Do I Need A Stress Test?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: November 14, 2019

We often have patients come in and say “I think I need a stress test”. We then ask why it is they feel they may need to have the test done. Often we find that patients have no symptoms that would indicate the need for a stress test. No chest pain or shortness of breath

The Importance of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screenings

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: October 21, 2019

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a potentially life-threatening condition that oftentimes remains completely undetected until it is too late. Though some patients will report abdominal, back, or flank pain leading up to an aneurysm rupturing, most will experience no symptoms at all, completely unaware that they even have an aortic aneurysm until the aneurysm itself

Should You Go For a Regular Cardiovascular Check Up?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: September 20, 2019

While not everyone needs to see a cardiologist on a regular basis if you have a pre-existing cardiovascular condition, have suffered a stroke or a heart attack, you may find your physician suggesting strongly that you maintain a check-up at regular intervals to ensure heart health. Regularly checking in on your heart can ward off

10 Reasons to Visit a Cardiologist Even if You Are Healthy

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: August 12, 2019

America has become accustomed to only visiting the doctor when they feel sick. When healthy, it gets put off or not even thought of in the first place. The problem with this would be the same as if you only took your car in when it broke down. Taking your vehicle in for scheduled maintenance

The Tilt Table Test – What Is It?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: June 21, 2019

Has your doctor suggested you should take the tilt table test? If so, his suggestion was very likely met with a rather blank stare. Tilt table tests, though widely used, are not very well known amongst the general public. What is a Tilt Table Test and Why Would You Be Suggested to Take One? This

A Holter Monitor – What is it and How Can it Help You?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: May 14, 2019

While clinical use of cardiac monitors began in the late 1960’s they were based on the original concept by physicist Norman J. Holter back in 1949. These telemetric cardiac monitoring devices at first were pretty large, not portable at all, and patients has to remain in the hospital if monitoring was needed. Some were worn

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) – A Deadly Silent Killer

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: January 7, 2019

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk for acutely ill medical patients is highest in the first 30 days, starting with hospital admission. VTE is a blood clot that starts in the vein. There are two classifications. 1. DVT – Deep Vein Thrombosis and 2. PE – Pulmonary embolism. VTE is known as a silent killer because the

Does Your Doctor Want You to Wear a Holter Monitor?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: December 1, 2018

For the heart being such a small organ, it is vital for life and health that it be in good shape. Unfortunately sometimes our hearts get worn out, tired, and even diseased. At that point, you may begin to feel run down and even be able to detect that your heart just doesn’t “feel quite

Implantable Cardiac Monitoring Devices are Now a Reality

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: September 6, 2018

Up until now if you experienced any condition that warranted the need for a heart monitor to be worn so that your doctor could track your heart rhythm and rate you were subjected to lots of wires and attached boxes that had to be carted around. Thanks to the advent of these new ICM’s (Implantable

Chemical Stress Test (When a treadmill stress test is too much)

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: December 11, 2015

While treadmill stress tests are the industry standard because of the effect on blood pressure and heart rate, giving the clinicians a window into the persons exercise tolerance, not all patients are candidates. With a physical treadmill stress test there are no side effects to contend with. Physical limitations like back or joint issues, arthritis,