Is Chest pain a symptom of Heart Disease?

Is Chest pain a symptom of Heart Disease? The first thing that most people think when they have chest pain is that it is heart-related or even that they could be having a heart attack. While chest pain definitely should not be ignored, it can mean a number of things. In fact, as much as 25% of Americans have chest pain that has nothing to do with their heart. But is chest pain a symptom of heart disease? Read on to find out. What causes chest pain? There is no single cause of chest pain. In some cases, restricted blood flow through the blood vessels of the heart can cause…

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What is a Cardiac PET Scan?

What is a Cardiac PET Scan? The cardiac PET scan, known medically as cardiac positron emission tomography is a noninvasive scan of your heart, using nuclear imaging. Radioactive tracers are used to produce images or pictures of your heart. These tracers mix in with your blood, which then flows through the heart and is able to be picked up with imaging technology. Different degrees of brightness and colors on the PET scan reveal different levels of heart tissue function. Why You Might Need a Cardiac PET Your doctor may recommend you have a heat PET, in order to diagnose heart disease or a result of being diagnosed with abnormal heart…

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All About High Cholesterol

All About High Cholesterol High cholesterol is a common condition that affects more than one-third of all adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means about 71 million Americans are at increased risk for health problems associated with high cholesterol. Fortunately, treatment for high cholesterol and treatment for the heart problems it causes reduces the risk of these health problems. Cholesterol is a waxy fat-like substance that the human body uses in small quantities to make bile, insulate nerve cells, and make vitamin D. Cholesterol strengthens cell walls. In fact, the human body needs cholesterol to make cells, according to the…

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When to See a Vein Specialist

Many people believe that the main reason to see a physician about a vein problem is a cosmetic one.  In fact, vascular issues can lead to significant complications requiring treatment by a vein specialist.  Being aware of both the signs of and the risk factors for vein disease helps patients seek and receive early treatment.  This can help prevent serious problems. Symptoms of Vein Disease The Office of Women’s Health (OWH) reports that as many as 55 percent of U.S. women and 45 percent of men have some type of vein issue.  Varicose veins affect one of every two people who are at least 50 years old. These abnormal vessels…

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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…

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All About Cardiac Ultrasound

All About Cardiac Ultrasound When a physician notes signs of a heart problem, the recommendation is likely to be undergoing a cardiac ultrasound. This procedure also called an echocardiogram, lets physicians see the heart while it is beating and as it pumps blood. The detailed images it creates allow doctors to identify or rule out heart disease. What is a Cardiac Ultrasound? An echocardiogram is a very common test. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute explains that it utilizes sound waves to generate moving pictures of the heart that depict its size and shape. They also reveal how well its valves and chambers function and identify parts of heart…

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What is an Interventional Cardiologist?

What is an Interventional Cardiologist? Heart disease, which can result in clogged or blocked arteries, is often thought of as a silent killer. It has earned this name because patients rarely experience symptoms associated with heart disease. Symptoms only start to show when a patient’s disease has progressed to a point that a major medical event, such as a heart attack or stroke, occurs. If your general practitioner believes you may have blocked arteries as a result of heart disease, he or she may refer you to an interventional cardiologist. What is Interventional Cardiology? Cardiology is a general term that is used to describe a specific branch of medicine that…

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Diabetes and Heart Disease

Diabetes and Heart Disease Individuals who are diagnosed with diabetes become focused on controlling their blood-sugar levels. One important health concern for someone diagnosed with diabetes is the correlation between being diabetic and developing cardiovascular disease. Medical cardiology helps diabetic patients understand and manage the risk factors they face for heart-related issues. What is Diabetic Heart Disease (DHD)? The American Heart Association reports that among diabetics who have reached 65, at least 68 percent die due to some type of heart-related disease. Adult diabetics are between 200 and 400 percent more likely than those who are not diabetic to die because of a heart-related disease. According to the National Heart,…

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What is an Echocardiogram?

What is an Echocardiogram? One of the important diagnostic tests upon which cardiologists rely on is an echocardiogram, commonly referred to as an “echo” exam. This painless test utilizes ultrasound to create moving images of the heart. Doctors typically suggest the procedure if they suspect a patient has a heart problem. What is Echocardiography? An “echo” allows a physician to watch a patient’s heartbeat and pump blood. Sound waves produce moving images that allow cardiologists to identify various types of heart issues. Cardiologists typically recommend the test when they suspect a problem with a patient’s heart chambers or valves of when cardiac issues are causing symptoms such as chest pain…

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Learn About Stroke Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Learn About Stroke Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment When it comes to strokes, getting treatment quickly could be the difference between a full recovery and suffering from severe, life-altering problems. Understanding stroke causes and symptoms can help you know when you or a loved one may be experiencing this medical emergency. A Closer Look at Stroke Causes There are three different types of strokes. The cause of a stroke varies depending on the type. The three types of strokes are an ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, and transient ischemic attack or a TIA. The exact causes of the strokes are as follows: Ischemic Stroke – caused by a blockage or a…

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