What is Cardiac Output?

Cardiac output is the quantity of blood that is pumped out of the heart in a minute. It is calculated by the heart rate (beats per minute) multiplied by the stroke volume (amount of blood pushed out of the heart upon contraction). In certain diseases, the heart may be affected and this may reduce cardiac output. The heart >> Read More ...

Retaining Fluid and Shortness of Breath, Body Swelling

TrotG57 Asked : In the past 2 weeks I have been experiencing swelling that seems to be rising up towards my body. First my feet and ankles started swelling and I did not worry too much about it because I have had this before in the past. Normally it goes down after a night’s sleep but this time it stayed and got >> Read More ...

Foods That Cause and Foods That Lower High Blood Pressure

Recommended Diet to Lower High Blood Pressure If you have high blood pressure, your diet should contain (1): Less than 1.5 g of salt (NaCl) and sodium (Na) per day About 4.7 g of potassium (K) per day Low amount of cholesterol and saturated fats (your doctor should tell exact amount) No more than 2 drinks of alcohol per >> Read More ...

Heart Chest Pain

Causes of Heart Chest Pain Cardiovascular conditions that result in chest pain should always be taken seriously as some of the causes are life threatening and require emergency medical attention. Heart chest pain may be severe and sudden with other signs and symptoms like dizziness, shortness of breath (dyspnea) and >> Read More ...

Heart Disease Types and Symptoms; Physiology, Pictures, Video

What Is The Heart The heart (in Latin cor; in Greek kardia) is a muscular organ that pumps the blood through the vessels, supplying the body cells with oxygen and nutrients. Together with the brain, the heart is the center of one’s personality and emotional life. Location of the Heart The heart lies in the middle of >> Read More ...

Causes of Breast Bone Pain (Sternum)

The breast bone, also known as the sternum, is a flat bone located in the middle of the thorax (chest) and serves two important functions in the body. Firstly, the breast bone protects the vital organs lying behind it, primarily the heart and airways, and secondly, it serves as a central point where the ribs and shoulder >> Read More ...

What Is Normal Blood Pressure Range? Blood Pressure Chart

What Is Blood Pressure (BP)? Blood pressure, abbreviated BP, is the pressure of the blood against the arterial walls. Blood pressure results from the force of the heart that pumps the blood into the arteries, and the force of the arteries as they resist the blood flow. Why Are Two Values in the Blood Pressure Reading? >> Read More ...

Acute Ischemic Colitis – Symptoms, Signs, Diagnosis, Treatment

Acute Ischemic Colitis Acute ischemic colitis refers to an inflammation of the colon (a part of the large intestine) due to impairment of the blood flow to the colon. Sudden left side abdominal pain and blood in the bowel movement, appearing in a person after 50 years of age, are characteristic symptoms. The resulting >> Read More ...
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