Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects about 75 million adults in the U.S. and was the primary or contributing cause of death for 410,000 Americans in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But what are the causes and effects of … Read More
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 … Read More
When you feel your heart skip a beat or beat faster than normal, the sensations are called palpitations. They may be brief and harmless—the result of a vigorous workout. Or, heart palpitations symptoms could indicate an arrhythmia or another heart problem.
An arrhythmia is a condition in which … Read More
In addition to blood tests, chest X-ray, EKG, echocardiogram, PET scan, or MRI, your doctor may prescribe a nuclear stress test or a MUGA scan. These are all ways a cardiologist can evaluate heart failure.
Your cardiologist will begin by taking a thorough medical history, discussing your symptoms, and … Read More
An exercise stress test is a common screening used to help diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD) or a heart rhythm problem that is brought on by exertion---a time when the heart is working harder than it does at rest. A standard stress test uses an electrocardiogram (EKG) to measure changes … Read More
A busy executive. A truck driver. An accountant. A computer programmer. Four seemingly different occupations, yet they do have one thing in common: For the most part, they entail hours of sitting at a desk or behind the wheel of a vehicle. If you’re retiring after working the last 30 … Read More