Treatment of a cardiac or vascular condition, like heart attack or stroke, accounts for $1 of every $6 spent on healthcare in the U.S as reported by WebMd. Experts recommend looking at medication options and disability insurance to help manage costs, but first and foremost, educated healthcare consumers should research the costs at their local facilities to make a wise choice.
An ischemic stroke occurs when there is an obstruction (blockage) in a blood vessel in the brain or neck, causing damage or death to an area of the brain. Not included are patients who are treated with a balloon (angioplasty)/stent procedure or other surgery to remove the obstruction responsible for the stroke, or patients admitted with a rupture (break) in a blood vessel in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke), unless the hemorrhage occurs after the ischemic stroke but during the hospitalization.
Occurs when there is blockage or obstruction in a blood vessel (coronary artery) causing damage or death to an area of the heart (myocardial infarction). Patients who are treated with a balloon (angioplasty)/stent procedure or open heart surgery are not included.
Procedures are used to open narrowed or blocked coronary (heart) arteries to restore blood flow to the heart muscle by inserting a catheter (thin tube) through the skin of the upper thigh or arm. An angioplasty is performed by inflating a small balloon at the end of the catheter to widen the narrowed or blocked area in the artery. Angioplasty procedures are often combined with the placement of a stent (permanent metallic mesh tube) to prevent the artery from narrowing again. Only patients who have had a myocardial infarction (heart attack) are included.
Pain in the chest that is usually not related to the heart (non-cardiac chest pain). Common causes for this type of chest pain include gastric reflux (heartburn), pleurisy (inflammation of the membrane around the lungs) and problems with the ribs and muscles of the chest.
Includes abnormalities in the heart rate (how fast or slow the heart beats) and/or the heart rhythm (how regular/steady the heart beats). Common examples include tachycardia (too fast), bradycardia (too slow) and atrial fibrillation (too fast and irregular).
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