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Stress Tests: What Are They, and Do You Need One?

Stress Tests: What Are They, and Do You Need One?

Stress tests are used to help diagnose heart problems and monitor patients with heart conditions. During a stress test, your heart rate, heart rhythm, blood pressure and breathing are monitored and evaluated before, during and after exercise, which is usually...

The Importance of Healthy Veins & Arteries

The Importance of Healthy Veins & Arteries

Many patients with peripheral vascular disease (PVD) rarely experience any symptoms, and typically the symptoms are quite mild. When symptoms do occur, they are often dismissed as merely the aches and pains of getting older. That’s why keeping your blood vessels...

Six Ways to a Healthier Heart

Six Ways to a Healthier Heart

Author: S. Scott Wiggins, M.D., F.A.C.C.   With Father’s Day approaching, this provides an excellent opportunity to promote men’s health. Given that heart disease is the leading killer of Americans and that more than half a million men will have a heart attack...

Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart muscle does not pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. The failure can occur when the heart does not pump properly (systolic) or does not fill adequately (diastolic). Heart failure does not mean the heart is about to...

Heart Disease & Stroke – A Shared Risk

Heart Disease & Stroke – A Shared Risk

Unfortunately, there is a strong link between heart disease and stroke. According to the American Stroke Association, patients with angina or coronary heart disease (or who have atherosclerosis and have also had a heart attack), have twice the risk of having a stroke...

Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

The Difference between Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators   While you have no doubt heard of pacemakers and you probably know what a defibrillator is, there’s a good chance you are not familiar with the implantable cardioverter defibrillator...

Women’s Heart Health: Know Your Risk for Heart Disease

Women’s Heart Health: Know Your Risk for Heart Disease

Women’s heart health starts with understanding your risk factors for heart disease. Although heart disease has historically been associated with men more than women, it is in fact the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths in the United States each year....