Sclerotherapy: What Is It?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: March 3, 2016

Sclerotherapy is a procedure that eliminates spider veins and varicose veins by means of a saline injection directly into the veins. The solution blocks the blood flow to the affected vein, causing it to clot. Once clotted, your blood will be directed into other, healthier veins. The damaged vein will eventually turn to scar tissue

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

Can Heart Arrhythmias Cause Panic Attacks?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: February 12, 2016

Heart Arrhythmias….can they cause panic attacks? Yes, they can. For those who suffer from anxiety, a racing heart and shortness of breath might be a reaction to a stressful situation. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you might jump to the conclusion that you have a heart condition. This make sense, since we’ve always heard

February is American Heart Month

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: February 1, 2016

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women, so having the support of our government in educating Americans is of utmost importance. President Lyndon B. Johnson started the American Heart Month campaign in 1964 and asked that every year the President of the United States declares a proclamation of the fight against

Stroke Prevention – Using a Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: January 25, 2016

Left Atrial Appendage Closure Devices are sometimes used as an alternative preventative measure to help with stroke risk in patients who have atrial fibrillation arrhythmias and are unable to tolerate blood thinners like Warfarin. Cardioembolic strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation typically happen in the left atrial appendage. They have high rates of recurrence and

Listen to your heart

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: January 11, 2016

What is the doctor listening for when they press the stethoscope to your chest, back or abdomen? The stethoscope, a y-shaped listening device which hooks into the physicians ears allows them to amplify the sounds coming from inside of the patient’s body. They can detect both high and low frequency depending on which side is

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: January 1, 2016

Pelvic congestion syndrome is a chronic medical condition that presents itself in women. It is caused by varicose veins inside of the lower abdomen. Varicose veins happen when the valves inside of the veins which help return blood to the heart against gravity become weakened and won’t close properly, this allows blood to flow backwards

Causes of electrolyte imbalance in the body

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: December 18, 2015

First let’s start with the most basic question – What is an electrolyte? Electrolytes are minerals in your blood (such as sodium, chloride, magnesium, potassium and calcium) and other body fluids that carry an electric charge. Ingested with food intake, they affect the amount of water in your body, the acidity of your blood (pH),

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,

Tachycardia

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: December 4, 2015

Having heart palpitations when you are completely at rest is a scary feeling. No matter what you seem to do or how relaxed over all you may feel, it just keeps going. It can cause an uncomfortable tightness in your chest and if the heart rate stays elevated for some time, can become tired and