Video Library

These videos will provide you with some basic background to help you, in partnership with your doctor, to prevent heart disease, improve your cardiovascular health and give you a basic understanding of some standard tests and procedures your doctor may want to perform to help determine your cardiac health.

Adenosine Stress Test

Stress testing provides your doctor with information about how your heart works during physical stress.

Cardiac MRI

A cardiac MRI (CMR) test is an evaluation of your heart using a specialized MRI camera.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

If you've had a cardiac event, you should know that getting into a cardiac rehabilitation program can help you recover quickly, reduce the risk of a future heart event or related procedure.

Diabetes and Heart Disease: Management with a Team Approach

Diabetes raises your risk of heart attack and stroke. To help reduce your risk of heart disease, it is important to work with a team of health care providers to manage all aspects of your diabetes.

Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram

Dobutamine echocardiogram is a painless, harmless test that uses a dobutamine infusion to mimic the effect of exercise on your heart.

Dobutamine Stress Nuclear Study

This test uses a small dose of radioactive solution to track heart function while using a dobutamine infusion to mimic the effect of exercise on your heart.

Echocardiography

This video tells you everything you need to know about having an echocardiogram.

Family History

Family history can be such an important predictive factor for your own health, so it is imperative that you take the time to find out as much as you can about the health of your blood relatives.
HDL

HDL — "Good" Cholesterol

HDL – the good cholesterol. HDL particles are not depositing cholesterol in your arteries, but rather are removing it from your system, so the higher your HDL cholesterol the better.

High Blood Pressure

Hypertension is a major contributor to heart disease, and the number one preventable cause of heart failure.

How to Take Your Blood Pressure at Home

This video shows you how to take your blood pressure at home.
LDL

LDL — "Bad" Cholesterol

LDL- the bad cholesterol. LDL is the cholesterol that gums up your arteries and causes the buildup of blockages.

Smoking

Tobacco use remains the single most preventable cause of death, especially as it relates to heart disease.

Stress Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram is a painless, harmless test that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to examine the heart's anatomy and function.

Stress Nuclear Study

A cardiac (heart) nuclear study is a test that uses a small dose of radioactive solution to track blood flow to the heart muscle, and to evaluate heart function.

Triglycerides

Triglycerides are one of the particles that transport fat around the body. Compared to LDL and HDL, the relative contribution of triglycerides to the development of heart disease has been less clear.

What Are the Different Types of Fat?

There are good fats and bad fats, and moderation is still key. Choose smart fat, not low fat.

You and Atrial Fibrillation: Why Your Heart Rate and Rhythm Matter

Describes the different types of atrial fibrillation and the treatment options available.

You and Atrial Fibrillation: What You Need to Know About Stroke Risk

How atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke and what options exist for reducing that risk.

Spirit of the Heart Community Events

Spirit of the Heart events offer heart disease screening and events in underserved communities.

Alcohol — A Drink to Health

Drinking a modest amount of alcohol can have numerous health benefits. Excessive consumption, however, increases your risk for several serious conditions.

Female Heart Attack Symptoms

Women and men may describe heart attack symptoms differently. For example, women are twice as likely to describe their chest pain with the words "discomfort," "pressing," "crushing" and "bad ache."

The Dangers of Hypertension

Hypertension, more commonly called high blood pressure, affects one out of three U.S. adults. Many, however, don't even know it because there are often no symptoms.

Know Your Numbers -- Blood Pressure

Blood pressure can range from healthy (120/80), to borderline (120+/80+), to unhealthy (140+/90+). That’s why it’s important for you to know your numbers.

Male Heart Attack Symptoms

In addition to pain in the upper body, men having a heart attack may also feel like they have heartburn or indigestion, shortness of breath, or nausea and dizziness.

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