On September 29, 2017, countries around the globe will celebrate World Heart Day. This observation is a response to the 2012 agreement that world leaders made to reduce global mortality from noncommunicable diseases by 25 percent by 2025. Since cardiovascular disease accounts for nearly half of all non-communicable disease deaths, it kills more people around the world than any other condition. World Heart Day is an effort to fight against cardiovascular disease by giving others the tools and resources they need to improve their health. Read More
Dr. Christopher Davis has been named one of Scene Magazine’s Doctors of Distinction for January 2017. Thank you all so much for your support of Dr. Davis and Manatee Cardiovascular Wellness Institute!
Manatee Cardiovascular Wellness Institute, located in Bradenton, Florida, was recently granted accreditation of Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. This is a major achievement, given the vital nature of echocardiography in cardiovascular medicine.
Everything You Should Know About Echocardiography
Echocardiography is the use of ultrasound waves to investigate the action of the heart, and it is utilized to evaluate the health of the heart. It might also be called an echo test or heart ultrasound, but regardless of the name, it will take “moving pictures” of the heart to help determine what caused problems like heart murmur, heart attack, rheumatic fever, or unexplained chest pain.
Only a trained sonographer can complete an echocardiogram. The procedure is painless, but it can gather critical information regarding your health. For example, the test will show the size and shape of your heart, how well it is working, what portions are weak or malfunctioning, and where any blood clots are located. There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography. The training and experience of the sonographer performing the procedure, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive patient outcome. After the echocardiogram is performed, your cardiovascular specialist uses the results of the echocardiogram to ensure the best plan is prepared for your care. Read More
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a disorder characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move the legs. This disorder is most common in middle and older age groups and affects 10-15% of the US population. Some of the Symptoms of RLS include:
- Itchy, burning and tingling sensations on the legs “pins and needles”
- Pain and cramping of legs increased at night that is relieved by movement or walking.
- Difficulty falling asleep and/or repeated awakenings due to muscle cramps or leg discomfort.
Causes Read More