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Radial Cardiac Catheterization: Differences and Benefits

Published on June 14, 2019

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

Published on June 14, 2019

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

Published on June 14, 2019

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?

Published on June 14, 2019

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

Published on June 14, 2019

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

Published on June 14, 2019

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

Published on June 14, 2019

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

Published on June 14, 2019

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

Published on June 14, 2019

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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Echocardiogram vs. Stress Echo: Discerning The Differences

Published on June 14, 2019

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)?

Published on June 14, 2019

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?

Published on June 14, 2019

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

Published on June 14, 2019

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?

Published on June 14, 2019

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

Published on June 14, 2019

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?

Published on June 14, 2019

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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The CT Heart Scan – Assessing Cardiovascular Risk

Published on June 14, 2019

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

Published on June 14, 2019

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

Published on June 14, 2019

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

Published on June 14, 2019

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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Seven New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Heart

Published on June 14, 2019

By: Katie P. Baker People make New Year’s resolutions every year — to break a bad habit, to lose weight, to get organized, to save up for that big trip. Many resolutions revolve around better health. But what does “better health” mean, and what concrete steps can you take, especially when it comes to your heart […]

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When to See a Cardiologist for Chest Tightness

Published on June 14, 2019

By: Dr. Christopher S.Thomas The terms “chest pain” and “chest tightness” are often used interchangeably, but mean different things. Chest tightness usually means a heaviness or ache, while chest pain often takes on a more “pins and needles” feeling. It’s important to understand when to make an appointment with a cardiologist if you think you may […]

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Helpful Hints for Patients with Heart Failure

Published on June 14, 2019

By: Andrea (Andi) C. Funai A heart failure diagnosis can be difficult to live with. Controlling the risk factors and health conditions that lead to heart failure is often a struggle. But managing your heart failure diagnosis responsibly is vital to keeping your condition from getting worse. If you’ve been diagnosed with heart failure (or the […]

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Why Do I Have Chest Pains During Exercise?

Published on June 14, 2019

By: Dr. Christopher S.Thomas Whether you’ve just started a new exercise program, or are trying to reach new fitness goals, you may find yourself experiencing some degree of chest pains. These symptoms can be alarming and even frightening. In this article, we explain why these pains occur, some common symptoms, and what you can do to […]

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What To Do If Heart Disease Runs in Your Family

Published on June 14, 2019

When it comes to your heart health, knowing your family history can be every bit as important as a diagnosis from a cardiovascular specialist or your primary care physician. Having your family history on hand can help you know the risk factors and help you prevent coronary artery disease and heart disease. Knowing is the […]

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