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When to Seek Medical Care for Breathing Changes Mar 18th, 2021

Shortness of breath can have various causes, and some are quite serious. From asthma and exercise to anxiety and high altitudes, changes in breathing are typically a harmless way for your body to adapt to an increased demand for oxygen.  In some cases, however, changes in breathing are a sign...

Back Pain and Heart Attack: What You Need to Know Feb 15th, 2021

When most people hear the words “heart attack,” they think of classic symptoms such as crushing chest pain and shortness of breath. It’s important to know, however, that heart attack symptoms can seem unrelated or have more subtle signs. In fact, women are more likely to experience subtle heart attack...

Why Am I Dizzy After Exercise? Jan 20th, 2021

Feeling dizzy after exercise can have a number of causes. It’s possible that you may have overexerted yourself. In some cases, it’s a cause for concern. It can indicate a problem with your cardiovascular system.  A comprehensive evaluation is the only way to get to the bottom of things. If...

Do Certain Foods Affect Blood Pressure? Dec 14th, 2020

Because heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, it should be everyone’s concern. A number of factors heighten your risk for developing heart problems, including high blood pressure, which puts you at significant risk of heart attack and stroke. While in most cases the cause...

Understanding Your Cholesterol Numbers Nov 12th, 2020

It’s important to make sense of your cholesterol numbers. Cholesterol is an essential substance; your body needs it to build healthy cells and make certain hormones and vitamin D. Too much cholesterol, however, harms your heart health. When excess cholesterol circulates in your bloodstream, it accumulates as plaque, leaving less...

Unexplained Leg Pain? It May Be a Sign of Poor Circulation Oct 16th, 2020

If you experience unexplained pain in your legs, especially during physical activity, but the pain lets up when you rest, you could have peripheral artery disease (PAD).  This progressive condition affects an estimated 8-12 million adults in America, and if it’s left untreated, it can lead to serious complications, including...

Five Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Heart Health Sep 17th, 2020

Don’t take your heart for granted. Your heart pumps approximately 2,000 gallons of blood throughout your body each day, and during your lifetime, it will beat over 2.5 billion times. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among adults in the United States. Every year heart attacks affect more...

When shortness of breath signals heart problems Aug 17th, 2020

Title: When Shortness of Breath Signals Heart ProblemsMany different heart problems can lead to shortness of breath. It may happen suddenly or gradually over time. It may also occur only during physical activity or in stressful situations. You should never ignore unexplained breathlessness, as it may be due to a...

How Heart Attacks Affect Women Differently Jul 9th, 2020

Crushing chest pain is a classic heart attack symptom, but did you know that women may experience heart attacks differently? Not only do women have unique risk factors for heart attacks, but they are also more likely to present with atypical symptoms when a heart attack strikes. Learn more about...

Heart Disease and COVID-19: What You to Need to Know Jun 24th, 2020

COVID-19 is a growing global pandemic that has affected more than 1.6 million people in the United States alone. It causes mild flu-like symptoms including cough, chills, and fever in most people who contract the virus. Roughly 20% of people develop a more serious illness, according to research data from...

Am I at Risk for Developing Congestive Heart Failure May 26th, 2020

Congestive heart failure (CHF) refers to a specific stage of heart failure characterized by a buildup of fluid around the heart that prevents it from keeping up with the workload. CHF is a serious condition that requires medical management because, without treatment, it can be life-threatening. With treatment, however, you...

Palpitations: What to Do When Your Heart Skips a Beat Apr 30th, 2020

Although heart palpitations are often harmless, they can feel frightening, and in some cases, they’re a sign of an underlying heart condition. Feeling the occasional fluttering of your heart usually isn’t a cause for concern, and it may feel as if your heart skips a beat or has a noticeable...

5 Tips for Lowering Your Cholesterol Mar 27th, 2020

If you’re concerned about your cholesterol levels, there's a good reason. Heart disease kills more Americans each year (roughly 650,000) than any other health condition, and high cholesterol is a major risk factor.  Here at Metropolitan Cardiovascular Consultants, Dr. Ayim Djamson and our team encourage patients to learn about their...