Stephen Fort MD MRCP FRCPC


How a Heart Attack Happens

The most common cause of a heart attack is sudden narrowing or blockage of a coronary artery, which blocks oxygen to the heart. This can happen when plaque in the coronary artery breaks and a blood clot forms in the artery. Plaque is a buildup of cholesterol, white blood cells, calcium, and other substances in the walls…

How the Heart Works

The heart is at the center of your circulatory system, which is a network of blood vessels that delivers blood to every part of your body. Blood carries oxygen and other important nutrients that all body organs need to stay healthy and to work properly. Your heart is a muscle, and its job is to pump blood throughout…

Angina

Angina is a symptom of heart disease. Angina happens when there is not enough blood flow to the heart muscle. This is often a result of narrowed blood vessels, usually caused by hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Most people feel angina symptoms in their chest. The most common symptom is chest pain or…

Sudden Heart Failure

Sudden heart failure causes rapid fluid buildup, or congestion, in the lungs and other parts of the body. It occurs when the heart does not pump as much blood as the body needs. Symptoms develop suddenly and include: Severe shortness of breath. An irregular or rapid heartbeat. Coughing up foamy, pink mucus. Sudden heart…

Heart Failure Types

Heart failure means that your heart muscle does not pump as much blood as your body needs. Failure doesn’t mean that your heart has stopped. It means that your heart is not pumping as well as it should. There is more than one type of heart failure, so you might hear your doctor call it different names. The types are…