Understanding the Connection between Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

The body is an incredible and complex being, and scientists have come to understand just how interrelated the body’s different functions really are. No illness or condition exists in solitary confinement within the body; each problem has the potential to create other health issues in an unwanted and often rapid domino effect. This pattern is especially prevalent when looking at the connection between diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Read More

World Heart Day: Share the Power

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

Cardiovascular Risk Assessment

We live in the age of technology, and though sleek iPhones and 3-D video games are entertaining, the true value of modern technology can be seen in its ability to improve our health. A cardiovascular risk assessment is one such tool that provides clear recommendations for estimating heart disease risk. With such incredible technology at our fingertips, everybody has the ability to evaluate their health and course-correct in order to prevent deadly diseases in the future. Read More

Staying Hydrated During Summer Heat

It is common knowledge that staying hydrated is an important component of lasting wellness, but many people don’t realize when their health symptoms are actually caused by dehydration. Taking simple steps to remain consistently hydrated this summer will help you prevent painful and bothersome health problems, especially in the unforgiving Florida heat.

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Holter Monitors Explained

Cardiologists have a number of tools they use to diagnose and treat a range of cardiovascular conditions. The Holter monitor is one such tool that is able to continuously record your electrical heart tracings (EKGs) for a 24 to 48 hour period. As a small battery-operated device, a Holter monitor can be worn throughout your regular activities. This allows your cardiologist to review your EKGs after a few days and evaluate the results for signs of any heart rhythm problems.

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All About Deep Vein Thrombosis

Many people are familiar with the term “deep vein thrombosis” (DVT) but don’t realize the full implications of the condition. Since DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in at least one of the deep veins in the body, it is a serious health issue that should always be treated immediately.

What Are the Signs of DVT?

Like many serious conditions, DVT can actually occur without any symptoms at all. Symptoms that do occur usually include swelling, warmth, and pain in the affected leg. The pain might resemble a cramping or soreness in the calf region. Unfortunately, the blood clot that forms from DVT can potentially lead to a pulmonary embolism, which is  far easier to recognize with symptoms like unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid pulse, and dizziness. As soon as you experience any of these symptoms, it’s time to seek medical attention. Read More

3 Lessons to Learn from National High Blood Pressure Education Month

Every year, National High Blood Pressure Education Month takes place throughout May with the goal of helping Americans prevent and control high blood pressure. This campaign has been occurring since May 1974 thanks to the support of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). More than four decades later, community groups, civic organizations, hospital outreach programs, public health departments, and workplaces still come together each May to renew educational efforts geared toward minimizing the impacts of high blood pressure. Read More

CoQ10: Often Overlooked in Cardiovascular Health

Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10, has become one of the most popular dietary supplements in the United States, yet many medical professionals still overlook its importance in the maintenance of cardiovascular wellness.

What is CoQ10?

CoQ10 is a vitamin-like compound found throughout our bodies that plays a critical role in how we produce energy. Small amounts of CoQ10 are naturally found in some foods; however, most CoQ10 is synthesized by tissues in our body. As we age, our bodies produce less CoQ10, resulting in less efficient energy production. Studies have shown vast benefits with CoQ10 supplementation in patients with coronary artery disease, heart failure, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Read More