Heart and Circulation

The circulatory system is composed of the heart and blood vessels, including arteries, veins, and capillaries. Our bodies actually have two circulatory systems: The pulmonary circulation is a short loop from the heart to the lungs and back again, and the systemic circulation (the system we usually think of as our circulatory system) sends blood from the heart to all the other parts of our bodies and back again.

Angiogram of the Lung

An angiogram of the lung is an X-ray test that uses a special dye and camera ( fluoroscopy ) to take pictures of the blood flow in the blood vessels of the lung . During an angiogram, a thin tube called a catheter is placed into a femoral blood vessel in the groin (femoral vein) or just above the elbow (brachial vein)…

Angioplasty for Coronary Artery Disease

Covers procedure, which is also called percutaneous coronary intervention, to widen narrow coronary arteries for stable angina and heart attack. Links to a slideshow of angioplasty. Describes use of stent and balloon to open artery. Explains why it’s done and when it’s not done. Includes how well it works, risks, and recovery time.

Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs)

Discusses medicines to treat coronary heart disease and lower risk of heart failure. Includes list of generic and brand name medicines, including valsartan (Diovan) and losartan (Cozaar). Covers how they work and side effects.

Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs)

Make sure you know about each of the medicines you take. This includes why you take it, how to take it, what you can expect while you’re taking it, and any warnings about the medicine. The information provided here is general. So be sure to read the information that came with your medicine. If you have any questions or…