Cardiology Care

Your heart plays a vitally important role in your overall health. This organ the size of a large fist beats around 115,000 times each day, pumping about 2,000 gallons of blood through the body. This ensures that the organs and tissues throughout your body have the essential oxygen they need to function.

Because of that, when your heart isn’t functioning at its best, you can experience a wide range of issues affecting nearly every part of your body. Having access to advanced cardiac care is essential.

We offer an array of cardiac services provided by a team of specialized heart doctors. We care for a wide range of heart health issues, including:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
  • Heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • High blood pressure

Our range of services includes a full spectrum of diagnostic testing to determine an accurate diagnosis, identify any underlying medical conditions and provide advanced cardiac care, including cardiac surgery, when needed. Treatment extends to post surgical care, including cardiovascular rehabilitation and continued monitoring.

Cardiac Research

We are committed to bringing the latest cardiovascular medical and device therapy to our patients, and we use clinical research as one avenue for our patients and physicians to access new and developing cardiovascular treatments.

Heart Health Information

12 Helpful Ways to Lower Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a kind of lipid that the liver produces naturally. Your body needs it to form specific hormones and vitamin D in the body. It also helps keep the walls of your cells flexible. Cholesterol does not dissolve in water, so it travels in the body through proteins called lipoproteins.

Two Types of Cholesterol

1. Low density lipoprotein (LDL) or the bad cholesterol
2. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) or the good cholesterol.

Having too much bad cholesterol may result in excess cholesterol deposits in your arteries which may put you at risk of heart attack, kidney failure, stroke and other heart diseases. Learn more about the meaning and importance of your cholesterol numbers.

Ways to Lower Bad (or Increase Good) Cholesterol

1. Increase your fiber intake. (25 grams per day for a 2,000 calorie diet)

2. Eat more healthy fats. (i.e. avocados, olive oil and dark chocolate)

3. Add more omega-3s to your diet. (i.e. salmon and tree nuts)

4. Maintain a healthy weight.

5. Avoid stress.

6. Exercise regularly. (30 min./day, 5 days/week)

7. Don’t smoke.

8. Limit alcohol. (2 drinks/day for men, 1 drink/day for women)

9. Avoid trans fats. (i.e. pastries and cookies)

10. Take supplements like fish oil and flaxseed.

11. Consider prescription medication.

12. Get lipoprotein apheresis treatment.

Final Thoughts

High cholesterol levels can cause serious health problems, including heart disease. The good thing is, committing to a healthier lifestyle and cooperating with your doctor can help you treat or manage this condition, and prevent greater health risks in the future.

Meanwhile, if you don’t know your cholesterol levels, please schedule an appointment with your doctor.

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