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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...