Shortness of Breath can Be a Symptom of the Heart, Not the Lungs

Nobody really thinks about breathing until it becomes difficult.  We breathe in and out as a natural physical function. Thousands and thousands of times per day, we unconsciously inhale and exhale.  But sometimes, this natural process is interrupted by pathology. Breathing problems can be attributed to any number of causal factors, from poor physical conditioning […]

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How Long Should I Take My Plavix After Stenting?

The question in the title in one medical professionals hear a lot.  It’s a common topic of discussion not only patient to doctor, but doctor to doctor. Atherosclerosis is a disease of the arteries in which fat deposits form in the inner, damaged layer of an artery.  When blockages obstruct the flow of blood at […]

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What to Expect When You’re Scheduled for a Cardiac Metabolism PET Scan. (To evaluate for myocarditis, endocarditis, or sarcoidosis)

Your doctor has scheduled you for a PET scan to detect myocarditis, endocarditis, or sarcoidosis.  You’re a little anxious about it, so you’ve gotten online to find out more about what the test is and how it works.  You’re taking the bull by the horns and that’s a good thing. We’ve written this post for […]

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Aortic stenosis – What is It?

Whether you’ve heard of it or not, aortic stenosis is the most common problem associated with heart valve dysfunction and the most serious. When the valve narrows, due to either a congenital defect or the natural aging process, blood flow is severely restricted.  Calcium buildup and scar tissue can severely inhibit the function of the […]

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Nerve damage in the heart and Parkinson’s Disease – new study offers hope

10 million people worldwide live with Parkinson’ Disease and 60,000 Americans being diagnosed with the condition each year. The condition is neuro-degenerative, caused by the loss of brain cells which produce dopamine and leading to a gradual loss of motor function.  Tremors, rigidity of the limbs and difficulty controlling the body are all symptoms of […]

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The Heart-Brain Connection: New Findings on Stress and Heart Attack

Back in the day, Rene Descartes, in his famed letter to the Learned Doctors of the Sorbonne, posited an intimate connection between the brain and body.  His hypothesis was that this synergy was achieved via the pineal gland. But with scientific advances, we’ve come to understand that there’s more than a connection.  The human body […]

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How PET Scans of the Brain Reveal the Microscopic Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease has been likened to dying in your sleep.  Effecting millions of American families, the tragedy of Alzheimer’s is watching a family member slowly disappear.  The person you once knew flees and in their place is someone who no longer knows you. But now, PET scans are being revealed as a means of early […]

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The Growth of Cardiovascular Disease

The USA has a heart problem.  Fully 1 in 3 Americans suffers from cardiovascular disease and the problem is only getting bigger. And the growth of cardiovascular diseases as a public health concern is escalating.  The numbers of people suffering heart-related conditions like high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke and coronary heart disease are burgeoning. […]

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Natural Health Remedies for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

You may be a little suspicious reading the title of this post.  The moment someone says, “natural health”, people tend to dismiss the whole idea. But if that describes you, it’s important to note that the medical community is embracing natural remedies.  And they’re not as esoteric as you might think. All that we’re going […]

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Heart PET Scan: Purpose and Procedure

The heart PET scan is the most accurate imaging diagnostic in existence for the detection of cardiovascular disease.  Symptoms presenting in patients who may have CVD can be traced to a precise source with this diagnostic. Physicians are given a real time view of the heart, revealing symptomatic sources and the presence of dysfunction, making […]

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Non-Invasive Vascular Studies

Heart Monitors – What Every Patient Needs to Know

The heart is the engine of the body, so when things aren’t quite right, it’s important to address the anomaly by finding the cause. And the best way to find the cause is by applying cardiac diagnostics which help doctors see what’s going on. Heart palpitations are usually a minor matter.  Many patients visit their […]

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The Widow Maker Heart Attack

Notorious as the most severe variety of cardiac event, the widow maker heart attack doesn’t just strike men.  It strikes women, too. It’s caused by a material or total blockage of a crucial artery.  It can kill you suddenly and if you suffer from one, there’s a very high probability you won’t survive. The muscles […]

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Why Women’s Hearts are Different

If you scratch popular culture in just the right place, you’ll discover that women’s health is widely viewed in terms of the female reproductive system. In fact, many women see things that way themselves.  They’re more likely to visit the doctor for gynecological concerns than for any other reason. And this is a public health […]

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The Growing Problem of Obesity and the Heart

The population of the USA is burgeoning.  We’re not talking about population growth here, either.   Rather, we’re talking about the growth of the population. Just in case you’re laboring under the misconception that the new trend to healthier living has made a dent in the USA’s obesity problem, new evidence suggests otherwise.  In October of […]

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How Often Should I Have a Stress Test?

There are so many variables when it comes to having your heart stress-tested.  This post is about reviewing them, so you have an overview of the indicators which should be compelling you to seek one. That said, the best indicator you need a stress test is your primary caregiver’s advice.  Your doctor understands your healthcare […]

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Exercise with Heart Disease – Is it Safe and Should I Be Doing It?

Heart disease is a scary diagnosis.  Many people respond by doing as little as possible, physically. And that’s the worst thing you can do. Exercise is, without doubt, the most effective treatment for heart disease.  It’s more effective than any drug your doctor can give you. If exercise could be patented as a medical treatment, […]

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Congestive Heart Failure – Treatable and Reversible

For you to live a long and healthy life, your heart needs to be in top condition as it is the most important organ in your body. The job of the heart is to pump blood to all other organs, and if there is a problem with the heart, the entire body will suffer. Congestive […]

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Do I Need a Stress Test? Why It’s Not That Simple

When it comes to stress tests to check in on your heart, things aren’t all that cut and dried. There are contingencies involved which need to be addressed.   Firstly, these tests aren’t entirely foolproof.  They can be misread and misinterpreted.  There’s also the fact that patients don’t really understand what kind of information is rendered […]

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Kidney Disease and Heart Disease – Is There a Link?

Kidney disease is also known as “silent disease” because it does not exhibit any warning signs. You usually don’t find out you are suffering from a chronic kidney disease until almost 90% of your kidneys have stopped working; which makes it even more deadly. There is a significant link between kidney disease and heart disease, […]

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms in Women Are More Dangerous Than in Men

While this type of aneurysm is more common in men, abdominal aortic aneurysms in women are much more dangerous.  While 5% of men experience abdominal aortic aneurysms, only 1% of women do. In the case of women, progress is more rapid and rupture, far more likely.  Abdominal aortic aneurysms are also responsible for higher death […]

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Fast Heart Rate – Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

If your heart beats more than 100 times per minute in resting mode, then you have a fast heart rate.  There’s no specific marker for when a fast heart rate becomes a problem, in terms of beats per minute, but at 100, you’re flagged as having a potential problem. In terms of treatment, everyone’s different.  […]

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Fighting Heart Disease in Women

According to the current count, around 49.6% of the world’s population is women.According to statistics, the leading cause of death in the world is heart diseases. How are they related? The symptoms of heart diseases are seen differently in women as they are in men. Women are equally prone to getting heart diseases as men […]

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Famous Celebrities and Their Health Problems

We put celebrities up on the pedestal and think nothing can touch them there. This isn’t true. Celebrities are just like us. They have problems; they face issues, and they get diseases. And sometimes, they lose their battles with these diseases as well. There are a lot of famous people around the world who are […]

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Cardiac Catheterization & Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Cardiac Catheterization & Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

The heart is arguably the most important organ in the body. Blood flows into it and out of it via a complex maze of blood vessels, which can also be used as a means of examining the condition of the heart and circulatory system. A special diagnostic medical procedure known as cardiac catheterization makes it […]

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Echocardiography

Echocardiography – also referred to as an echocardiogram – is a medical procedure used to measure the size and shape of the heart, as monitor the flow of blood through its valves and chambers. The diagnostic tests are more easily interpreted as a heart sonogram, which uses sound waves to measure cardiac output. Cardiologists often […]

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Peripheral Vascular Intervention

Peripheral Vascular Intervention

Peripheral vascular disease involves blockages affecting the body’s lower extremities. These types of obstructions can cause serious circulatory complications – some of which can become fatal if left untreated. Intervention is necessary to prevent complications of peripheral vascular disease and the deterioration of the affected limb. Peripheral vascular intervention varies from patient to patient, with […]

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Non-Invasive Vascular Studies

Non-Invasive Vascular Studies

Non-invasive vascular studies are tests used to diagnose cardiovascular and circulatory conditions. Unlike some other types of vascular tests, non-invasive vascular studies are free of needles and dyes. There are many reasons for ordering a non-invasive vascular test. For example, your cardiologist may recommend further testing following a routine physical examination or the appearance of […]

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What is Cardiology?

Cardiology is a specialty branch of medicine dedicated to the treatment and prevention of heart disease. Cardiologists help patients learn how to manage heart disease and better prevent future complications. Cardiologists also play an important role in the treatment of heart attacks and other cardiologic conditions like heart failure and heart rhythm disruptions. A cardiologist […]

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