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Heart Health

How to know when it’s time to see a cardiologist

There are many people whose first trip to see a cardiologist is taken in the back of an ambulance. That is unfortunate because today, cardiologists can help those at risk prevent serious heart and vascular events—like heart attack, stroke or even heart failure—hopefully keeping you from ever having to take that ride. While it is …

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7 simple healthy habits to lower your blood pressure

Did you know that nearly half of all adults in the US have high blood pressure? As a practicing interventional cardiologist, I see patients with high blood pressure, or hypertension, every day and can verify this statistic. The good news I give to those who do have high blood pressure is this—they have the ability …

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Which AFib treatment is right for you?

A diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AFib) can be scary. But it’s a condition that affects millions of Americans and—thanks to advances in the field of electrophysiology—is manageable in the vast majority of cases. In fact, the question typically now is no longer, ‘can anything be done to manage it?’ But rather, ‘what is the best …

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What to expect during a cardiac ablation procedure

Cardiac ablation is a preferred treatment option for many arrhythmias—or abnormal heart rhythms—and is particularly effective for the most common type of arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation (AFib). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 12 million people in the US are projected to be living with AFib by 2030. What is a …

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How doctors test for and diagnose heart disease

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in both men and women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 36 seconds, an American dies from cardiovascular disease. But there’s good news—lifestyle modifications, like diet and exercise, can make a world of a difference in reducing your risk for …

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Blood pressure basics: What do systolic and diastolic mean?

Every time you go to the clinic, you get your blood pressure checked. Someone tells you the result—ideally a higher number over a lower number—and that’s noted in your medical record. But what do those numbers mean and why are they important? We asked Michael Sills, MD, a cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor …

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From heart attack to half-marathon in only six months

At 53, Thom Harris didn’t see it coming. Not the heart attack. And not the half-marathon that would follow only six months later. On May 1, Thom, in good physical shape and healthy according to his bloodwork, was cleaning his boat when he felt a pain between his shoulder blades. He popped an aspirin and …

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4 healthy habits to help you thrive with atrial fibrillation (AFib)

As an electrophysiologist, I see people with heart rhythm problems or irregular heartbeats, also known as arrhythmias. The most common type of arrhythmia I treat is atrial fibrillation, also referred to AFib. If you’ve been diagnosed with AFib, first, know that you are not alone. AFib affects millions of Americans. Most people with AFib have …

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What to know about COVID-19 and your risk of myocarditis

The thought of having COVID-19 strikes fear into the hearts of many—understandably so, given the deaths and long-term health problems that it has caused for some. But COVID-19 may inflict more than just fear upon hearts. It may also cause heart problems, specifically something called myocarditis, which has gotten a considerable amount of attention in …

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