How Important Are Heart Valves?

Mr. Blum, a 78-year-old man with a history of heart disease couldn’t walk very far without feeling short of breath. He scheduled an appointment with his cardiologist. His cardiologist checked his heart function, in particular his aortic valve, which had been replaced before. The cardiologist thought Mr. Blum might be having symptoms indicating his heart […]

Is an Echocardiogram Right For Me?

An echocardiogram (echo or ECG) is “the most cost-effective, safe and portable tool for cardiac diagnosis” according to Sharon Mulvagh’s recent article in Cardiovascular Business. Cardiologists also use echos to check heart function. Echo uses sound waves to make pictures of your beating heart—the atria, ventricles, valves, aorta, arteries, and veins attached to your heart. […]

Tips for Successful Doctor Visits after a Heart Disease Diagnosis

Have you ever left a doctor’s appointment and remembered that you forgot to ask a crucial question? It is frustrating, but you are not alone—many of us have done that! Here are tips to help you get the most out of your next doctor’s appointment after a heart disease diagnosis.