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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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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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Diastolic heart failure – Part 2 – goals of treatment


By Julian Booker, MD Your wife finally convinces you to go see your doctor because the two months of worsening shortness of breath is not getting better and seems to be getting worse. The doctor walks into the room where … Continue reading

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Diastolic heart failure – Part 1 – what it is


By Julian Booker, MD I have been debating writing this post for weeks and have successfully deferred it in favor of other posts. This morning, following a conversation with myheartspecialist, I decided to tackle the subject. My hesitance was borne … Continue reading

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