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Coarctation of the Aorta – CoA

You have read something of congenital heart defects inside the heart. Now let us consider a defect that is outside the heart itself, in one of the great arteries of the body – the aorta. What is COARCTATION of the aorta ? Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) is an area of localized narrowing of the […]

Ventricular Septal Defect – VSD

What is a Ventricular Septal Defect? Ventricular septal defects – also called VSD – are similar to ASD. A VSD is a “hole” in the wall between the two lower chambers of the heart – the ventricles. VSD may be small, medium-sized or large, and may be single or multiple. It may occur in different […]

Atrial Septal Defect – ASD

What is an Atrial Septal Defect ? The two upper chambers of the heart are called the right and left atrium. They are separated by a “wall”, called the ATRIAL SEPTUM. Sometimes, this “wall” is not complete. There is a hole in it. This hole is called an Atrial Septal Defect – or ASD, in […]

Undertanding Unstable Angina

Grandma almost died – SEVEN times! The attacks came with no warning. At any time of the day or night, it would hit her with uncaring abandon, leaving the hearty, cheerful old lady bent over and crippled with pain. Her face ashen and sweaty. The breath rattling wheezily through her chest. In agony, she’d gasp for […]

Heart Attack – All That You Need To Know About It

My cellphone rang at 2 a.m. That’s always a bad thing. Usually, it meant a medical emergency. My uncle was on the line. “Your aunt’s having some chest discomfort for around ten minutes.” I snapped fully awake at the words, suspecting a heart attack. “It’s getting worse. Not really chest pain, but…” I interrupted. “Take […]

Acute Coronary Syndrome

I was 11 years old when I first watched a man die! On holidays, I’d sit on the small balcony of our first floor flat, reading and watching events on the street. My little friend, Hari, lived in the ground floor apartment. His grandfather worked at a bank. That morning, grandpa waddled out of the house […]

Signs of Heart Attack

If You Know The Signs of Heart Attack, You Can Save Lives   My sister saved my father’s life when he had a heart attack! They were at a day-long symposium, when during the lunch break, dad suddenly complained of discomfort and had a sudden urge to use the toilet. When he returned a few […]

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