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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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