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…

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…

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…

When You Develop Vein Disease

Vein disease – doctors call it venous disease – probably isn’t a subject that receives top-of-the-mind awareness from most people. Once you actually develop the condition, however, information is useful. Here are the basics about vein disease from TriCity Cardiology. Anatomy of a Vein Anatomy plays a major part in vein disease. That’s because –…

Diagnostic Testing for Heart Disease

The diagnostic testing methods that your doctor uses to test for cardiovascular disease is based on several factors including: Your risk factors Your medical history Your family medical history Your result from procedures and tests A physical exam Types of Diagnotic Testing There is no single definitive test for coronary heart disease. If your doctor…

How is Atrial Fibrillation Treated?

The treatment you receive for atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) is generally dependent on how long you’ve had the condition and how severe it is. Doctors also need to take into account the underlying cause of your atrial fibrillation and how bothersome your symptoms are. Treatment Goals for AFib There are three main goals in…

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…

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…

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…