What's New at Tri-City Cardiology

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State-of-the-Art Mitral Valve Repair 

The human heart is an amazing organ that has four valves that regulate the flow of blood between the four chambers. The main purpose of the heart is to pump arterial (oxygenated) blood to all of your vital organs and transport venous (deoxygenated) blood to your lungs to be re-oxygenated to repeat the cycle. The Mitral Valve allows blood flow from

Welcome, Travis Smith Wahl, PA-C!

We are happy to announce that we have added a new certified physician assistant to our team. Help us welcome Travis Smith Wahl, PA-C to the Tri-City Cardiology team! You can read more about Travis Smith Wahl, PA-C below. Travis Smith Wahl, PA-C Certified Physician Assistant Prior to joining Tri-City Cardiology Consultants, Travis worked in

How Do I Lower My Heart Rate?

A rapid pulse rate happens occasionally. When it happens, there are ways you can calm your racing heart. Your heart rate measures not only your cardiac fitness but your overall well-being, too. A regular resting heart rate between 60 to 100 beats per minute (bpm) means your heart is functioning as it should. Yet each

Marijuana vs Cigarettes: Which is More Dangerous for your Heart?

Is cannabis just as bad for your heart as tobacco? Recent studies suggest it might be. As more states legalize marijuana for recreational use, many may think lighting up cannabis is better for their heart health than smoking a cigarette. But is that true? Several studies have begun to investigate cannabis’s long-term effect on the

Questions to Ask Your Doctor After a Heart Attack

Knowing what to ask your cardiologist after your heart attack will help you overcome the traumatic experience and live a healthy life. Every year, 805,000 people in the U.S. suffer a heart attack. If you’ve had a heart attack, you understand what a traumatic, life-changing event it is, but you’re not alone!  Upon recovering, it’s natural to

Everything You Need to Know About a Leaky Heart Valve

A leaky heart valve may sound scary. But with close monitoring and treatment, you can live a normal life.  Your heart has four chambers that help circulate blood throughout your body. Keeping the blood flowing in the right direction are valves (also called leaflets or cusps), which shut tightly and prevent blood from backflowing. However, these valves


Do You Know These Warning Signs of Heart Failure?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 6.2 million adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with heart failure. Also known as congestive heart failure, the condition is characterized by a weakened heart muscle no longer able to pump blood to the rest of the body.  Heart failure can be chronic and progress over time,


Marfan Syndrome and Your Heart

Marfan Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder affecting about one in 5,000 people in the U.S. People born with this inherited condition have a mutation in the FBN1 gene that makes fibrillin, the substance that gives the strength and elasticity of our connective tissue. In short, without this gene, the connective tissues holding together our bones, tendons, cartilage, teeth,


Five Myths About Inherited Cardiac Diseases

Cardiovascular diseases make up several of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States — with heart disease at the number one spot. But heart disease isn’t the only threat to your cardiovascular system. There are many types of cardiovascular diseases, each with its own risk factors.  The term “cardiac disease” refers


I Wake Up With My Heart Racing – Should I Be Worried?

If you wake up with your heart racing, you’re probably wondering why it’s happening and whether or not to be worried. Oftentimes, someone who wakes up with a racing heart is fine. But a racing heart can also indicate other health problems, especially for those with certain pre-existing medical issues. Let’s explore this topic a