How is Heart Failure Treated?

For a patient with heart failure, time is of the essence. Early diagnosis and treatment is crucial in terms of helping you live a full and active life. Specific treatments for this heart-related condition are dependent on the severity and type of the condition you have. Treatment for Heart Failure There are several ways to treat heart failure depending on the severity of your condition, and more than one way might be needed. Lifestyle Changes If you’ve suffered from heart failure, your doctor may recommend the following: Eating healthily Losing weight Exercising regularly Quitting smoking Medicines Depending on the type of heart failure you’ve suffered, the severity and your response…

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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…

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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…

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Vein Disease: The Basics

If you’re like most people, you probably give little thought to your veins. Develop vein disease, however, and your veins may come front and center into your consciousness. Here’s what you should know about vein disease, courtesy of , in Mesa, Arizona. Veins Have Valves When your heart beats, blood travels through the arteries. In the veins, however, leg movement is what helps the blood get back to the heart. Inside each vein are tiny flaps of skin called valves. These valves close when the heart is not contracting, which prevents blood from pooling in the veins. Vein disease often results when the veins don’t work properly. Vein Disease: Valve…

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All About Spider Vein Treatment

Spider veins are a form of vein disease that don’t usually go away on their own. Although optional, spider vein treatment can be very effective in making these tiny varicose veins disappear. Several different options are available. Here’s some information about spider vein treatment from TriCity Cardiology. Circulation Basics Each time the heart beats, it forces blood through the circulatory system. Initially, the blood travels through arteries, which become smaller and smaller as they get farther from the heart. Eventually, the blood travels through tiny capillaries no wider than the diameter of a blood cell. These capillaries then begin to take blood back from the tissues through veins for the…

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Risk Factors for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are one of the most common vascular problems in the US. According to a study published in Circulation, around 22 million women and 11 million men suffer from the condition. A number of factors can increase your risk for developing varicose veins. Some of those factors are things you can control, others are not. Common Varicose Veins Risk Factors Age and Gender More women than men have vein problems and gender does play a role in determining your risk for varicose or spider veins. One of the factors increases women’s risk for developing the veins is changes in hormone levels throughout life. Fluctuating estrogen and progesterone levels cause changes to…

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What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

Bulging, discolored blood vessels sometimes affect more than self-confidence.  For many individuals, they result in considerable discomfort.  Understanding the causes and symptoms of varicose veins can help reduce the stress of patients considering treatment for these abnormal blood vessels. Varicose Vein Overview For most individuals, varicose veins are a cosmetic issue.  However, these gnarled blood vessels can also cause pain.  Around 60 percent of Americans suffer from them, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Varicose veins have a characteristic ropelike appearance.  They appear blue or purple beneath the skin.  While some physicians consider varicose and spider veins types of the same condition, others treat them as separate disorders. …

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Understanding a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a potential emergency.  It can result in a loose blood clot that eventually blocks blood flow, causing a pulmonary embolism.  Interventional cardiologists are physicians specially trained to treat this condition. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Overview The primary areas where deep vein thromboses develop are the thigh and the lower leg, according to MedlinePlus.  However, DVTs can arise in deep veins in other parts of the body, such as an arm or the pelvis. DVTs most frequently develop in individuals who are at least 60 years old.  Once a blood clot has broken free and begun moving through a patient’s bloodstream, it is known as…

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The Connection Between Varicose Veins and Pregnancy

Women are more likely than men to develop varicose veins. According to the Office on Women’s Health, up to 55 percent of women in the US experience some type of vein problem at some point in their lifetime, compared to up to 45 percent of men. Pregnancy can play a contributing role in the development of varicose veins. Understanding how varicose veins and pregnancy are related can help you learn what to do to minimize the veins or to treat them if needed. All About Varicose Veins and Pregnancy Why Pregnancy Increases the Risk for Varicose Veins Varicose veins are more likely to develop during pregnancy for two reasons. For…

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Tri-City Cardiology Honored as Top Referrer to Arizona Smoker’s Helpline

Tri-City Cardiology has been honored as the top referring medical practice to the Arizona Smoker’s Helpline (ASHLine) for the past few years by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.  Since receiving training in 2014, the five East Valley Tri-City Cardiology locations have referred over 560 patients to ASHLine for help to quit tobacco usage. Tri-City Cardiology utilized the data from the American College of Cardiology PINNACLE Data Registry on smoking cessation and intervention clinical quality measures to identify an opportunity for improvement in this quality metric.  They reached out to ASHLine to assist them in setting up a referral process to help their patients with smoking cessation.  This relationship…

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