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

High Triglyceride Levels

When getting your blood cholesterol tested by your healthcare provider, you’re not only measuring your HDL (good), LDL (bad) and total cholesterol levels, often you’re also measuring triglycerides. Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in your body, and their presence reveals a lot to your provider about your health.

Where High Triglycerides Come From

Food is one source of triglycerides. Your liver also produces them. Eating extra calories (especially carbohydrates) increases the production of triglycerides, and excess triglycerides are stored in fat cells. When needed, your body releases them as fatty acids:

  • Fueling body movement
  • Creating heat
  • Providing energy for body processes

Understanding Triglyceride Levels

A blood test will reveal whether triglyceride levels are normal or out-of-range:

  • Good health: <150 mg/dL
  • Borderline health: 150-199 mg/dL
  • High: 200-499 mg/dL
  • Very high: >500 mg/dL

What You Can Do to Lower Triglyceride Levels

Your doctor will likely recommend lifestyle changes as the first way to lower triglyceride levels.


One of the best ways to address high triglycerides is with regular exercise. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days each week.

Eat well

Making the following adjustments to your diet also may help lower triglyceride levels:

  • Consume less saturated fat.
  • Consume less total fat in your diet.
  • Consume fewer simple carbohydrates. Limit your intake of baked goods made with white flour and sugar.
  •  Consume complex carbohydrates, such as whole wheat flour, brown rice and vegetables.
  • Eat foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids. They can be found in fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines and herring.
  • Get 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are good resources for fiber.
  • Cut back on or stop your alcohol intake.

Lose weight

If you’re overweight, dropping pounds will have a significant impact on lessening your risks for heart disease. You are overweight if your body mass index (BMI) is 25 or greater. You’re obese if your BMI is 30 or greater.

Medication for High Triglycerides

If changes in your diet and exercise don’t lower your triglyceride level, your healthcare provider may recommend or prescribe medication:

  • Nicotinic acid (niacin): a B vitamin that increases HDL and lowers LDL and triglycerides when taken at levels higher than dietary requirements.
  • Fibrates (gemfibrozil, fenofibrate) help mainly by lowering triglycerides by about 20 to 50 percent. They also may lead to modest improvements in LDL and HDL levels.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in fish oil and flax seed oil may also lower triglyceride levels when taken in prescription-strength doses.

What else?

High blood pressure and smoking both increase your risk for heart disease. Work with your doctor to manage high blood pressure and if you smoke, quit.