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5 Signs of Atrial Fibrillation Nov 1st, 2021

Atrial fibrillation (or AFib) is the most commonly diagnosed type of heart arrhythmia in the United States, affecting as many as 6 million people. AFib happens when the heart’s two upper chambers — the atria — contract irregularly, resulting in a heartbeat that’s too fast or “out of sync.” Board-certified...

When an Echocardiogram Might Be Necessary Oct 1st, 2021

EKGs (electrocardiograms) are one of the most common tests used to evaluate the electrical activity of your heart. Echocardiograms typically aren’t performed as often — but they can provide a wealth of information, too, especially for patients with specific heart-related issues. Anthony B. Lewis, MD, FACC, and the team at...

How To Get Your Hypertension Under Control Sep 1st, 2021

Almost half of American adults have high blood pressure — but less than a quarter of those people are managing their high blood pressure successfully. That’s the sobering news from the CDC, which also found that slightly more than half of those with hypertension aren’t taking any steps to have...

What to Expect During a Nuclear Stress Test Aug 1st, 2021

Nuclear stress test: Does any medical procedure have a more unfortunate name? Any one of those three words is enough to make you a little bit nervous. Put all three together, and it’s easy to see why a lot of people worry about what to expect. Fortunately, nuclear stress tests...

Understanding the Different Types of Treatment for Veins Causing Leg Swelling Jul 12th, 2021

Every year, between 4-5 million Americans deal with uncomfortable leg swelling, also called edema. Leg swelling can have lots of causes, including pregnancy and obesity. But often, edema in your lower legs and feet is caused by problems with your veins. Chronic venous insufficiency is a common cause of leg...

Is Stress Making Your Hypertension Worse? Jun 23rd, 2021

The American Heart Association says more than 100 million Americans have hypertension (more commonly known as high blood pressure). That means all those men and women are at increased risks for heart disease, heart attack, stroke, dementia, kidney and vision problems, and even some types of cancer. Many people know...

Varicose Veins Aren't Just a Cosmetic Issue May 27th, 2021

Varicose veins affect about 35% of American adults, and if you’re one of them, you’re probably very familiar with the cosmetic problems they cause. Purplish, twisted, and often bulging, there’s no denying that varicose veins are just plain unattractive.  But their appearance is just one thing you need to be...

How to Tell if Your Chest Pain Might Be Serious Apr 15th, 2021

As many as 40% of the world’s population suffers from chest pain — some of it relatively benign, and some of it a sign of a life-threatening problem like heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Generally speaking, you should never ignore chest pain. But when...

How to Know If You’re at Risk for a Heart Attack Mar 9th, 2021

Heart disease is the number-one cause of death in the United States. Heart attacks occur when something — usually a blood clot — interrupts the flow of blood to your heart. Lack of oxygenated blood causes tissues to die.  Heart attacks are always medical emergencies and can be fatal. When...