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

Recognizing the Signs of a Heart Attack

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: September 22, 2015

Heart attacks continue to be the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States today. And while the survival rate for heart attacks is high, it is higher amongst those who are with others when their heart attack strikes and who are able to recognize the signs and get medical

Four Foods to Avoid if You Have Heart Disease

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: September 22, 2015

While it’s important for anyone of any age or lifestyle to maintain a healthy diet, it is even more important for heart disease patients to do so. Your heart health is heavily related to nearly everything that you put in your body, and a proper diet can do wonders for keeping heart disease at bay

What You Can Expect During a Tilt Table Test

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: August 21, 2015

If you have experienced fainting spells recently or have shown other potential symptoms of a cardiac arrhythmia, then there is a good possibility that your doctor may recommend performing a tilt table test. The test is most commonly used in patients who have experienced some form of syncope, or fainting spell, but can be recommended

When are Holter Monitors Used?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: July 13, 2015

There are times when a heart patient requires 24/7 monitoring of their condition for days, and up to weeks, at a time, while keeping them in a hospital for that whole time would be both extremely expensive and extremely impractical. For such instances, a device called a Holter monitor is often used, so named for

Coronary Angioplasty: Pros and Cons

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: June 23, 2015

What is coronary angioplasty and stenting? During an angioplasty, your doctor inflates a small balloon within your blocked blood vessel, improving your blood flow by widening the space that your blood has access to pass through. In some cases, a device called a stent, which is essentially a piece of wire mesh, is placed inside

Can Depression Lead to Heart Disease?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: May 29, 2015

If you’ve ever experienced depression first hand, then you know that it can, in some ways, feel like you have a broken heart. But while depression can certainly feel like a broken heart, can it, in fact, cause actual damage to your heart? Because recent research has shown both that heart disease can cause depression

When Does Chest Pain Require Medical Attention?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: April 21, 2015

Experiencing chest pain can be startling and terrifying, especially when your imagination gets the best of you and you immediately assume the worse. And while chest pain is a symptom of an oncoming heart attack, it can also be a symptom of many other conditions – some serious, and some not so serious. But how

The Correlation Between Diabetes and Heart Disease

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: February 23, 2015

While most people are aware that diabetes and heart disease are two extremely severe conditions, not everyone is probably aware of the connection between the two. Because around 65% of people with type 2 diabetes die from some form of heart disease or stroke and because adults with type 2 diabetes are up to four