Broken Heart Syndrome – Is it Real?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: November 13, 2017

Many of us have heard stories of couples who have been married for 40 or 50 years being so overwrought with grief upon their spouses’ death that they die soon after of a broken heart. This type of physical manifestation of emotion is what is known as broken heart syndrome. The question is, is it

The Lowdown on Coronary Artery Disease

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: September 5, 2017

An angina attack can feel like a heart attack – sharp, squeezing pain in the chest that diminishes when the heart returns to a normal, resting rate. While there’s usually no long-lasting damage from an angina episode, it’s often a clear sign of coronary artery disease (CAD) – the most common type of heart disease

May Thurner Syndrome

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: March 1, 2017

May Thurner Syndrome is known by several names – iliocaval compression syndrome, Cockett syndrome or iliac vein compression syndrome. This affliction is an anatomical variant where the right lilac artery compressed the left iliac vein against the fifth lumbar vertebra. It causes left side vein compression by the right iliac artery which causes deep vein

Reduce Swelling in Your Legs with These Tips

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: September 4, 2016

Swelling of the legs, technically called edema, can be very uncomfortable, even painful at times. This is especially true during the hot summer months here in Florida. Edema can be caused by many factors including lifestyle choices and vein disease in the legs. Obesity, smoking, certain medications, lack of physical exercise and some diseases can

Kidney Disease – Diet Tips for Prevention & Management

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: November 11, 2015

If you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic or difficult condition such as kidney disease, then you have likely been told by your physician about the importance of maintaining a healthy and somewhat specific diet. And, even if you haven’t yet developed such a condition or one similar, it is understandable that you would want to

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: November 5, 2015

Deep Vein Thrombosis is the medical term for a blood clot. This condition can occur when one or more blood clots form within the deep veins of the circulatory system (most commonly in the legs). It can result in swelling, tenderness and pain in the legs but often times presents no noticeable symptoms. DVT is

Aortic Stenosis – Getting to the heart of the matter

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: October 28, 2015

Aortic Stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic heart valve opening. The aorta is the main artery in the body and vital in delivering oxygen rich blood to the entire system. The narrowing is usually caused by age related calcification but can also be attributed to birth defects, radiation therapy or a bout with rheumatic

Coronary Angioplasty and Stenting

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: October 26, 2015

As we age arteries can become narrowed and hardened which can result in coronary artery disease. If you’ve had a heart attack or suffer from angina (chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to your heart) your Cardiologist may recommend medication therapy or, if that proves ineffective, that you have a coronary angioplasty (opening of

Treatment Options for an Atrial Septal Defect

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: September 22, 2015

An atrial septal defect is a heart defect in which the dividing wall between the upper chambers of the heart is defective, allowing blood to flow and mix freely between the two chambers. What makes this particularly dangerous is that the blood on the left side of the heart is oxygen-rich while the blood on

Are You at Risk for Stroke?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: July 23, 2015

You might already be aware that strokes are one of the deadliest killers in the world and are the third leading cause of death in the United States, as well as the leading cause of serious and long-term disability. You likely know or have encountered someone in your life who has had a stroke, and