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7 Tips for a Heart-Healthy Thanksgiving Meal

Celebrating Wellness,

Thanksgiving meals are often decadent. While heaping mounds of turkey, stuffing, marshmallow-covered sweet potatoes and creamy casserole dishes are delicious, they’re not exactly good for your heart. Many of these dishes are loaded with salt, fat, sugar and other unhealthy items that boost the flavor of your meal. Fortunately, you can make some substitutions which…

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Am I Having Heartburn or a Heart Attack?

Celebrating Wellness,

You’re experiencing chest pain after a big meal. It could be your heartburn acting up. However, it’s also possible that the chest pain is a sign of an impending heart attack. These two issues often feel very similar, making it hard to determine the difference. As a result, emergency room doctors will typically perform diagnostic…

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What Is the Normal Range for a Calcium Heart Score?

Celebrating Wellness,

What is a Calcium Heart Score? Your calcium heart score measures the amount of plaque built up in the walls of the arteries in your heart.  The cholesterol that deposits in the arterial walls becomes calcified, and this calcium can be detected by a CT scanner, just like Xrays can look at the calcium of your…

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Heart Failure Treatment – Treating the Underlying Conditions

Doctor’s Advice,

STRESS CARDIOMYOPATHY/ TAKOTSUBO Stress can affect many parts of the body including the heart.  Under stress, the body reacts by releasing adrenaline.  This is the ‘fight or flight’ mechanism.  The body can not tell what the stress is- whether the house is on fire, you have just lost your job, your kid has run away…

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Can Dieting Cause Heart Palpitations?

Healthy Thinking,

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in a variety of ways. For many people, it has meant putting their gym membership on indefinite hold. If you’re unable to find alternative ways to maintain an active lifestyle, it can result in significant weight gain. In fact, many people have experienced this problem during the pandemic.…

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Why is Fiber Important for Heart Health?

Recipes & Nutrition,

There are a lot of foods that impact heart health and lower calcium build-up. As cardiologists,  we talk a lot about heart-healthy diets, and one of the keys is fiber. Today, we look at why fiber is important to your heart health. Fiber Lowers Risk of Heart Disease Fiber is a complex carbohydrate and is…

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Got COVID-19? The Answer May Be Right in Front of You

Doctor’s Advice,

Your nose knows. A sudden loss of smell may indicate that you have been infected by the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, the disease known as COVID-19. Testing for smell may be more effective than other tests including temperature checks according to Stoelting Instruments and Scientific Assessments, distributor of the Smell Identification Kit™ (SIT), and Dr. Andrew Badley,…

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Can Sleep Apnea Cause Atrial Fibrillation (Afib)?

Celebrating Wellness,

Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is a serious heart condition impacting approximately six million Americans. It is caused by a quivering or irregular heartbeat which prevents the upper chambers of the heart, called the atria, from contracting properly. This causes blood to pool in the atria, increasing your risk of a clot. If these blood clots enter…

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Why Do I Get Heart Palpitations after Eating?

Recipes & Nutrition,

Heart palpitations can be frightening. In some instances, they may be a sign of a serious heart-related medical issue, which is why it’s common to be alarmed when you experience them. However, heart palpitations are often relatively benign and shouldn’t necessarily be a cause for concern. This is often true when they occur after eating.…

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Foods That Naturally Lower Calcium Heart Score

Recipes & Nutrition,

A calcium heart score, or coronary calcium scan, is done with a specialized X-ray called Cat scan, that provides our cardiologists with images that measure calcium build up in plaque on your heart arteries. Such scans are used as a part of prevention to assess and detect early signs of coronary artery disease. After all,…

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