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Do You Have Swollen Legs? 4 Cardiovascular Conditions That Can Cause Edema Dec 1st, 2022

You’ve been on an airplane for a while or you’re pregnant — these are common and temporary situations that can cause swelling in your lower legs and feet. If you’re experiencing swelling without any identifiable cause or precipitating event, the problem may lie in your cardiovascular system. Although swelling in...

4 Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself If Heart Disease Runs in Your Family Oct 31st, 2022

You know that heart disease runs in your family, and you’re understandably concerned. The fact is that genetics can play a role — for example, the prevalence of cardiovascular disease among those who have a family history of premature heart disease is two times greater than those who have no...

Skin Changes and Heart Health: 5 Warning Signs to Know Oct 1st, 2022

Your skin is your body’s largest organ — covering an average of 22 square feet — and it plays an invaluable role in providing a shield for your body. Though the evidence of this protection can show up in the signs of scars and blemishes, your skin can also register what’s going...

3 Signs of Congestive Heart Failure You Should Never Ignore Sep 6th, 2022

Approximately 6.2 million people in the United States are living with congestive heart failure, and we want to underscore the words “living with.” As with most medical conditions, the sooner that we’re aware of the problem, the sooner we can take action to treat the issue. This certainly applies to...

I Have an Irregular Heartbeat: Should I Consider a Pacemaker? Aug 1st, 2022

Each year in the United States, 200,000 pacemakers are implanted, and this number is expected to increase as the population ages. There are many reasons why people with irregular heart rhythms opt for these lifesaving devices and understanding them is important. To help you better understand the role that a pacemaker can play...

Does My Aortic Aneurysm Need to Be Repaired? Jul 1st, 2022

Being diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm can be scary, but we want you to know that there are treatment options. In fact, 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm each year, yet deaths because of an aortic aneurysm are relatively low — slightly more than 9,900 in 2019. ...

Can Atrial Fibrillation Be Deadly? Jun 1st, 2022

At least 2.7 million people in the US are living with atrial fibrillation (AFib), which is the most common type of heart arrhythmia. Most any problem that develops in your heart has the potential to be life-threatening, and this is certainly true of AFib. That said, with early detection and vigilant oversight, AFib...

Why Blood Clots Are So Dangerous May 1st, 2022

When you cut yourself, your platelets jump into action and form a clot that prevents the blood vessels from leaking blood. In this regard, blood clots are lifesavers. When a blood clot forms in your blood vessels, however, quite the opposite can be true as the clot can prevent your...

Are All Heart Valve Issues Dangerous to Your Health? Apr 4th, 2022

Your heart is the primary transportation hub for your blood. Controlling the traffic and making sure that your blood flows in the right direction are your heart valves, which open and close with each heartbeat. As you can imagine, when there’s a problem with one of these valves, it can...

Understanding the Two Types of Aortic Aneurysms Mar 3rd, 2022

An aortic aneurysm certainly sounds serious, and there’s no question that the complications that arise from this condition are potentially life-threatening. Thankfully, aortic aneurysms aren’t all that common — they affect 5-10 people in the United States out of every 100,000 — and deaths related to the condition cause approximately...

The Link Between Edema and Your Heart Feb 1st, 2022

You look down and are unable to tell where your calves end and your ankles begin thanks to swelling in your lower limbs. This is a typical result of a condition we call edema, which is caused by fluid buildup in your body. In some cases, this swelling is perfectly...

Should I Be Concerned About My Arrhythmia? Jan 1st, 2022

Under ideal circumstances, your heart steadily pumps away — about 115,000 times a day — and circulates 2,000 gallons of oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood throughout your body. If there’s an irregularity in this steady pace, which we call an arrhythmia, you should sit up and take notice as some arrhythmias...

The Importance of a Pacemaker for Regulating Your Heartbeat Dec 15th, 2021

Your heart beats about 100,000 times per day and accomplishes 35 million beats over the course of a year. During an average human lifetime, the heart beats a whopping 2.5 billion times, give or take. Though the sheer number of times your heart beats is incredible, it’s equally as important...

Understanding the Different Types of Heart Disease Nov 7th, 2021

There are some serious and frightening associations with the umbrella term, “heart disease,” and for good reason. To start, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming one in four deaths.  To help you better understand what heart disease encompasses, the team of cardiology experts...

Recognizing the Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure Oct 6th, 2021

Walking up a few steps leaves you disproportionately winded or, worse, you struggle to breathe when you lie down. These are two of the hallmarks of congestive heart failure, a serious disease that affects approximately 6.2 million people in the United States. As heart health experts, the experienced and comprehensive...

What Are the Risks With Atrial Fibrillation? Sep 7th, 2021

Under ideal circumstances, your heart maintains a steady rhythm of 60-100 beats per minute, which totals 100,000 times per day and a whopping 35 million times a year. When you have an arrhythmia, your heartbeat is too fast, too slow, or irregular, all of which can lead to serious complications,...

Does Your Heart Flutter? Here's What It Could Mean Aug 11th, 2021

Something gives you a fright and your heart flutters in your chest, which is perfectly normal as adrenaline floods your body. If you routinely experience a fluttering heart with no obvious cause, however, this could be the sign of a potentially serious arrhythmia. To help you discern the difference, our...

Complications of Congestive Heart Failure Jul 11th, 2021

To call your heart hard-working is a big understatement. Each day, your heart pumps about 100,000 times, circulating the 5.6 quarts of blood throughout your body three times every minute. When you have congestive heart failure, your heart isn’t pumping blood as efficiently as it should, which can lead to...

Can You Tell If You Have an Aortic Aneurysm? Jun 17th, 2021

We’re going to get straight to the question we pose in the title of this blog about whether there are any warning signs of an aortic aneurysm — in most cases, the answer is no. That said, it’s important to understand what happens when an aortic aneurysm bursts or leaks...

What Every Woman Should Know About Heart Disease May 9th, 2021

Structurally, there isn’t a great difference between a man’s cardiovascular system and a woman's, but there are variations in the way heart disease can present itself, not to mention certain gender-specific risks. The highly qualified cardiology team here at Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists wants to take this opportunity to highlight some...

The Role of a Pacemaker in Heart Conditions Apr 12th, 2021

To say that your heart is a busy organ would be a gross understatement. Not only does your heart beat 100,000 times a day (about 35 million times a year), it circulates the entirety of your blood three times every minute. Going a little further with these fascinating statistics, your...

Understanding Mitral Valve Prolapse Mar 1st, 2021

To keep your blood flowing smoothly (and in one direction), your heart is equipped with four small one-way valves that open and close to allow blood through, but not back. When there’s a malfunction in one of these valves, valvular disease takes hold, and some are more serious than others....

The Link Between Peripheral Edema and Your Heart Feb 3rd, 2021

All too often, symptoms of a medical condition can develop in seemingly unrelated areas, which is certainly true of cardiovascular-related peripheral edema. Since it’s difficult to connect the dots with medical issues like these, you need trusted medical providers in your corner, which is where we come in. At Advanced...

6 Risk Factors of Atrial Fibrillation Jan 14th, 2021

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is a common heart rhythm disorder, affecting 2.7 million people in the US, but the CDC predicts that this number will jump to 12.1 million by 2030.  To shed some light on these rising numbers, the team here at Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists is taking this opportunity...

Tips for Managing Your Hearth Health Over the Holidays Dec 6th, 2020

Although there may be fewer office or neighborhood parties this year, you’ll likely still be celebrating the holidays in some fashion. From buying gifts to family feasts, the holidays present some challenges for those who are trying to safeguard their heart health. As the holiday season approaches, our team here...

The Benefits of Assessing Your Risks for Cardiovascular Disease Nov 1st, 2020

We started this discussion with a scary statistic — one person dies every 36 seconds of heart disease in the US. To counter this, here’s another statistic that should bring some hope: A whopping 80% of cardiovascular disease is preventable. Our team here at Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists understands these revealing...

5 Steps for Managing Peripheral Artery Disease Oct 6th, 2020

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects 6.5 million people over the age of 40 in the United States, putting them at risk for far more serious cardiovascular issues down the road. Thankfully, you can make a few lifestyle changes to manage and improve this serious health concern. Our experienced team of...

Recognizing the Signs of Atrial Fibrillation Sep 8th, 2020

The prevalence of atrial fibrillation, or AFib, in the United States is between 2.7 and 6.1 million, but experts predict that this number could rise to more than 12 million in the next decade. There are solutions for this fairly common heart rhythm problem, but left untreated, AFib can lead...

Understanding the Many Faces of Valvular Disease Aug 18th, 2020

Your heart is a complex organ that acts as the main hub and power source for your circulatory system. To ensure that blood flows through the four chambers of your heart correctly, your heart is equipped with valves that open and shut with each heartbeat. With valvular disease, the flow...

Are You at Risk for An Aortic Aneurysm? Jul 7th, 2020

Understanding your heart health risks is one of the best ways to avoid very serious, and potentially life-threatening, problems. Though an aortic aneurysm may not be terribly common — the condition causes nearly 10,000 deaths a year in the United States — it’s still a condition well worth considering when...

What to Expect When Getting a Pacemaker Jun 23rd, 2020

If you’re among the millions of people in the US who have an arrhythmia, which is the term used to describe abnormal heartbeats, you’ve likely explored the benefits of a pacemaker. Each year, around 200,000 Americans have pacemakers implanted to be able to regulate moderate-to-severe arrhythmias and avoid potentially life-threatening...

5 Signs You May Have an Arrhythmia May 29th, 2020

Your body is an incredibly efficient machine that, more often than not, sends up warning flags when something’s amiss. And this is very much the case when it comes to your all-important heart. The key, however, is understanding — and heeding — these warning signs, especially when it comes to...

10 Steps Everyone Can Take to Lower the Risk of Heart Disease Apr 1st, 2020

Scare tactics are never a great way to kick off a conversation, but they’re hard to avoid when it comes to heart disease. The fact is that nearly 650,000 men and women die from heart disease each year, which represents one in every four deaths in the United States. The...

How Congestive Heart Failure Affects Your Body Mar 20th, 2020

Congestive heart failure affects approximately 6.5 million people in the United States, preventing their bodies from getting the oxygen-rich blood they need. This serious condition is progressive and develops in stages — from class I to IV — which means recognizing the early signs is paramount. At Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists,...

Is It a Heart Attack or a Panic Attack? Feb 25th, 2020

Every year in the US, more than 800,000 men and women have a heart attack and, for more than 600,000, it’s their first one. At the same time, nearly 5% of adults in the US experience a panic attack at some point in their lives — many of whom struggle...

Are You at Risk of Developing Peripheral Artery Disease? (PAD) Sep 19th, 2019

Peripheral artery disease affects the arteries outside of your heart and brain. Most commonly, PAD affects arteries that send oxygenated blood to your legs, but it can also affect arteries that travel to your head, arms, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract. PAD develops when plaque, which is a fatty substance, builds...