Category Archives: Julian Booker myHeart Blog

Atrial Fibrillation – Part 2 – Blood thinners


By Julian Booker, MD Although we identify only four chambers with a normal human heart, the left atrium has a small finger-like pouch attachment most commonly called the appendage. Blood flow within the appendage can be slower than the rest … Continue reading

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Atrial Fibrillation – Part 1 – What is it?


By Julian Booker, MD Atrial fibrillation, sometimes called a-fib, is the commonest cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm). In contrast to the metronome-like heart rhythm that we are used to, atrial fibrillation is characterized by an irregularly irregular heartbeat. If you … Continue reading

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Stroke – Part 1 – Types of Stroke


By Julian Booker, MD Stroke falls under the category of cerebrovascular disease meaning disease involving the blood vessels of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and visual system). We all know someone that has had a stroke but many … Continue reading

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Chronic kidney disease – Part 2 – a little more


By Julian Booker, MD You may recall in an earlier post a discussion of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) risk equivalency. A CHD risk equivalent is a disease or cluster of diseases that places you at a significantly increased risk for … Continue reading

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Chronic kidney disease – Part 1 – The basics


By Julian Booker, MD I have spent a great deal of time discussing medical conditions that directly affect your heart or are a consequence of heart disease. Today’s topic is not specifically a heart related condition but is directly related … Continue reading

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What is a stress test?


By Julian Booker, MD Unless otherwise stated, any stress test referenced on a MyHeart related blog post will refer specifically to cardiac stress tests.  Other heart related stress tests like cardiopulmonary exercise tests can be discussed at a later date. … Continue reading

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Echocardiography – Part 2 – Transesophageal echo


By Julian Booker, MD Transesophageal echocardiography, or TEE, is a special echo technique that your physician may request. During a TEE, the transducer is not placed on the chest but is swallowed by the patient. The probe is about the … Continue reading

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Echocardiography – Part 1 – What is an echocardiogram


By Julian Booker, MD An echocardiogram or echo for short, is a powerful tool used primarily by cardiologists to evaluate the heart’s structure and function. An echocardiogram is a type of sonogram which means that it uses sound waves to … Continue reading

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The Fish Oil Diaries – Part 2 – Supplements and a Western diet


By Julian Booker What is the Western diet pattern or Western diet? The western diet is a common dietary pattern found in a number of developed countries and is growing in popularity in developing countries. There are two common characteristics … Continue reading

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The Fish Oil diaries – Part 1- high fat diets and heart protection


By Julian Booker, MD The fish oil diaries may be controversial and upset some people. Fish oil therapy has become a staple of many American’s fight against heart disease. Some take prescription fish oil, over the counter fish oil, cod … Continue reading

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