Do You Have Any Risk Factors for an Irregular Heartbeat?

An individual might not attach much importance to an irregular heartbeat, also called an arrhythmia, the first time it occurs.  However, recurring arrhythmias are sometimes frightening.  Knowing the risk factors for developing them can spur many individuals to receive an evaluation and treatment from a cardiologist. Overview of Arrhythmia More than 850,000 U.S. patients become hospitalized for arrhythmia every year, MedicineNet reports.  Although irregular heartbeats are different from abnormal heart rates, the conditions sometimes occur simultaneously. Arrhythmia is a disorder in which electrical impulses that control heartbeats fail to work correctly.  This causes a heart to beat irregularly, too slow, or too fast. There are at least a dozen types…

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How to Prevent Varicose Veins

At Tri-City Cardiology, our team of board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners help people of all ages prevent, treat, and manage cardiovascular-related conditions of all types. One of the most common conditions we get questions about are varicose veins, which is a type of venous disease. While varicose veins typically pose more of a cosmetic issue than a health issue, they can be problematic in severe cases. What Are Varicose Veins? A vein is one of the 3 main types of blood vessels (the other types being arteries and capillaries). In general, veins carry blood back to the heart where it can be oxygenated. Veins contain one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing in the…

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Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

If you notice that you feel out of breath, extremely tired and under the weather, these may be symptoms of a heart attack (aka myocardial infarction). Myocardial infarctions remain the main cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. What Causes a Heart Attack? A myocardial infarction typically occurs when a blood clot forms and blocks the blood flow to the heart. The inability of the blood to reach the heart leads to tissue death: The tissues die because they have been deprived of oxygen. When an individual experiences a myocardial infarction, it is considered a medical emergency and, according to the American Heart Association, every second…

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The Role of Exercise in the Management of Heart Disease

Heart disease is an extremely common illness affecting millions of people around the world. According to the American Heart Association, it’s the leading cause of death in the United States, and affects 1 person every 43 seconds. Despite the fact that this condition is so widespread, however, there is hope: many of the factors contributing to heart disease are lifestyle-related. This means that if you’re affected by this condition, there are plenty of ways you can manage your disease by making healthier lifestyle choices. Perhaps one of the most important things you can do to help manage your disease is to get regular exercise. At Tri-City Cardiology, our board-certified physicians encourage all our patients to stay active. We offer patient education, diagnostic…

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What You Need to Know Heart Disease Among Women

Over the past decade, a major campaign has focused on raising awareness of heart disease in women. However, many women fail to recognize the disease’s symptoms. Rather than hoping for the best, women need to understand their risk and these shocking facts about it. 1. Heart Disease Is the Leading Cause of Death Among Women. Most people associate heart disease with men. However, it was the major factor in the deaths of 25 percent of women in 2013, the most recent year statistics are available, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Furthermore, only 54 percent of women are aware of this fact. 2. Most Women Who Die…

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What is the Transradial Cardiac Catheterization?

Interventional cardiologists have used catheterization to diagnose and treat heart conditions for decades.  The traditional procedure involves inserting a catheter into a patient’s femoral artery in the thigh.  A newer approach called transradial cardiac catheterization uses an artery in the wrist and can provide a quicker recovery. Why Cardiologists Use Transradial Cardiac Catheterization Many situations can create a need for this procedure, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.  It is helpful for individuals experiencing chest pain.  The procedure will tell a cardiologist whether the patient has blocked arteries resulting from coronary artery disease and is useful for creating a treatment plan. Catheterization might be necessary for a known coronary artery blockage…

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All About the Anticoagulation Clinic

Anticoagulation is the use of medications to help prevent blood clots from developing in people who have various medical conditions. These medications must be carefully managed to prevent complications and keep the blood levels of the medications within the desired range. The TriCity Cardiology anticoagulation clinic provides that service. What is Anticoagulation? A number of medical conditions increase the risk of serious complications from blood clots that form in one place in the body, break loose and travel to somewhere else like the brain or lungs. These clots can be life-threatening, so patients are commonly prescribed medications called anticoagulants. They are sometimes called blood thinners, although that is an inaccurate description…

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How Cardiologists Diagnose and Treat an Irregular Heartbeat

Once an individual becomes aware of it, an irregular heartbeat can be a major cause for concern.  Learning about this disorder, also called an arrhythmia, helps reduce stress and makes it easier for patients to navigate the treatment options cardiologists offer. What Exactly is Arrhythmia? It is a disorder that reflects an issue with a heartbeat’s rhythm or rate.  The beat might be irregular, too rapid, or too slow, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.  When the heart beats too fast, the condition is tachycardia.  Cardiologists refer to a too-slow beat as bradycardia. A heart’s internal electrical system governs the rate and the rhythm of beats.  Any…

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Understanding Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Abdominal aortic aneurysms are potentially life-threatening disorders.  When cardiologists see patients with the symptoms of this condition, they order ultrasound scans to confirm a diagnosis.  The appropriate treatment for each patient depends on several factors.  What Are Aortic Aneurysms? In 2014, more than 9,800 U.S. residents died because of an aortic aneurysm, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This disorder is a bulge that resembles a balloon.  It forms in the aorta, the artery responsible for transporting blood through both the chest and the torso.  A patient with an aortic aneurysm might experience life-threatening blood leakage between split layers of the vessel’s wall.  A rupture occurs when…

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Everything You Need to Know about Atrial Fibrillation

  Everything You Need to Know about Atrial Fibrillation If your doctor recently told you that you have atrial fibrillation, you probably have many questions about the condition. Atrial fibrillation is a type of heart arrhythmia. A doctor might say you have an arrhythmia if your heart beats too quickly, too slowly, or in an irregular way. What Happens to Your Heart during Atrial Fibrillation Blood flows through four chambers of your heart: the left and right atrium chambers at the top and the left and right ventricle chambers at the bottom of your heart. Blood enters your heart through your right atrium, which pumps it to your right ventricle…

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