Heart Failure describes the condition of the heart when it is no longer able to function effectively as a pump to supply adequate blood to meet the body's needs, or when the heart is unable to adequately fill up with blood, thereby causing insufficient blood to be sent to the rest of the body.
Common symptoms include:
The most common tests are:
In the acute/emergency setting:
What to expect?Before going through a PTCA, a coronary angiogram is done first to provide a 'roadmap'. Undergoing PTCA is also very similar to having a coronary angiogram procedure.
What to prepare?
What are the success rates?
What are the potential risks or complications?Major complications like heart attacks, abnormal heart rhythm, stroke and death occur in less than 1% of the patients undergoing PTCA.
Home CareAs a patient:
What is it? Unlike a traditional Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, the off-pump CABG does not require the use of the heart-lung machine. Instead of stopping the heart, surgeons can now hold portions of the heart stable during surgery due to technological advances and new kinds of operating equipment. The surgeon can now bypass the blocked artery in a highly controlled and stabilised environment while the rest of the heart continues pumping blood to the rest of the body.
Why do you need this surgery?
How should you prepare for the surgery?
What happens during the surgery?
What are the potential risks or complications?
What happens after the surgery?