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From heart attacks to arrhythmias to congestive heart failure, We diagnose and treat the full range of heart conditions. We emphasize preventative cardiology and work closely with our patients to help them mitigate long term heart damage and to lead heart healthy lives.
Our team of electrophysiologists have helped thousands of patients with heart rhythm disorders or arrhythmias, often “re-wiring” their hearts to help them beat more regularly and efficiently.
Family history (FH) is one of the key components of a comprehensive health history of any patient because it is strongly associated with several aspects of our health. Not only a simple, readily obtainable view into our genetic heritage, FH is also a hallmark of family behaviors and shared family environment associated with health and disease. In cardiovascular disease (CVD) it has been long known that traditional risk factors, such as high low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels and hypertension, have strong genetic determinants, but other known behavioral risk factors, such as smoking and unhealthy diet, also cluster in families. Hence, one should expect an FH of CVD to be a clinically meaningful risk factor.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death. One-third of these deaths may be preventable through healthy lifestyle choices including diet and physical activity. The Mediterranean diet is associated with reduced cardiovascular mortality, whereas the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan is associated with a reduced risk of coronary artery disease.
Various refractive eye surgery techniques change the shape of the cornea in order to reduce the need for corrective lenses or otherwise improve the refractive state of the eye.
In many of the techniques used today, reshaping of the cornea is performed by photoablation using the excimer laser.
A bicuspid aortic valve is an aortic valve with only two cusps (or flaps) instead of three. The aortic valve controls the flow of blood from the left ventricle (chamber) to the aorta, the main artery delivering blood to your body. Bicuspid valves may eventually leak (aortic regurgitation) and/or narrow (aortic stenosis).
Coronary artery disease (CAD) causes impaired blood flow in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Also called coronary heart disease (CHD), CAD is the most common form of heart disease and affects approximately 16.5 million Americans over the age of 20.
Acute aortic syndrome is the modern term that includes aortic dissection, intramural hematoma (IMH), and symptomatic aortic ulcer. In the classic sense, acute aortic dissection requires a tear in the aortic intima that commonly is preceded by medial wall degeneration or cystic media necrosis.
Blood passes through the tear separating the intima from the media or adventitia, creating a false lumen. Propagation of the dissection can proceed in anterograde or retrograde fashion from the initial tear involving side branches and causing complications such as malperfusion syndromes, tamponade, or aortic valve insufficiency.
If you have diabetes, you are more likely to develop heart disease. Over time, high blood sugar can damage your blood vessels and heart, putting you at a greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke — the most common causes of death for adults with diabetes.
The aorta is the largest artery in the body. Oxygen-rich blood enters the aorta and the heart pumps the blood out of the aorta where it travels to the rest of the body via the smaller arteries that branch out from it.
When affected by disease, the aorta can split (dissection) or dilate (aneurysm) and in either case, the rupture may have fatal results.
When it comes to cholesterol, it’s important to know your numbers. Hyperlipidemia means your blood has too many lipids (or fats), such as cholesterol and triglycerides. One type of hyperlipidemia, hypercholesterolemia, means you have too much non-HDL cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol in your blood. This condition increases fatty deposits in arteries and the risk of blockages.
Atherosclerosis is a narrowing of the arteries caused by a buildup of plaque. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from your heart to the rest of your body.
As you get older, fats, cholesterol, and calcium can collect in your arteries and form plaque. The buildup of plaque makes it difficult for blood to flow through your arteries. This buildup may occur in any artery in your body, including your heart, legs, and kidneys.
To diagnose heart failure, we will take a careful medical history, review your symptoms and perform a physical examination. We also check for the presence of risk factors, such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease or diabetes.
Prediabetes is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death in both the general population and in patients with a history of heart problems.
Prediabetes is a “pre-diagnosis” of diabetes – when a person’s blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. It is estimated that more than 470 million people worldwide will have prediabetes by 2030 and up to 70% of them will eventually develop type 2 diabetes.