Weight Management

Weighing too much or too little can be a problem. In the United States, weighing too much is the more common situation. It can be unhealthy to be underweight or overweight. Of growing concern, many Americans are becoming obese, which means very overweight. Weight can influence how you look and feel about yourself. Weighing too […]

Valvular Heart Disease – Heart Valve Disease

Introduction Heart valve disease occurs when the valves that control the direction of the blood flow through the heart do not open and close, as they should. This can cause the heart to work harder and enlarge. Eventually, heart valve disease can lead to heart failure and death. Fortunately, surgical heart valve replacement is highly […]

The Heart: How It Works

The heart is the core of the cardiovascular system. Your cardiovascular system consists of your heart and the blood vessels that carry blood throughout your body. Your heart is located to the left of the middle of your chest. Your heart is a large muscle is about the size of your fist. It works as […]

Syncope – Fainting

Introduction Syncope is the medical term for fainting. Syncope results from a drop in blood pressure or heart rate. It may occur because of certain triggers, such as dehydration, stress, or exhaustion. Recurrent syncope may be the sign of a heart condition. You should contact your doctor to determine the cause of your fainting and […]

Symptoms of Heart Disease, Heart Attack, and Stroke

Heart Disease Heart disease is termed “a silent threat” because many people do not experience symptoms until a heart attack or stroke occurs. Cardiovascular symptoms that require immediate emergency medical attention include chest pain, shortness of breath, pain or numbness in your arms or legs, confusion, loss of consciousness, and blurred vision. Heart Attack A […]

Stroke – CVA

Introduction A stroke or a “brain attack” is an emergency medical condition. It occurs when the blood supply to the brain is stopped or reduced for a period of time. Your brain controls the life sustaining functions of your body. It also controls the way you think, act, and feel. A lack of oxygen rich […]

Sleep Apnea

Introduction Sleep apnea is a common and under-diagnosed sleep disorder. It causes repeated episodes of stopped breathing (apneic episodes) and startling or gasping for air during sleep. People with sleep apnea frequently do not realize that they have it. The consequences of untreated sleep apnea can be severe or life threatening therefore early diagnosis and […]

Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins & Spider Veins

Introduction Sclerotherapy is a treatment for small varicose or spider veins. Sclerotherapy involves the tiny injections of a medication into affected veins. The solution used causes the veins to shrink and eventually dissolve. Sclerotherapy may improve the appearance of veins and reduce symptoms of vein malformation. Your veins carry deoxygenated blood back to your heart. […]

Peripheral Artery Disease – Poor Circulation

Introduction Peripheral artery disease (PAD), also referred to as arteriosclerosis of the extremities and peripheral vascular disease, is a condition that causes poor blood circulation to the kidneys, intestines, arms, legs, and feet. Blood flow may be reduced or blocked by narrowed or hardened blood vessels. This can lead to tissue and nerve injury or […]

Pericarditis – Inflammation of the Heart Sac

Introduction Pericarditis is an inflammation of the sac that surrounds the heart. When a cause can be found an infection, systemic disease, or autoimmune disorder most commonly causes it. Pericarditis can cause sharp stabbing chest pain and difficulty breathing. You should contact your doctor immediately if you suspect that you have pericarditis. It may be […]