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Icardio.ca is intended to be a support tool for the patient, an extension of the medical consultation.
It is also an essential reference for doctors with ensuring their patients have a good understanding of the heart problem they are facing.

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About Icardio.ca

Icardio.ca is intended to be a support tool for patients, an extension of medical consultation. Written in simple and accessible language, it helps to better understand the structure and functioning of the heart. This is where the basis for understanding cardiovascular diseases, diagnostic approaches, and therapy challenges lies.

It is also an educational reference for students in the health field and for anyone wanting to learn more about cardiology. 

Similarly, Icardio.ca proves to be a very useful reference tool for doctors concerned with their patients’ understanding.

 

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This is a cardiology information and popularization website. It does not replace the doctor, but it does allow for a better understanding of how the heart works, possible heart diseases, the tests required for diagnosis, and the treatments used to treat them.

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Valvular & cardiovascular diseases

Valvular & cardiovascular diseases

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Patient-Partner

Patient-Partner

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Congenital diseases

Congenital diseases

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Environmental cardiology

Environmental cardiology

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History of cardiology

History of cardiology

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Clinical research

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Our collaborators

Our contributors are highly qualified experts passionate about their profession. They are constantly keeping abreast of cutting-edge medical advances and dedicating their careers to providing personalized care of the highest quality. 

These healthcare professionals come from various sectors of cardiology, whether they are specialist doctors practicing general or highly specialized cardiology such as environmental, interventional, structural, pediatric cardiology, or cardiac surgery, and the list goes on. 

Their expertise covers a full range of heart conditions, from prevention to advanced treatments, including diagnostic imaging and clinical research. Our contributors all share the importance of patients understanding the heart disease they are suffering from, first for themselves and then for their loved ones, the challenges involved, the diligence required for their treatment, and a better outcome, eventually. 

They are all driven by the desire to share their knowledge in the simplest way possible for the benefit of people affected directly or indirectly by cardiovascular health problems.

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At Icardio.ca, we have realized that searching the web for information can be complex and time-consuming, often leading to more confusion than answers. 

To simplify this laborious experience, we strive to select and seek the opinions of seasoned experts working in related or highly specialized fields.

Our commitment to patients

Icardio.ca acknowledges that patients may sometimes feel overwhelmed after consulting a healthcare professional for a cardiovascular problem. Time is often limited, questions are numerous, and understanding one’s heart condition can seem complex. It is because of these factors and many others, which would be too numerous to list, that patients may not retain the details of the explanations provided to them in a medical office. 

The essence of our commitment is directed towards these vulnerable individuals. We aim to accompany them with empathy by filling their gaps with general information, sufficiently deepened so that they do not have to endlessly navigate the web and thereby limit their anxieties. 

Our popularized information is an extension of medical consultation, available in an environment that is theirs and that of their loved ones. 

We also aim to be a valuable and appreciated resource for doctors, assisting them in explaining to their patients, helping them to have a clear and precise understanding of their heart problem and its treatment. 

Icardio.ca was designed by and for patients. The addition of patient experience aims to add information based on the daily lives of people with one or more cardiovascular problems.

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Exams

Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography

Dobutamine stress echocardiography helps to indirectly determine if there are significant obstructions in the coronary arteries.

The test is performed using a medication, dobutamine, to stimulate the heart instead of using a treadmill, and a cardiac ultrasound to observe how the heart’s contraction responds to the simulated stress.

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Coronary heart diseases

About Coronary Stents

Coronary stents, also known as “coronary endoprostheses,” have been in use for about three decades.
This article aims to answer frequently asked questions from patients and their families.

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General

TOBACCO

The simple act of smoking a cigarette may seem trivial, but did you know that the smoke inhaled by the smoker contains more than 4,000 chemical compounds, over 50 of which are carcinogenic?

Indeed, all burning plants naturally release chemical compounds.

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Exams

ABPM

The abbreviation ABPM stands for Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring. It is a test where a blood pressure cuff (called tensiometer) is attached to the arm to record blood pressure over a 24-hour period.

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Exams

The myocardial scintigraphy with persantine

Persantine myocardial scintigraphy, also known as “MIBI persantine” or “MIBI dipyridamole,” is a nuclear medicine imaging test.
It helps to indirectly determine if there are significant blockages in the coronary arteries.
The test is performed using a radioactive tracer that ‘follows the path’ of oxygen in the heart muscle.

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Anatomy

Pulmonary capillaries

Pulmonary capillaries are tiny and delicate blood vessels through which red blood cells can obtain oxygen from the lungs. In fact, this is precisely where respiration takes place.

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News

Heatwave and Heart Failure

Patients suffering from heart failure often require constant attention. The presence of a heatwave can destabilize their condition, potentially requiring hospitalization and, in the most severe cases, leading to death.

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Treadmill Stress Echocardiography

Treadmill Stress Echocardiography helps to indirectly determine if there are significant obstructions in the coronary arteries. The test is performed using a treadmill and a cardiac ultrasound to see how the heart’s contraction reacts to effort.

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General

Swollen legs

The most common cause of swollen legs, sometimes of unequal sizes, is related to poor functioning of the leg veins, called venous insufficiency.

People with venous insufficiency in the legs wake up in the morning with little swelling. The problem appears as the day progresses and is more pronounced in the evening.

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Valvular & cardiovascular diseases

Bundle Branch Block

A bundle branch block is an anomaly in the electrical conduction system of the heart. A blockage can occur in either of the two specialized branches of the electrical transmission system when impulses travel to the right and left ventricles.
These conditions are called bundle branch blocks: the Right Bundle Branch Block affects the right branch and the Left one affects the left branch.
Bundle branch blocks can be either intermittent or permanent.

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Warning

This site is intended to provide information and make cardiology comprehensible for all patients; it is not a substitute for a doctor. It does, however, enable a better understanding of how the heart works, the many heart diseases that exist, the tests required to reach a diagnosis, and the drugs and other methods used to treat them.

In case of emergency, please call 911