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New York Heart Failure

The heart is fundamentally responsible for just about everything that keeps you alive. That is why it is of paramount importance to ensure that the heart functions at its optimal state. Heart and Health Medical is determined to help create healthy lives with early detection and preventative methods. Throughout this site, you can find the latest information concerning heart conditions, different medical treatments, and technological advancements in the cardiology field. Dr. David Kavesteen MD, FACC is one of Long Island’s leading cardiologists and founder of Heart and Health Medical. Dr. Kavesteen is dedicated to his patients needs and makes sure to provide each individual with the most effective treatment in order to maintain a healthy heart and body. Heart & Health Medical is conveniently located at three convenient locations across Long Island.

Although the heart is only about the size of a fist and weighs less than a pound, it is considerably the most important organ in the human body. Located in the mediastinum (middle cavity of the thorax), the heart extends about 5 inches long and is made up of four main chambers: two atria and two ventricles. The atrium receive blood from the body, while the ventricles pump blood out of the heart.

How The Heart Works

human_heart_diagramThe heart is a intricate system of parts with different functions that work together simultaneously. The right side of the heart serves as the pulmonary circuit pump. Deoxygenated blood from the body enters through the superior vena cava or inferior vena cava and flows down into the right atrium. As deoxygenated blood leaves the right atrium, it passes through the right ventricle, pulmonary valve, and pulmonary arteries until it reaches its final destination; the lungs. Once the blood enters the lungs, carbon dioxide is removed from the blood, while oxygen is absorbed. This newly oxygenated blood is now able to serve its optimal purpose in the body.

The left side of the heart is referred to as the systemic circuit pump. One deoxygenated blood receives oxygen from the lungs, it enters the heart through the pulmonary veins, and proceeds to travel through the left atrium, the left ventricle, and finally the aorta. From the aorta, the blood enters different arteries and is transported to different tissues of the body. Once the blood becomes deoxygenated again, the veins carry the blood back to the heart, where the this cycle starts again.

Blood Pressure

highbp-01Blood pressure is defined as the pressure of blood against the artery walls as the heart is contracting. It consists of two different numbers, representing the systolic and diastolic pressures. Normal blood pressure is between 115-120 / 72-80. High blood pressure is severe condition that affects the overall function of the heart, and if left untreated, can lead to coronary heart disease as well as many other heart diseases.