Every time you go to the clinic, you get your blood pressure checked. Those numbers are recorded in your medical record each and every time. What do those numbers mean and why are they important? Your heart pumps blood throughout your body in a system of arteries, veins and capillaries. The force with which that … Continue reading Blood pressure basics: What do "systolic" and "diastolic" mean?
“Your heart is a muscle—but it’s not like the other muscles in your body. When you go to the gym, you lift weights to build muscle and get stronger, but it doesn’t work that way with your heart. You don’t want to have a heart required to work against higher resistance. When your heart has … Continue reading Hypertension: “Your arteries are like a hose”
For years, Robert Trevino had just put up with the symptoms of a crippling disorder called Fibrous Dysplasia, which created abnormal bone growth in different parts of his body. He even lost an eye to the disorder, when a bone mass began growing in his eye socket. Despite the complications of his Fibrous Dysplasia, he … Continue reading Patient discovers courage within himself for risky surgery
Spring break and Easter are around the corner and people are hitting the roads or the airways for some kind of getaway. Yet, these kinds of trips usually involve sitting in one position for an extended period of time and most people are not aware that it could cause the development of blood clots. It’s … Continue reading Decreasing your risk of developing blood clots
On Friday, February 5, 2010, employees of Scott & White Healthcare will “Go Red for Women” to support awareness of heart disease and stroke in women, sponsored by the Scott & White Heart & Vascular Institute. Everyone can show support for the fight against heart disease in women by wearing red. Men can show their … Continue reading Scott & White Healthcare employees support National “Wear Red Day”
Mirriam-Webster defines failure as “a state of inability to perform a normal function.” When I hear the word failure, I feel an overarching sense of dread looming over me. You know the feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you know you are headed to something that’s pretty bad and you have … Continue reading Don’t Let Heart Failure Defeat You
Most of us have experienced that burning sensation in our chests at one time or another. You eat a big, spicy meal and chalk it up to heartburn and turn to some over the counter remedies to take care of it. But what happens when it’s more than that? Could you tell the difference between … Continue reading Heart attack or heartburn?