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Merrill Krolick, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
average rating 5 stars (4 ratings)
6006 49th Street North; Suite 200
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Merrill Krolick is a general practitioner, adult cardiologist, and interventional cardiologist in Largo, FL, Pembroke Pines, FL, and Miramar, FL. Dr. Krolick (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. These areas are among his clinical interests: coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Krolick is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West. He is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Krolick's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Krolick is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , aortic valve regurgitation, pulmonary valve disease, mitral valve prolapse, heart problems, heart attack, mitral valve disease, pericarditis, ventricular tachycardia, aortic valve disease, heart palpitations, atrial fibrillation, endocarditis, tricuspid regurgitation, mitral stenosis, cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, enlarged heart (cardiomegaly), congenital heart disease, mitral regurgitation (leaky mitral valve), tachycardia (very fast heart rate), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), angina, atrial flutter, heart failure, coronary artery disease, tricuspid valve disease

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, ... (Read more)

Foster Bryan, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
average rating 2.33 stars (3 ratings)
6006 49th Street North; Suite 310
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Foster Bryan is a general practitioner, family practitioner, and general surgeon. After completing medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Bryan performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. These areas are among his clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bryan is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , heart valve disease, angina, heart attack, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Laser ... (Read more)

Ronald Walsh, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 4.5 stars (5 ratings)
6006 49th Street North; Suite 200
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Walsh is a physician who specializes in general practice, adult cardiology, and interventional cardiology. Dr. Walsh (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Walsh include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Walsh's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) at Northside Hospital Campus, and Morton Plant Hospital. He attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. Dr. Walsh's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , aortic valve regurgitation, pulmonary valve disease, mitral valve prolapse, heart problems, heart attack, mitral valve disease, pericarditis, ventricular tachycardia, aortic valve disease, heart palpitations, atrial fibrillation, endocarditis, tricuspid regurgitation, mitral stenosis, cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, enlarged heart (cardiomegaly), congenital heart disease, mitral regurgitation (leaky mitral valve), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart block, angina, atrial flutter, heart failure, coronary artery disease, tricuspid valve disease

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Nuclear ... (Read more)

Robert Sheppard, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Other, Cardiac Electrophysiology
560 Jackson Street North; Suite 100
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Sheppard specializes in general practice, adult cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). In addition to English, he speaks Hebrew. Dr. Sheppard's areas of expertise include the following: syncope (fainting), atrial fibrillation, and endocarditis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) Downtown Office, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with State University of New York (SUNY), Dr. Sheppard attended New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , aortic valve regurgitation, pulmonary valve disease, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart problems, heart block, heart attack, mitral valve disease, aortic valve disease, heart palpitations, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, heart failure, endocarditis, mitral stenosis, cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, enlarged heart (cardiomegaly), mitral regurgitation (leaky mitral valve), congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, tricuspid valve disease

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Nuclear ... (Read more)

Michael Defrain, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Surgery, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
6006 49th Street North; Suite 310
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Defrain's specialties are general practice, general surgery, and cardiology (heart disease). Dr. Defrain's areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Defrain's training includes residency programs at Texas Heart Institute and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU).

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Relevant Interests: , heart valve disease, angina, pericarditis, heart attack, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Laser ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Practice, General Surgery, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
6006 49th Street North; Suite 200
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ignacio Duarte works as a general practitioner, general surgeon, and cardiologist. His areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Duarte is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Duarte's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) at Northside Hospital Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , heart valve disease, angina, heart attack, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Laser ... (Read more)

Gregg Schuyler, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology
560 Jackson Street North; Suite 100
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Gregg Schuyler's areas of specialization are general practice and adult cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schuyler include pericarditis, syncope (fainting), and atrial fibrillation. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) Downtown Office, and BayCare Physician Partners. Dr. Schuyler is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Schuyler completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , aortic valve regurgitation, pulmonary valve disease, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart problems, angina, pericarditis, heart attack, mitral valve disease, aortic valve disease, heart palpitations, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, heart failure, endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, enlarged heart (cardiomegaly), mitral regurgitation (leaky mitral valve), congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, tricuspid valve disease, tachycardia (very fast heart rate)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Cardiac Stress Testing, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Practice, General Surgery, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
6006 49th Street North; Suite 310
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Bradley Bufkin works as a general practitioner, general surgeon, and cardiologist. Dr. Bufkin's areas of expertise include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. He is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University.

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Relevant Interests: , heart valve disease, angina, heart attack, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Laser ... (Read more)

James Post, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Other
average rating 4.66 stars (3 ratings)
560 Jackson Street North; Suite 100
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. James Post's specialties are general practice and adult cardiology. He practices in South Pasadena, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: pericarditis, syncope (fainting), and atrial fibrillation. Dr. Post honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Post's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) Downtown Office, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , aortic valve regurgitation, pulmonary valve disease, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart problems, angina, pericarditis, heart attack, mitral valve disease, aortic valve disease, heart palpitations, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, heart failure, endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, enlarged heart (cardiomegaly), mitral regurgitation (leaky mitral valve), congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, tricuspid valve disease, tachycardia (very fast heart rate)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Cardiac Stress Testing, ... (Read more)

John Walsh, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 4.1 stars (5 ratings)
560 Jackson Street North; Suite 100
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. John Walsh specializes in general practice, adult cardiology, and interventional cardiology. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: pericarditis, syncope (fainting), and atrial fibrillation. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Walsh honors. He attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Walsh trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) Downtown Office, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , aortic valve regurgitation, pulmonary valve disease, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart problems, angina, pericarditis, heart attack, mitral valve disease, aortic valve disease, heart palpitations, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, heart failure, endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, enlarged heart (cardiomegaly), mitral regurgitation (leaky mitral valve), congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, tricuspid valve disease, tachycardia (very fast heart rate)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Cardiac Stress Testing, ... (Read more)

George Blanco, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology
560 Jackson Street North; Suite 100
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. George Blanco's medical specialty is general practice and adult cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Blanco include pericarditis, syncope (fainting), and atrial fibrillation. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for his residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Blanco's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) Downtown Office, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , aortic valve regurgitation, pulmonary valve disease, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart problems, angina, pericarditis, heart attack, mitral valve disease, aortic valve disease, heart palpitations, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, heart failure, endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, enlarged heart (cardiomegaly), mitral regurgitation (leaky mitral valve), congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, tricuspid valve disease, tachycardia (very fast heart rate)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Cardiac Stress Testing, ... (Read more)

Dennis Cassidy, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
6006 49th Street N; Suite 240
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Dennis Cassidy specializes in general practice, adult cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include syncope (fainting), atrial fibrillation, and endocarditis. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cassidy takes. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , aortic valve regurgitation, pulmonary valve disease, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart problems, heart block, heart attack, mitral valve disease, aortic valve disease, heart palpitations, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, heart failure, endocarditis, mitral stenosis, cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, enlarged heart (cardiomegaly), mitral regurgitation (leaky mitral valve), congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Nuclear ... (Read more)

Samantha Avery, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology
560 Jackson Street North; Suite 100
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Samantha Avery is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in general practice and adult cardiology. These areas are among Dr. Avery's clinical interests: pericarditis, syncope (fainting), and atrial fibrillation. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Avery accepts. She obtained her medical school training at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Dr. Avery is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) Downtown Office, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , aortic valve regurgitation, pulmonary valve disease, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart problems, angina, pericarditis, heart attack, mitral valve disease, aortic valve disease, heart palpitations, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, heart failure, endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, enlarged heart (cardiomegaly), mitral regurgitation (leaky mitral valve), congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, tricuspid valve disease, tachycardia (very fast heart rate)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Cardiac Stress Testing, ... (Read more)

Alexander Johnson, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology
average rating 2.25 stars (1 rating)
560 Jackson Street North; Suite 100
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Alexander Johnson works as a general practitioner and adult cardiologist. Dr. Johnson's areas of expertise include pericarditis, syncope (fainting), and atrial fibrillation. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) Downtown Office, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , aortic valve regurgitation, pulmonary valve disease, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart problems, angina, pericarditis, heart attack, mitral valve disease, aortic valve disease, heart palpitations, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, heart failure, endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, enlarged heart (cardiomegaly), mitral regurgitation (leaky mitral valve), congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, tricuspid valve disease, tachycardia (very fast heart rate)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Cardiac Stress Testing, ... (Read more)

Christopher Wilson, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology
560 Jackson Street N; 100
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Christopher Wilson specializes in general practice and adult cardiology and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Wilson's clinical interests include pericarditis, syncope (fainting), and atrial fibrillation. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Wilson trained at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Dr. Wilson is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) Downtown Office, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , aortic valve regurgitation, pulmonary valve disease, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart problems, angina, pericarditis, heart attack, mitral valve disease, aortic valve disease, heart palpitations, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, heart failure, endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, enlarged heart (cardiomegaly), mitral regurgitation (leaky mitral valve), congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, tricuspid valve disease, tachycardia (very fast heart rate)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Cardiac Stress Testing, ... (Read more)

Andrew Rosenthal, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
average rating 4.16 stars (3 ratings)
560 Jackson Street North; Suite 100
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Rosenthal is a general practitioner, adult cardiologist, and interventional cardiologist. He speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rosenthal include pericarditis, syncope (fainting), and atrial fibrillation. Dr. Rosenthal's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) Downtown Office. After attending Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Rosenthal completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rosenthal takes.

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Relevant Interests: , aortic valve regurgitation, pulmonary valve disease, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart problems, angina, pericarditis, heart attack, mitral valve disease, aortic valve disease, heart palpitations, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, heart failure, endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, enlarged heart (cardiomegaly), mitral regurgitation (leaky mitral valve), congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, tricuspid valve disease, tachycardia (very fast heart rate)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Cardiac Stress Testing, ... (Read more)

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What are Heart Problems?

The heart is one of the most important organs in the body. This smooth muscle expands and contracts rhythmically our entire lifetime, pumping blood to our lungs and then to every other cell in our body. When heart problems occur, it becomes difficult for the body to get the nutrients and oxygen it needs via the blood. So while there are a variety of illnesses and disorders that affect the heart, most of them make you feel weak, tired, and short of breath. The most common heart conditions include heart disease, angina, arrhythmia, and valve disorders.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. This includes coronary artery disease, heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease. Some conditions, such as genetics, cannot be controlled. But there are many other things you can do to lower your risk for heart disease. Controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reducing or stopping smoking, exercising more and losing weight if needed, and eating a diet low in sodium can all protect your heart.

Angina is a squeezing type of chest pain that happens when the muscles around your heart don’t get enough oxygen. It can be regular or infrequent. Usually, angina is caused by coronary heart disease. However, not all chest pain is angina. Chest pain can also be caused by a lung infection or panic attack, for example, so it is important to have any sudden pain checked.

Arrhythmia is the word for when the heart beats too fast, too slow, or irregularly with skipped beats. It can feel frightening, and depending on the type it can be dangerous, but in most cases arrhythmia is not serious and can be treated. It is very common, especially in older adults.

Heart valve problems can happen in any one of the the heart’s four valves that keep blood flowing where it needs to go. Babies can be born with problems in their heart valves, or valves can be damaged by infections. The valves can stiffen and become less mobile, or they can stop closing properly and ‘leak’ when the heart beats. Valve problems can usually be repaired surgically.
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