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fatigue as a heart patient

7 Ways to Fight Fatigue as a Heart Patient

Patients with heart disease often experience fatigue for a variety of reasons, usually caused by multiple factors working together. We are here to tell you that you are not alone and there are things you can do to feel better and increase your energy levels.

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peripheral arterial disease

Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral arterial disease is essentially cholesterol build up in the arteries outside the heart. It can cause stroke, loss of limbs and dysfunction to the internal organs. Read more about what it is and how to prevent it!

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Exercising Heart Disease

Exercising as a Heart Patient

Exercise is helpful in many ways for your overall health, including your cardiovascular system. It lowers your risk of chronic conditions like heart disease, depression, high blood sugar, many types of cancers, stroke and dementia, to name a few.

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Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)

A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is an invasive heart procedure where an ultrasound probe is inserted into your esophagus (food pipe). A transesophageal echocardiogram allows your cardiologist to acquire detailed pictures pertaining to the structure, function and any valvular heart disease that many be present. This procedure demonstrates your cardiac function in much greater detail than a standard transthoracic echocardiogram.

Prior to your procedure, you should not have any food or drink for 8-12 hours. In most cases, you will be able to take your home medications as scheduled. Your cardiologist / healthcare provider will advise you if there are any requirements to alter your medication schedule. Prior to your transesophageal echocardiogram, the technologist will insert an IV in your arm as a safety precaution to begin the test. This will allow sedation to be given to make you more comfortable during your procedure. During your procedure, you will be required to lie flat for approximately 30 minutes while the test is being completed. After your transesophageal echocardiogram, you will need to refrain from driving for approximately 12 hours and will need someone to accompany you home after the procedure. You can return to your normal activities the morning after your procedure.