Heart and Blood System

Aortic Dissection

Aortic aneurysm - dissecting

Aortic dissection is a severe condition where there is a tear in the wall of the major artery bring blood from the heart (aorta). As the tear extends along the wall of the aorta, blood can flow between the layers of the blood vessel wall (dissection). This can lead to aortic rupture or decreased blood […]

Updated: January 20, 2017 — 12:32 pm

Hemolytic Transfusion Reaction

Blood transfusion reaction

A hemolytic transfusion reaction (also known blood transfusion reaction) is a serious issue that can occur after a blood transfusion. The reaction takes place when the red cell that were provided during the transfusion are destroyed by the person’s body immune system.

Updated: January 15, 2017 — 8:38 am

Blood Smear

tear drop cells

A blood smear is a blood test that provides details about the number and shape of blood cells. It is typically done as part of or in addition to a complete blood count (CBC). The test also known as Peripheral Smear; Blood Film; Manual Differential; Differential Slide; Red Blood Cell Morphology; Erythrocyte Morphology; Leukocyte Differential.

Updated: January 9, 2017 — 4:09 am

Carotid Artery Surgery

artery blockage in neck

Carotid artery surgery is a procedure to bring back proper blood circulation to the brain. Alternative names of Carotid artery surgery are Carotid endarterectomy; CAS surgery; Carotid artery stenosis – surgery; Endarterectomy – carotid artery.

Updated: January 2, 2017 — 8:29 am

Coronary Artery Spasm

Coronary artery spasm

The coronary arteries supply blood and oxygen to the heart. Coronary artery spasm is a brief, sudden narrowing of one of these arteries.

Updated: January 1, 2017 — 7:36 am

Prothrombin Time (PT)

Prothrombin Time

Prothrombin time (PT) is a blood test that measures the time it considers the liquid portion (plasma) of your blood to embolisms.

Updated: December 22, 2016 — 12:37 pm

Glomerular Filtration Rate

GFR; Estimated GFR; eGFR

Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is a test used to check how well the kidneys are working. Particularly, it approximates how much blood passes through the glomeruli each minute. Glomeruli are the small filters in the kidneys that filter waste from the blood.

Updated: December 21, 2016 — 8:17 am

Natural Vasodilators

natural vasodilators garlic

Do you have cold fingers and toes? Do your fingers and toes turn reddish and even purplish? Do you have a cold nose? Do your fingers and toes sometimes feel tingly or numb? Do your ankles, knees or knuckles get swollen sometimes?

Updated: December 15, 2016 — 4:17 am
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