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

Are You at Risk for Varicose Veins?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: August 21, 2015

Varicose veins are not an uncommon condition; it is estimated that over 40 million people in the United States currently suffer from varicose veins and that over 50% of the population over the age of fifty currently has them. This does not go to say that varicose veins are inevitable and that you should simply

Signs You are Underweight

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: August 21, 2015

Sometimes it may seem that nearly everywhere you turn people are talking about the new fad diet or other ways to lose weight. With so much attention in society given to the problem of being overweight, those who are underweight may feel looked over and ignored, as if their problem isn’t actually considered a problem

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

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

Understanding Your Fainting Spells

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: July 3, 2015

Fainting is not just for overdramatic ladies in old fashioned movies, but is actually a sign that a very serious medical condition may be present. In the medical world, fainting spells are officially referred to as “syncope,” and can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes, during which a person loses consciousness

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