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What Does It Take to Become a Cardiologist?

Cardiology is one of the most challenging professions for doctors to gain credentialing in, since a cardiologist’s work involves diagnosing potentially serious heart and blood vessel diseases and conditions. As such, becoming a cardiologist requires significant training and special qualifications. The First Steps to Becoming a Cardiologist At the … Read More

3 Common Heart Problems in Young Adults

While many people may assume that cardiovascular problems only affect middle-aged to elderly men and women, poor heart health can afflict young adults as well. Here is a closer look at three of the most common heart problems affecting young adults. 1. Arrhythmia A heart arrhythmia is an … Read More

Heart Tests after Syncope

Syncope, more commonly referred to as fainting, is a temporary loss of consciousness often linked to insufficient blood flow to the brain. While at times, fainting is relatively harmless, it can also indicate a deeper underlying risk or condition. Why Heart Health Affects Syncope One cause of fainting is … Read More

What Causes High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, occurs when the pressure caused by blood pushing against the blood vessel walls becomes greater than normal. While most people with high blood pressure will have no symptoms for many years, the condition is dangerous because it can cause the arteries to … Read More

10 Components of a Heart Healthy Diet

Fueling your body with heart healthy foods is the first step in preventing cardiovascular disease. Here are some of the most essential components of a heart healthy diet: 1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such certain fish, nuts or beans, can reduce your risk … Read More

Atrial Fibrillation: A Focus on Prevention

Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm, and can occur when disorganized electrical impulses cause the heart’s two upper chambers to contract rapidly and irregularly. Atrial fibrillation doesn’t always have symptoms, but can lead to an increased chance of stroke and heart failure. While many … Read More

A Guide to Cardiology Credentials

When choosing a cardiologist, looking into your provider’s background is worth the time and effort. Most hospitals provide online directories of their physicians, complete with their listed credentials. But in many cases, it’s up to you to understand just what all these credentials really mean. Cardiology Sub-Specialties Cardiologists … Read More

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, and afflicts as many women each year as it does men. However, heart attack symptoms can differ significantly for men and women. Because women are more likely to experience “silent” or vague symptoms, heart attacks … Read More

Your Heart Meds May Matter More than You Think

A surprising number of Americans don’t take medications as prescribed. When it comes to medications prescribed after myocardial infarction, more commonly known as a heart attack, many patients choose to stop taking their prescriptions because they don’t “feel sick.” While no one wants to take medication, your heart meds can … Read More