Pilot Heart Health: Keeping You Safe in the Sky

Just as a pilot’s plane needs maintenance for safety, the pilot himself needs regular checkups for his own health — especially when it comes to heart health. With the help of their cardiologists, many pilots can keep their hearts strong and continue to fly. Checking pilots’ health Federal Aviation Administration-authorized aviation medical examiners evaluate pilots … Read More

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Pacemakers and Defibrillators Save Lives In Different Ways

If your heart isn’t beating at the right rate or rhythm, doctors have several options to help you. Pacemakers and defibrillators take over pacing your heartbeat when heart disease and other conditions play havoc with heart rhythms. Your heart signals Normally, electrical impulses generated in your heart stimulate the heart to contract. This moves blood … Read More

Helping Your Heart Keep Pace

Sometimes the pathway in the heart’s electrical system is interrupted, which causes changes in heart rate and rhythm. A slow heartbeat can occur because the sinus node, the natural “battery” of the heart, is slow. Other times electrical conduction between the upper and lower chambers of the heart is disrupted. When this happens, the heart … Read More