Monthly Archives: October 2017

Aortic Anyeurism and Your Heart

Your heart is one of the most important muscles in the body, and it pumps enough blood to fill three supertanker trucks over the course of a lifetime. One of the primary vessels through which it does so is the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body. The aorta is meant to be durable,... Read more »

How Does Smoking Affect Your Veins?

Cigarette smoking is a direct cause of about one in every five deaths in the United States each year, and while most people associate it most commonly with lung cancer, it’s also a major cause of heart and vein disease. About 20 percent of heart disease deaths in the US can be linked directly to… Read more »

What is Heart Failure

Heart failure, also referred to as congestive heart failure, is a condition that occurs when the heart doesn’t pump blood properly. Conditions like narrowed arteries or high blood pressure can gradually weaken or stiffen the heart, eventually making it unable to pump  blood efficiently. Treatments can improve signs and symptoms of heart failure and help... Read more »

Kidney Stones 101

Also called renal lithiasis or nephrolithiasis, kidney stones are hard deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside the kidneys. Kidney stones can be caused by a variety of factors, and they can affect any part of the urinary tract. Passing kidney stones can be extremely painful but usually doesn’t cause permanent damage. In... Read more »

Diet and Your Heart

The food you put in your body plays a significant role in your heart health and risk of developing heart disease. Many people struggle to change their dietary habits, but with the right advice and a few simple tweaks, you can put yourself in a much better position when it comes to a heart-healthy diet.... Read more »

4 Ways to Make Time for Healthy Habits

One of the biggest obstacles to a healthy lifestyle for many people is a lack of time, either perceived or legitimate. Even for the busiest among us, though, there will always be at least a few minutes during the day where you can spend time focusing on healthy habits. Here are some tactics for fitting... Read more »

What is a Pulmonologist

The respiratory system is in charge of providing oxygen to the body’s cells, and pulmonology is the area of medicine that focuses on the respiratory system’s health. Pulmonologists can treat a variety of conditions in both men and women. Here are the basics you need to know, including when you might need to see a... Read more »

How to Prepare for Imaging Scans (CT, PET, MRI)

Imaging technology allows doctors and their staff to get a better picture of what’s happening inside the body. This means significant improvement in care and the ability to detect and identify illnesses that previously might have gone undetected. Your doctor may recommend one of several imaging scans to help provide more information about your health.... Read more »

What is a Cardiac Enzyme Test?

A cardiac enzyme test is a tool used by doctors to determine if someone is having or has already had a heart attack. This test checks for levels of enzymes that are released by the heart muscle when it is injured, such as during a heart attack. About Cardiac Enzyme Tests Because patients reporting symptoms... Read more »