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The MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Medical Center is one of California's most comprehensive centers for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of cardiovascular disease. We provide advanced, world-class care for complex heart conditions including myocardial infarction, heart failure, arrhythmias and peripheral vascular disease.
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Heart Disease Facts
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) refers to diseases of blood vessels outside of the heart and brain. It is often a narrowing of vessels that carry blood to the legs, arms, stomach or kidneys. Varicose veins are an example of PVD in the veins.
This condition is due to multiple, ulcerated, atherosclerotic plaques, which are lined with thrombus of the thoracoabdominal aorta, and is associated with an irregularly shape of the aortic wall at angiography and CT, known as the “shaggy aorta” syndrome.
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Computed tomography angiography is an exam that uses a contrast (dye) that is placed into the blood stream so that vessels in the body can be seen when an internal image is taken. With Computed Tomography (CT) scanning you will lie on a CT examination table as it moves through the scanner.
Computed tomography (CT scan) technology uses X–rays and complex computers to create cross–sectional "slice" images of the body. Each image provides detailed internal views of the body at the specific location or slice, including the heart and blood vessels.
A stress test helps determine how the heart functions during exercise to diagnose coronary artery disease, heart-related conditions, and to examine the effectiveness of heart treatments. While exercising on a treadmill, your heart rate, blood pressure and EKG are monitored.
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CABG (pronounced like the word "cabbage") stands for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting. Coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgery, also referred to as Coronary Revascularization, reroutes blood flow around a blockage in the coronary artery so the heart muscle can maintain a good blood supply.
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) or subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (SICD) is a small, battery-operated device. The ICD can be permanently placed inside the chest or just under the skin to monitor heart rate and rhythm to detect any rapid and/or irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
Performing more than 500 cardiac surgeries each year, our MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Medical Center has specialized care teams and three dedicated operating rooms exclusively for the needs of cardiac patients.
Selecting specialists to treat your heart and vascular disease or condition is an important decision to make. When selecting a team of physicians it is important to look for specialists who are highly trained in their fields. The comprehensive teams of expert heart and vascular care specialists at MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institutes located in Orange County and Los Angeles County are devoted to innovative heart care to improve the lives of residents in Southern California.
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