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How Heart Attacks May Present Differently in Women Nov 1st, 2021

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women in the United States, even though many people think of it as an issue that usually affects men. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 1 in 5 deaths among women is due to heart...

Understanding the Different Types of Vascular Ultrasound Oct 1st, 2021

An ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of the inside of parts of your body. You’ve probably heard it used in reference to pregnancy. But here at Heart & Vascular Institute, we perform vascular ultrasounds to evaluate how well blood is flowing through your body.  Our experts use vascular...

Why You Should Never Ignore Hypertension Sep 7th, 2021

About half of the adults in the United States are living with hypertension, or high blood pressure, but many have no idea. With high blood pressure, you don’t usually have any symptoms at all. You feel fine, yet your health is at grave risk.  The expert providers at Heart &...

The Dangers of High Cholesterol Aug 6th, 2021

Did you know that you need cholesterol to live? You do, and your liver produces it naturally. You need it for all sorts of bodily functions like making vitamin D, forming cell membranes, and more.  But, when there’s too much of the wrong type of cholesterol in your blood, your...

What Your Leg Pain Might Be Telling You Jul 15th, 2021

Leg pain can be a normal result of standing at your job, aging, or overdoing your workout. Or, it can be a symptom of cardiovascular disease. It can be surprisingly difficult to tell why your legs hurt, so it’s a good idea to have an evaluation by an expert.  The...

Recognizing the Signs of Peripheral Artery Disease Jun 24th, 2021

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a serious condition that has symptoms you may not notice. If you have PAD, you’re at risk for other life-threatening conditions such as coronary artery disease or cerebrovascular disease.  The specialists at Heart & Vascular Institute know the importance of treating PAD, and they can...

The Many Benefits of a Pacemaker May 24th, 2021

Anytime your doctor recommends a surgical procedure, it’s normal to feel nervous and maybe to look for reasons you don’t need it or shouldn’t have it. However, physicians don’t generally recommend surgery without good reason, including having a pacemaker implanted.  The experts at Heart & Vascular Institute understand that any...

What to Expect During a Stress Test Apr 18th, 2021

A stress test, a treadmill test, and an exercise stress test are the same thing, a way to see how well your heart works when you exercise. In most instances, you actually do exercise during the test, but we may give you a drug that makes your body behave as...

Understanding Arrhythmia Mar 17th, 2021

The most common type of arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation, but that’s not the only type. In this post, we explore the various types of irregular heartbeats and how they’re treated.  At Heart & Vascular Institute, we specialize in cardiology, which means our skilled providers treat many patients who have various...

What Does That Pain in Your Chest Mean? Feb 10th, 2021

Pain is notoriously difficult to describe, and the same area of your body may hurt for a variety of reasons. Consider, for example, a twisted ankle and a blister from an ill-fitting shoe. Both situations result in pain, but for very different reasons — and they require different treatments.  The...

Is Shortness of Breath Ever Normal? Jan 20th, 2021

If you’ve ever had the feeling that you just can’t get enough air, you know what it’s like to experience shortness of breath. It’s unpleasant, and it can be frightening.  In some instances, shortness of breath isn’t something to worry about. More often, it’s a symptom of an underlying problem...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 22nd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus. But...

Manage Your Hypertension with These Lifestyle Changes Dec 14th, 2020

The complications associated with uncontrolled hypertension are serious. Stroke, heart failure, heart attack, and kidney damage have all been linked to high blood pressure. By making some lifestyle changes, you can avoid those complications and reduce your blood pressure.  The highly skilled and knowledgeable experts at Heart & Vascular Institute...

Is There Such a Thing as Good Cholesterol? Nov 20th, 2020

Understanding the cholesterol readings when you have a blood test can be confusing. There are several numbers that you should pay attention to, and in this post, we explain what they are and why they matter.  The expert providers at Heart & Vascular Institute always go over your test results...

The Link Between Thyroid Disorder and Hypertension Oct 1st, 2020

It’s well known that thyroid disorder can affect your metabolism, but people may not know that there’s a link between thyroid problems and high blood pressure. If you’ve been diagnosed with either, you may want to discuss the other with your doctor.  At Heart & Vascular Institute, our experts have...

3 Common Causes of Chest Pain Sep 1st, 2020

“Pain” isn’t always a clear description of a sensation. You can feel discomfort that doesn’t rise to the level of pain, or you may feel pressure that isn’t exactly pain, but isn’t normal either. With chest pain, the nature of the sensation, the duration, and other factors can point to...

Cardiology and COVID-19: What You Should Know Aug 10th, 2020

If you have a heart condition, your health is probably at the top of your mind most of the time, and the specter of COVID-19 sweeping the country has likely made your health a serious concern. The specialists at the Heart & Vascular Institute want you to remain safe and...

These Noninvasive Tests Measure the Health of Your Heart Jul 17th, 2020

Early identification of heart disease is one of the most important steps in keeping you healthy. At Heart & Vascular Institute, with three locations in Michigan, our experts provide state-of-the-art care that helps them diagnose potential problems before they become much larger problems — and more difficult to treat.  If...

Does Shortness of Breath Mean I’m Having a Heart Attack? Jun 1st, 2020

Many people imagine that a heart attack happens suddenly and is unmistakable. While the Hollywood depiction of what a heart attack looks like can happen, it’s not the most common way that people experience a myocardial infarction, which is the medical name for a heart attack.  Here at Heart &...

Most Common Causes for Heart Palpitations May 28th, 2020

If you’ve ever felt your heart skip a beat, flutter, flip-flop, pound, or otherwise beat oddly, you’ve experienced heart palpitations. In most cases, heart palpitations aren’t cause for concern. But if you also have pain or shortness of breath, you feel dizzy, or you faint, you should get checked out....

5 Tips for Keeping Your Cholesterol in Check Apr 27th, 2020

When your total cholesterol levels exceed 200 mg/dL, your risk of cardiovascular disease increases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 95 million Americans have total cholesterol levels higher than 200 mg/dL.  At Heart & Vascular Institute, our experts work hard to prevent cardiovascular disease, so we’d...

The Major Symptoms of Arrhythmia and What You Need to Do About Them Mar 23rd, 2020

If you’ve been told you have arrhythmia, or you’re having odd symptoms, you probably have some questions. At Heart & Vascular Institute, our experts have the answers. We can help you understand what arrhythmia is, what treatments are available, and what a diagnosis of arrhythmia means in your specific situation....