Understanding Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral vascular disease refers to narrowed arteries in the leg due to a build-up of fatty deposits. A potentially serious condition, PVD can be successfully treated with lifestyle changes. Peripheral vascular disease (PVD), also known as peripheral artery disease, refers to a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries outside of the heart or brain. According to the CDC, the condition affects about 8.5 million people in the U.S., between 12 and 20 percent of whom are over the age of 60.  Most often, PVD appears in the legs, where a narrowing of the arteries restricts blood flow to the limbs. As a result, patients with PVD feel pain in…

How Do You Choose a Cardiologist?

Choosing a cardiologist isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. Here’s what to consider if you believe you need to see a heart health specialist. Whether you have a serious heart condition or are just looking to visit a cardiologist as a precautionary measure, it’s important that you find a cardiologist that’s a good fit for you. It can be nerve-wracking to talk about your heart health, and you want to know you’re in good hands. If you’re thinking about seeking out a heart care specialist, you’re already on the right track to taking good care of your cardiac health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 25…

What is pre stroke?

What is pre stroke? Nearly 800,000 people suffer strokes in the U.S. each year, according to the Internet Stroke Center, and almost 700,000 of those are first-time strokes. In fact, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, and unintentional injuries. Knowing the very early symptoms of stroke – sometimes called “pre-stroke” symptoms – is extremely important in preventing a stroke and the often-devastating problems a stroke can cause. Early Symptoms of a Stroke While most people know the most common signs of heart attacks – chest pain, arm or jaw pain, weakness, sudden fatigue, and nausea – many people…

Abnormal Heart Rhythms

Abnormal Heart Rhythms Having an abnormal heart rhythm means that your heartbeat is irregular. The condition is known as arrhythmia. It doesn’t necessarily indicate that your heart is beating abnormally fast or slow; it means that it’s beating out of its normal rhythm. If you’ve ever felt your heart fluttering or skipping a beat, then you like experienced an abnormal heart rhythm. That said, some heart arrhythmias are silent. While arrhythmias can be harmless, they can be a medical emergency. If you are experiencing something unusual with your heartbeat, it is better to be safe and sorry and call 911. Causes of an Abnormal Heart Rhythm Several reasons could be…

When Do I Need to See a Medical Cardiology Professional?

Heart disease is all too common in the United States. In fact, according to the CDC, this condition is the leading cause of death for both men and women, killing more than 600,000 Americans each year. Visiting a medical cardiology professional can help you determine and manage your risks so that you can reduce the chances of serious complications. About Medical Cardiology Medical cardiology is a field of medicine that focuses on the management of cardiovascular risk, as well as specific cardiac conditions, such as heart failure. Cardiac specialists working in this field use various therapeutic techniques, testing and health management options designed to ensure that patients are preventing and/or…

Why Interventional Cardiology is Important to Cardiac Patients

One of the greatest concerns of heart disease patients is whether they will need to undergo difficult surgeries.  Thanks to a specialized field of medicine known as interventional cardiology, their treatment is often minimally invasive. Heart Disease Specifics Heart disease is at the top of the U.S. list for both male and female causes of death.  More than 600,000 Americans die of it every year, representing 25 percent of all deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Heart disease includes coronary and valvular disease.  Coronary heart disease is the most common kind of heart disease and claims the lives of more than 370,000 patients each year.  In addition,…

Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease

Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease Sleep apnea affects one in five adults, impacting more men than women. Sleep apnea is a condition in which the person may experience pauses in breathing five to 30 times per hour or more during sleep, and can lead to cardiovascular problems. What Is Sleep Apnea? Disruptions to your breathing during sleep can have profound negative consequences. Sleep apnea causes you to obtain fragmented sleep, as your body moves toward wakefulness with each breathing episode. Additionally, people with sleep apnea do not move through the important stages of deep sleep, which may lead to excessive daytime sleepiness. The Relationship between Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease…

Are You at Risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease?

Are You at Risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease? Many individuals who have peripheral arterial disease (PAD) are unaware that they have it. Understanding the risk factors for developing this disorder can help them get a timely diagnosis. Although serious complications can result from this condition, treatment options are available. Overview of PAD Patients with PAD have a greater risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack, or stroke than the rest of the population. PAD develops when the arteries become clogged with plaque and limit blood flow to the legs. Many individuals with PAD experience either no symptoms or mild signs of the disorder. The most common symptoms include: Painful cramps…

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Varicose Veins

Humans have been dealing with varicose veins for thousands of years. Even the ancient Greeks used compression bandages as a varicose vein treatment. In the world of cell phones and computers, that’s still an acceptable management strategy, but doctors also have more modern techniques. Here’s what you should know about varicose veins, courtesy of in Mesa, Arizona. What Are Varicose Veins? With each heartbeat, blood flows through the blood vessels in the body. Arteries take blood out to the tissues, through vascular beds of tiny blood vessels called capillaries, then veins return the blood to the heart for another circuit. Unlike arteries – which are smooth – veins have tiny…

How Cardiologists Treat Heart Failure

Despite advances in treating heart disease, the number of U.S. deaths from heart failure is increasing.  Understanding the treatment options is important for patients newly diagnosed with this cardiac problem. Overview of Heart Failure According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 5.7 million American adults suffer from this condition.  Within five years after receiving their diagnosis, around 50 percent of them die. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that the rate of deaths linked to heart failures dropped from the 2000 rate of 103.1 per 100,000 to 89.5 nine years later.  However, in 2014, it rose to 96.9. In patients with this condition, the heart…