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Treatment for heart disease

Emergency treatment for heart attacks

Loved ones are often concerned about methods of handling another heart attack. Emergency treatment can save a life. All family members should know how to use it.

A look at bypass surgery

Coronary bypass surgery have been considered a routine operation for more than 30 years. In South Africa, approximately 8 400 coronary bypass operations are performed per year.

Pacemakers set the pace

When things go wrong with your heart's natural pacemaker, the tempo of your heartbeat can be corrected by a nifty device known as a pacemaker.

Should you be on statins?

Statins have an amazing track record. Hundreds of thousands of South Africans take them every day to stave off heart attacks and strokes.

Catheter ablation

Catheter ablation is a procedure which has been developed over the past few years to treat and in many cases, cure, problems with the conducting system of the heart.

Gallery: heart bypass surgery

Every year, more than 8 000 heart bypass operations are performed in South Africa. Here are the pictures of one of them.

A routine miracle

Around 23 bypass operations take place in South Africa every day – here’s what to expect, courtesy of the Heart Magazine.

Angioplasty and stenting

In an angioplasty, the interventional cardiologist inflates a small balloon inside a blood vessel narrowed by atherosclerosis.

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