Smoking is Killing Your Heart

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: June 3, 2016

We all know that smoking is not healthy. Even the tobacco companies post warnings on their cigarette packaging. But, do you know how it hurts your heart and the risks that you take every time that you light a cigarette?   Cigarettes contain an addictive substance called nicotine. In addition, they also contain many other

5 Jobs That Increase Varicose Vein Risk

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: April 27, 2016

Did you know that there are occupations that can put you at risk for acquiring varicose veins? The type of activity performed at a job can contribute to venous insufficiency. The majority of these jobs are due to standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time. Unfortunately, some of these jobs can’t change the environment,

Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: April 15, 2016

Heart healthy individuals don’t smoke, exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables and maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI). Body mass index is the measure of the body fat that you have based on your height and weight. It can inform you if you are underweight, normal weight, overweight or

Signs That You Are Having a Stroke

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: February 24, 2016

Strokes occur when the blood being supplied to your brain is reduced or stopped for a moment, which can cause brain cells to die from lack of oxygen. This can happen due to a clot or a rupture a blood vessel, preventing blood flow to the brain. It is the number 5 leading cause of

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

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

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

Is Your Sweet Tooth Hurting You?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: June 13, 2015

In recent years, sugar has often been compared to cigarettes, likely because both target the same pleasure center in the brain, both are highly addictive, and both are highly hazardous to your health. Much like cigarettes, not much was known about the dangers of sugar until years after it had become a common occurrence and

What You Can Expect During an Echocardiogram

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: June 3, 2015

An echocardiogram is a diagnostic test, that through the use of sound waves, produces images of your heart beating and pumping blood. Echocardiograms are recommended by doctors in a variety of instances, but generally when your doctor suspects problems with your valves or the overall pumping action in your heart. Echocardiograms are also often used

Recognizing and Treating an Electrolyte Imbalance

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: May 29, 2015

What are electrolytes? Electrolytes are minerals found in the body that are essential to proper muscle, nerve, and brain function. These minerals must be kept well balanced, as too little or too much of any one mineral can detrimentally impact some of the body’s most vital systems. While a certain amount of electrolytes can be