About 5.7 million Americans have heart failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This number has been on the increase for years, because the average age of Americans is increasing, and the condition is more common in older adults. Another reason for the higher number is that,
At some point in life, you may have experienced dizziness while standing up. Dizziness includes three subtly different symptoms:
Lightheadedness, where your head feels light, as if you may feel faint
Vertigo, where you feel that the room or world is spinning
Unsteadiness, where you feel like you are unstable
Many of my patients ask me how they can protect themselves against heart disease and whether they should see cardiac specialists.
First, knowing if you have risk factors for heart disease is essential. You are considered at high risk for heart disease if your have three or more of these risk
You may hear the term “cardiovascular disease” used interchangeably with “heart disease” or any of several other terms to describe problems with your heart or blood vessels. But what is cardiovascular disease (CVD) exactly, and why does it seem to be applied so broadly to conditions related to circulation?
You may have heard the term scleroderma but what does it mean? The first half of the word has roots in the Greek word “skleros,” or “hard.” The second half of the word, “-derma,” means “skin.” According to the American College of Rheumatology, “Scleroderma (or systemic sclerosis) is an autoimmune
You may jog up a flight of steps or take an extra lap in the pool and find yourself a little winded when you stop. Shortness of breath following those moments of exertion is normal for most people. But what causes shortness of breath when you’re doing something you used
You know how important it is to understand your doctor’s explanations of medical conditions, test results, and other information about your health—but when it comes to heart health, the terminology can leave you scratching your head. A cardiologist’s vocabulary is filled with acronyms such as CABG, STEMI, CAD, EKG, and
In patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), the type of chest pain known as angina is a sign that blood flow to the heart muscle is being compromised. When a coronary artery becomes 70 percent blocked, angina predictably occurs with exertion and resolves with rest. This is called stable angina.
Angina is chest pain that is not in itself an illness, but rather a symptom of a potentially serious condition. The most common form is “angina pectoris,” which is chest pain that occurs when your heart doesn’t get the nutrients it needs to function properly. The American Heart Association (AHA) describes
If your doctor suspects you have heart disease, you may be advised to undergo cardiac tests to diagnose your condition. These tests range from simple, non-invasive screenings to more involved procedures that may include the use of high-tech imaging equipment.
“Typically, these tests are ordered in response to symptoms such as