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

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

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: November 5, 2015

Deep Vein Thrombosis is the medical term for a blood clot. This condition can occur when one or more blood clots form within the deep veins of the circulatory system (most commonly in the legs). It can result in swelling, tenderness and pain in the legs but often times presents no noticeable symptoms. DVT is

Aortic Stenosis – Getting to the heart of the matter

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: October 28, 2015

Aortic Stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic heart valve opening. The aorta is the main artery in the body and vital in delivering oxygen rich blood to the entire system. The narrowing is usually caused by age related calcification but can also be attributed to birth defects, radiation therapy or a bout with rheumatic