Tag Archives: heart disease

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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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 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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Can Medicines Help My Mitral Valve?


By Mustafa I. Ahmed MD Can Medicines Help My Mitral Valve? The mitral valve is there to stop blood flowing backwards in the left side of the heart, and so allows blood to travel the correct way, forward, to supply the … Continue reading

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Exercise and Coronary Artery Disease – Is it Safe and Should I Be Doing It?


By Murtaza Ahmed MD Time after time I come across patients who are suffering from stable coronary artery disease (CAD) who, through no fault of their own, are under the impression that they can’t partake in any form of ‘strenuous’ … Continue reading

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Chest Pain – Part 2 – more chest pains


By Julian Booker, MD When we last spoke, we were discussing angina. We now know what it usually feels like and what it usually means. But there are many other reason to have chest pain, some dangerous and some not. We … Continue reading

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Chest Pain – Part 1 – angina


By Julian Booker, MD Chest pain is one of the most frightening symptoms that a person can experience. The problem is that not all chest pain is dangerous and not all chest pains are created equal. Some chest pain such … Continue reading

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Aortic stenosis?!!


Our body’s primary artery, the aorta, supplies blood to the entire body. The aortic valve allows blood to flow from the heart into the aorta but prevents blood from leaking back into the heart.  In aortic stenosis, sometimes called aortic … Continue reading

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Diabetes and my heart


                                                                                                 By Julian Booker, MD When I am in clinic, there are very few things that drive me crazier than trying to impress upon a patient the importance of managing their cardiovascular risk. Once a patient has a heart attack … Continue reading

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Mitral Valve Prolapse – Part 5, From Fiasco to Sensibility, How Common is it?


By Mustafa I. Ahmed, MD Before reading this, if you haven’t read the first few posts, go ahead and read them so you have a good understanding of what mitral valve prolapse is, and how the valve is affected. Mitral … Continue reading

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