Tag Archives: Heart failure

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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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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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 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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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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Hypertension – Part 1 – the why


By Julian Booker, MD Hypertension, also called high blood pressure, is the condition where one or both of your blood pressure values are elevated. When looking at your blood pressure recording you will notice two numbers. The top and bottom … 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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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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PFO anyone?


By Julian Booker, MD Help!! It’s an emergency!! I have a hole in my heart!! My last doctor performed an echocardiogram and told me I have a patent foramen ovale (PFO). What does this mean? More importantly, what does this … Continue reading

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