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Fast Heart Rate – When To Worry?

By: Dr. Daniel A. Schneider Experiencing a fast heart rate can be a worrisome occurrence, especially if you are not aware of why it is taking place. Let’s take a brief look at some of the basic questions surrounding a fast heart rate, as well as when to take further action. What Is Considered A “Fast […]

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Heart Palpitations: Causes, Symptoms, When to Seek Help

By: Dr. David M. Gilligan A heart palpitation is the awareness of your heart beating in your chest. When you can feel or hear your heart racing or pounding, you are experiencing a heart palpitation.  Sometimes it feels like your heart skipped a beat or you feel an extra beat.  Although most people feel this sensation […]

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Specific Risk Factors for Women and Heart Disease

By: Dr. Carolyn A. Burns The term heart disease is a broad term that may refer to a number of different ailments, including issues with the heart’s electrical system, valve system, or its pumping ability. Generally speaking, however, “heart disease” is most often referring to coronary artery disease (CAD). In cases of coronary artery disease, there […]

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Radial Cardiac Catheterization: Differences and Benefits

By: Dr. Ashwani Kumar A cardiac catheterization is a medical procedure used to diagnose and treat certain heart conditions (for example, blockages). During a cardiac catheterization, a catheter is put into a blood vessel so that a doctor may perform diagnostic tests and treatments on your heart. The difference between a standard catheterization (femoral) and a radial […]

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Reasons for Chest Tightness and What You Can Do About It

By: Dr. William L. Coble, Jr. The words chest pain and chest tightness are often used synonymously, but it’s the former that represents more of a catch-all terminology. Chest tightness is generally associated with a heaviness or achy feeling, while a “pins and needles” sensation is usually more indicative of musculoskeletal issues. Let’s take a closer […]

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How to Be a Prepared Virginia Cardiovascular Patient

Being a prepared patient will help your doctor diagnose and treat you more accurately; and it will help you get the most out of your visit as well. Before scheduling an appointment make sure you understand how your insurance works and what it pays for, including what your deductible and co-pay are.  You should also […]

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Sports Cardiology – Who Should Get a Cardiac Screening?

By: Dr. Timothy W. Hagemann Why You Need a Cardiac Screening Whether you’re a professional athlete or playing at a much less competitive level – say in a recreational or weekend league, you may benefit from seeing a Sports Cardiologist. You don’t have to be out-of-shape, obese or old to have heart problems. People of all […]

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Aortic Stenosis and TAVR: Options for High Risk Patients

Aortic stenosis is a cardiac condition where the aortic valve of the heart narrows and calcifies, preventing it from fully opening. This obstructs blood flow from the heart to other parts of the body and makes the heart work much harder. The condition occurs most often in elderly individuals – up to 10% of those […]

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How to Determine Your High Cholesterol Health Risk

A common misperception is that “cholesterol” is a bad thing. True, cholesterol has received a lot of bad press over the years, but the fact is, our body needs cholesterol to function. Your liver is constantly making cholesterol to ensure you have enough and cholesterol is an important building block for our brains, nervous system […]

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Causes of Heart Block & Treatment Options

By: Dr. Bradford J. Matthews Heart block is an abnormal heart rhythm where the heart beats too slowly, a condition called bradycardia. It is caused by a blockage that disrupts the communication between the upper and lower chambers of the heart. Heart block can be acquired, meaning it is the result of damage to the heart, […]

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High Cholesterol Causes and Lifestyle Modifications

By: Dr. Reza K. Omarzai When it comes to understanding your cholesterol levels, it is important to make sense of the numbers themselves, what risks they pose, and how to control your cholesterol levels through lifestyle modifications.   What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fatty, wax-like substance that is found in cells throughout the body.  […]

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High Cholesterol Therapy Options: Statins

By: Dr. Reza K. Omarzai While smoking, obesity, lack of activity and other controllable issues can contribute to high cholesterol; there are factors that can contribute to elevated LDL levels that are not due to a person’s daily habits. Situations like these may include: Someone with familial lipid abnormalities will have high cholesterol because of their […]

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Ideal Protein: A Scientific, Healthy Way To Lose Weight

Many popular diet plans include foods that contain toxins like aspartame, MSG, and GMOs. And as we already know, an unhealthy program will only lead to unhealthy weight loss. Ideal Protein, a doctor derived weight loss protocol that transforms the body’s ability to metabolize sugar, is now offered through Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists. The Science Behind […]

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Echocardiogram vs. Stress Echo: Discerning The Differences

By: Dr. Michael J. Bunda Cardiologists often order diagnostic tests to better understand the interworking of your heart. Understanding why the test was ordered along with proper test preparation are important to eliminate potential cancellation or rescheduling for patients. Two tests that are often misunderstood are the Echocardiogram (or echo) and the Stress Echocardiogram (commonly called […]

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What is Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)?

By: Dr. Darryn L. Appleton Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a blood vessel disease that impacts the blood flow outside of the brain or heart. We usually use this term to talk about diseases affecting the arterial circulation, which are the vessels that carry oxygen rich blood from the heart to the tissues of the body. […]

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What is an Echocardiogram and Why Do I Need One?

By: Dr. Aalya H. Crowl An echocardiogram allows your physician to assess the structure and function of the heart and can assist with diagnosing cardiac disease and monitoring disease progression.  An echocardiogram is a detailed examination of the heart that takes a short time to perform and can be done in an outpatient setting. Let’s take […]

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Vascular Testing FAQ’s

Vascular disease affects your blood vessels, which include your arteries and veins that pump blood throughout your body. Vascular testing is ordered to get a closer look at your circulatory system and evaluate if you might have vascular disease. Vascular testing is a broad term used to describe the non-invasive inspection of any blood vessel […]

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Why Use Nuclear Medicine to Diagnose Cardiac Disease?

By: Dr. S. Craig Vranian Are you experiencing symptoms that may indicate heart disease? If so your primary care physician will typically refer you to a cardiologist.  There are many tests that cardiologists can employ to diagnose heart-related problems.  A nuclear medicine test is one of the most commonly performed non-invasive diagnostic heart tests.  It is […]

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Proper PAD Treatment Options

By: Dr. Ashwani Kumar Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, occurs when a buildup, known as plaque, forms on the walls of your arteries. Plaque is typically formed by fat deposits or cholesterol, but it can also be created by calcium or fibrous tissue found in your blood. The buildup of plaque, called atherosclerosis, can cause your […]

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What Is An EKG Cardiovascular Test Looking For?

By: Dr. Sameer Rohatgi If you’re experiencing dizziness, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, or palpitations your doctor may suggest that you have an electrocardiogram. This cardiovascular test, abbreviated as EKG or ECG, is a non-invasive test typically performed in your doctor’s office and measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat. How Is an Electrocardiogram Conducted? No special […]

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Why Your Ideal Protein Diet Requires A Health Coach

In the past several years there has been a lot of discussion around different high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets. Not all of these regimens are the same and some are not necessarily healthy. The doctor-derived Ideal Protein eating plan ensures that anyone following the protocol eats healthy proteins in the right amount. Eating protein at proper, targeted times reduces glycogen reserves […]

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The CT Heart Scan – Assessing Cardiovascular Risk

By: Dr. Shelton W. Thomas Many people are familiar with their family’s medical history and risk factors for certain diseases. But what you might not know is exactly how at-risk you are and how proactive you need to be in order to avoid complications from those diseases. For the millions of Americans who are at risk […]

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Want Better Nuclear Stress Test Results? Here’s 4 Heart Health Tips

For anyone dealing with chest pain or shortness of breath, your primary care doctor or cardiologist may recommend a nuclear stress test.  Typically nuclear stress tests are performed at your cardiologist’s office and are an excellent diagnostic tool to show areas of low blood flow to the heart.In the article below we discuss what a […]

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4 Ways Your Diet Could Hurt Your Heart Health

Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body, and when it comes to heart health, diet matters. An unhealthy diet can contribute to not only heart disease but other health issues outside the heart. We can’t change our genetics – family history is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease that we […]

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Cardiac Risk Factors for Men

By: Dr. Michael B. Erwin Cardiovascular disease is a general term encompassing many conditions- aortic disease, peripheral vascular disease, cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, angina, and heart failure. An understanding of your personal cardiac risk factors is a good starting point in controlling your cardiac health.  Heart Disease is the number one killer of both men […]

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