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What's involved in an EP study?

I need to have an electrophysiology study because my doctor wants a full understanding of my heartbeat, which feels abnormal. How is this study usually performed?

What can I do to strengthen my heart?

My doctor says that my heart muscle is a lot weaker than it should be at my age. I'm in my late 30s and also a heavy smoker. Other than dropping the smoking habit, what are some...

Why is acupuncture recommended for cardiovascular disease?

My doctor recommended acupuncture, actually, to lower my risk for cardiovascular diseases because I have a family history of cardiovascular diseases on my mom's side. Why is acupuncture...

How does high blood pressure cause a stroke?

My grandmother's doctor cited that she had her stroke because of her blood pressure, which has always been really high. But I'm not understanding the connection well. How does...

Can I drink coffee before my echocardiogram?

I have an echocardiogram in the next couple of days, and I just have a few questions on what I should do before my test. I'm a big coffee drinker, and I know I'm probably not...

Is it bad when my heart rate increases when I exercise?

My heart rate increases whenever I exercise, and it often feels like my chest is going to burst when I do physical activity. I noticed this while I was in physical therapy for...

What are some signs of heart issues in children?

My child's school called me about this, actually, and it was about my son having issues with his breathing after exercising. He would easily be out of breath after doing most...

What questions should I ask my cardiologist during my first visit?

I got referred to a cardiologist after my primary doctor noticed that my blood pressure is on the higher side (and it's been like that during both of my appointments). I'm pretty...

How does an ECG diagnose atrial fibrillation?

My aunt has to have an ECG because her doctor thinks that she's experiencing warning signs of AFib. How does an ECG usually diagnose it?

What is considered high blood pressure?

My mom was taking my blood pressure, and told me that it's pretty high for my age. I'm only 23, but I don't understand what numbers are high and what numbers are low. What numbers...

Is high blood pressure bad for anesthesia?

I have issues with high blood pressure and need to have surgery for my gallbladder and be under general anesthesia. The surgery is scheduled for this coming Monday, but I'm nervous...

How long before my surgery should I stop taking blood thinners?

I have a minor cardiac procedure coming up in an out-patient facility. I'm a little nervous, but I'm preparing for it in the best possible way. However, I do take blood thinners...

What are the symptoms of a heart attack in women?

I heard that women do not have the same symptoms of a heart attack as men. And, that it's a little harder to diagnose a heart attack in women than in men. What different symptoms...

How can acupuncture improve blood circulation?

I was reading an article for ways to improve my circulation, and a website actually suggested using acupuncture to help me. How does acupuncture help with improve circulation?...

High heart rate after MRI. Is this normal?

After my MRI, I was experiencing a higher heart rate than normal. Luckily, this was in the hospital so they noticed it right away. But, I'm just wondering, is it normal to experience...

Are there risks to getting a cardiac catheter with interventional radiology?

I need to have a cardiac catheterization, but my doctor wants to use interventional radiology with this procedure. Are there any risks that I should be aware of?

What are the causes of congenital heart diseases?

My baby was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease, and it completely blindsided our family. Neither me or my husband have a history of these diseases, or not that we are aware...

Are chest pains always an emergency?

My mom was having chest pains the other day, and I wanted to take her to the hospital but she told me that she was okay and refused to go. It turned out that she was dealing with...

Leaky heart valve discovered in adulthood. Why was it discovered so late?

My mother was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition very recently with a leaky heart valve. She's being treated for it now, but I feel like this should have been discovered...

What is the treatment for arrhythmia?

My father went to the cardiologist for his regular checkup (he was referred to one after having diabetes), but now his cardiologist saw that he has arrhythmia as well. My father...

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