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woman with leg swelling

Peripheral Edema or Inflammation?

Is leg swelling just something that comes and goes or should I have it checked by my doctor? Swelling in the legs, as well as the feet and ankles, is common. Is it something to worry about? That depends upon what is causing it. The swelling could be from something as simple as spending an […]

  • Posted on: Aug 13 2020
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ECG results showing an arrhythmia.

Heart Monitoring and Arrhythmia

What is a heart monitor and why would my doctor suggest heart monitoring? Heart monitoring is exactly what it sounds like: the use of a device to record the heart’s electrical activity and translate that activity into data that can be read and analyzed by your doctor. Monitoring is different from going through one or […]

  • Posted on: Dec 12 2019
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Results from an echocardiogram.

Reasons for an Echocardiogram

What are the possible reasons for my doctor ordering an echocardiogram? An echocardiogram is a noninvasive procedure that uses ultrasound (sound waves) to examine the heart’s structural integrity and functioning. A transducer, which is a hand-held wand, is held to the chest in certain locations and angles and emits sound waves. These sound waves painlessly […]

  • Posted on: Sep 9 2019
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Woman experiencing heart palpitations

What Causes Heart Palpitations?

Are heart palpitations always a sign of something serious? Every wannabe romance writer has written at least one, if not dozens, of scenes involving hearts that skip a beat, flutter or feel like they want to leap out of some infatuated character’s chest. This can be very effective at drawing in the audience and conveying […]

  • Posted on: Aug 15 2019
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Cardiovascular Wellness discusses the rising death rates in the United States from heart disease.

Death Rates from Heart Disease Rising

How do I know if I am at risk for developing heart disease? The number one cause of death in the U.S. is cardiovascular disease, currently accounting for more than 840,000 deaths per year. Cardiovascular disease and heart disease are often used interchangeably but they are not the same thing. Heart disease is a form […]

  • Posted on: Jul 16 2019
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Heart Attack Risks You Can Control

Are there things that can be done to lower the chances of having a heart attack? Someone in the U.S. has a heart attack every 40 seconds… Myocardial infarctions, more commonly known as heart attacks, are the result of a loss or decrease of blood flow to the heart. Like any other muscle, if the […]

  • Posted on: Jun 22 2019
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Cholesterol: The Good and The Bad

What is the difference between good cholesterol and bad cholesterol? Everyone is familiar with the warnings associated with having high cholesterol. One of the reasons for that is the fact that it is so pervasive in our society. Based on research by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), adults in the United States […]

  • Posted on: May 4 2019
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Leg Swelling: Causes and Remedies

How much should I worry if I have frequent leg swelling? Swelling in the legs, including the feet and ankles, is a fairly common condition. While there are a range of possible causes, there is one thing that is pretty much universally true and that is the fact that you will receive a lot of […]

  • Posted on: Mar 31 2019
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