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Stop Smoking

2022-02-23T03:45:01+00:00July 4, 2016|Prevention|

Cigarette smoking is arguably the greatest threat to a healthy heart. Cigars are also linked to higher incidences of heart disease. Your primary care physician can provide suggestions about the current therapies and drugs that help you stop smoking.

Basic Diet Information

2022-02-23T03:45:11+00:00July 4, 2016|Prevention|

Dietary modification is the first step in controlling cholesterol. A healthy diet should limit total cholesterol intake to no more than 300 milligrams per day. 

Know the Numbers!

2022-02-23T03:45:18+00:00July 4, 2016|Prevention|

Lipid levels should be measured on fasting blood samples. Based on multiple studies, the following guidelines for blood lipid levels are recommended by the National Cholesterol Education Program:

Lipids: Cholesterol and Triglyceride

2022-02-23T03:45:52+00:00July 4, 2016|Prevention|

The fat and fat-like substances in the blood are called lipids and include both cholesterol and triglycerides. Cholesterol is present in every cell of your body. It is used to form cell membranes and part of some hormones. 

Risk Factors

2022-02-23T03:46:00+00:00July 4, 2016|Prevention|

Unfortunately, certain risk factors such as family history and gender cannot be changed. However, by modifying other risk factors, the odds of having a heart attack can be substantially reduced. 

Biventricular Pacemaker

2022-02-23T03:49:13+00:00July 4, 2016|Procedures|

Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is used to treat the delay in heart ventricle contractions that occur in some people with advanced heart failure.

Electrophysiology / Arrhythmias

2022-02-23T03:49:28+00:00July 4, 2016|Procedures|

Permanent pacemakers are placed for bradyarrhythmias (slow heart rates). Sometimes the pacemaker completely controls the heart rhythm, at other times it only serves as a backup for slow rates. 

Cath / PTCA / Stent

2022-02-23T03:49:52+00:00July 4, 2016|Procedures|

Cardiac catheterization, also known as a coronary angiogram, is an invasive diagnostic procedure that assesses the heart's arteries, valves, and contractility (squeezing strength of the heart muscle) as well as the pressures generated within the heart and lungs.

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