Emily Orta had gone into Cardiac Arrest (meaning her heart suddenly stopped beating. At the field, CPR and first responders were able to shock Orta's heart to start beating again using an automated external defibrillator (AED). The same thing that was done with me.
Having experienced a near death experience of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) has significantly changed my life. The description of my survival is based upon my wife’s recollection since I was suddenly stricken with SCA at a professional friend’s home in Rocklin, California seven years ago. I do not remember anything that happened when I suffered the SCA, nor do I remember the week prior to my SCA.
You might know someone who has cardiovascular disease because more than 60 million Americans have some form of it. This disease includes a variety of problems, including high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, chest pain, heart attacks, and strokes.
An enlarged heart (cardiomegaly) isn't a disease, but rather a symptom of another condition.
The term "cardiomegaly" most commonly refers to an enlarged heart seen on a chest X-ray. Other tests are then needed to diagnose the condition causing your enlarged heart.
You may develop an enlarged heart temporarily because of a stress on your body, such as pregnancy, or because of a medical condition, such as the weakening of the heart muscle, coronary artery disease, heart valve problems or abnormal heart rhythms.
An enlarged heart may be treatable by correcting the cause. Treatment for an enlarged heart can include medications, medical procedures or surgery.
A diagnostic procedure used to explore the coronary arteries, involving use of a catheter entering the body from an artery in the leg, and passed into the arteries of the heart. It can help diagnose heart disease and coronary artery blockages.
An abnormal heart rhythm occurs when the electrical impulses traveling through the heart cause the heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly. Often, an arrhythmia is seen on an electrocardiogram (ECG) even when the person has no symptoms. But it can also be very serious, causing the person to pass out or even die.