Patient Education

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of heart arrhythmia. Some people experience chest pain or heart failure, but many have no symptoms. AF increases the risk of developing stroke. Your cardiologist may recommend treating AF with medications, a medical procedure, and/or lifestyle changes. Blood-thinning medication may also be prescribed to reduce the risk of stroke. More...

Heart Failure (CHF)

Heart failure is due to the heart being unable pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Early diagnosis and treatment can help those with heart failure to live longer, more active lives. Your cardiologist will select a treatment based on the type of heart failure, the severity of your symptoms, and your response to past treatments. More...

High Blood Pressure Treatment

High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, but can lead serious medical problems, including heart failure, kidney failure, and stroke. If you have high blood pressure (hypertension), your cardiologist may recommend a treatment plan to bring your blood pressure under control. Treatment options include lifestyle changes (dietary changes, weight loss, smoking cessation) and blood pressure medications. More...

Statins for High Cholesterol

Statins are a commonly-prescribed cholesterol-lowering medication that reduce levels of "bad cholesterol" in the blood. A statin is often prescribed if a healthy-heart diet and regular exercise have not reduced cholesterol levels. When prescribing a statin, your cardiologist will consider several factors, including your age, total and LDL cholesterol levels, and your response to other treatments. More...

Stents

A stent is a small mesh tube that's placed in the coronary arteries to keep blood flowing to heart muscles. It is placed during part of a procedure called "angioplasty". To place a stent, your cardiologist makes a small opening in a blood vessel in your groin (upper thigh), arm, or neck. Through this opening, a thin, flexible tube called a catheter with a deflated balloon and stent on the end is threaded up to the area of the artery that needs treatment. The balloon is then expanded, which widens the narrowed artery and pushes the stent into place. More...

What is a Cardiologist?

A cardiologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of medical conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels, including coronary artery disease, high cholesterol, hypertension, heart defects, slow or fast heart beat, heart failure (CHF), heart valve disorders and other heart conditions. More...