Why Heart Failure Patients Need to Know About CardioMEMS

grandson's birthday partyYou’re sitting on the couch with swollen feet. You’ve been coughing more lately, and you seem more tired this week. Your appointment with your heart failure (HF) specialist is still three weeks away; but something just doesn’t feel right.

You head to the bedroom to lie down and put your head on the pillow, but the pillow isn’t just an everyday pillow you get from the store. This pillow came from your cardiologist.

Women and Heart Disease: Broken Heart Syndrome

broken heart with band aidWhile “broken heart syndrome” may sound like the theme of a romance novel, it’s a very real health condition that mostly affects women. In fact, more than 90 percent of reported cases occur in women ages 58 to 75.

Also called takotsubo cardiomyopathy or stress cardiomyopathy, broken heart syndrome is a condition in which the heart muscle suddenly becomes weakened or stunned, and the left ventricle — one of the heart’s lower chambers that’s responsible for pumping oxygen-rich blood to tissues throughout the body — temporarily changes shape.