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3 Common Vein Problems Jul 1st, 2022

When it comes to vein problems, varicose veins and spider veins are typically the first issues that come to mind. Those issues are certainly common, but they’re not the only vein problems that can happen. Knowing other common vein issues — and the symptoms they can cause — can help...

How Stress Affects Your Heart Jun 1st, 2022

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. In fact, every 36 seconds, cardiovascular disease claims 1 more life in the United States. That’s roughly 3600 heart disease-related deaths every hour. If you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease or if you’ve...

Help Others Improve Their Heart Health by Participating in a Clinical Trial May 1st, 2022

There are literally thousands of FDA-approved drugs and medical devices available in the United States, and more are approved every year. To get that approval, every drug and device is subjected to rigorous testing during a multi-step clinical testing process that relies on people just like you. The testing process...

Telltale Signs You're Having a Heart Attack Apr 1st, 2022

We’ve all seen it in movies: The classic heart attack victim, clutching their chest and collapsing to the floor. But while chest pain is a common heart attack symptom, it’s not the only one — and many heart attacks happen without significant discomfort.  Nearly a million Americans have heart attacks...

7 Things That May Be Causing Your Vein Condition Mar 1st, 2022

Millions of Americans suffer from vein problems, including varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, and chronic venous insufficiency. Although everyone knows vein health is important, plenty of people have no idea what causes vein problems or if they’re at risk for vein disease. With locations in Glendale, Goodyear, Anthem, and Canyon...

How to Lower Your Risk for Heart Disease Feb 1st, 2022

More than 30 million Americans have heart disease, the most common cause of death for both women and men. In fact, the CDC says that of every four deaths in the United States, one is due to heart disease.  Heart disease includes a variety of problems that affect the heart,...

How Nuclear Medicine Works Jan 1st, 2022

More than 30 million Americans have heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Many types of heart disease can be treated or even prevented. The key is diagnosing heart problems early, so treatment can begin as soon as possible. At Phoenix Heart, PLLC, our team uses...

The Dangers of Being Obese Dec 1st, 2021

About three-quarters of American adults are overweight, according to data from the CDC. Of those, more than half meet or exceed the criteria for obesity, and almost 10% are defined as severely obese. Being overweight is nothing to be ashamed of — but it is something you should be concerned...

How Ultrasounds Have Changed Over the Years Nov 1st, 2021

Ultrasound may be best known for its use during pregnancy to monitor the health of both the mother and the unborn baby. But advanced ultrasound technology has a lot of other uses in many other areas of medicine — including cardiology. At Phoenix Heart, our team of skilled cardiologists uses...

The Link Between Cholesterol and Heart Problems Oct 3rd, 2021

If you’re like most people, you probably know too much cholesterol is “bad” for your health — but do you know why? If not, it’s a good idea to learn how cholesterol levels affect your heart health and your overall health, too.  As a leading cardiology practice in Arizona, Phoenix...

Life After a Heart Attack Sep 1st, 2021

A heart attack is a serious — even life-threatening — event, so it’s not surprising that after a heart attack, many people are left wondering how to move forward and live their normal, day-to-day lives. The good news: With just a little planning and care, most people lead long, productive...

Are There Any Cardiology Risks Associated With the COVID-19 Vaccination? Aug 15th, 2021

If you have a heart ailment, you know how important it is to take your medicine — and to make sure the medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you take don’t exacerbate your condition. It’s not uncommon, then, to have some questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and its potential effects on...

Warning Signs of DVT Jul 6th, 2021

Nearly a million Americans suffer from deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, putting them at risk of serious and even life-threatening complications. Yet, because DVT can be difficult to spot early on, many people who have deep vein thrombosis don’t get the treatment they need to prevent those complications. Our team...

Benefits of Participating in a Cardiovascular Clinical Trial Jun 8th, 2021

Well over 100,000 clinical trials are conducted each year in the United States, and each of those studies contributes to a better understanding of medical conditions and treatments. Of course, clinical trials couldn’t take place if not for the patients who participate.  At Phoenix Heart, our research team has been...

Classic vs. Lesser Known Signs of a Heart Attack May 1st, 2021

By the time you’re halfway through this blog post, someone in the United States will have had a heart attack. According to the CDC, a heart attack happens every 40 seconds on average, affecting more than 800,000 Americans every year. Of course, seeking treatment at the first sign of a...

When to Consider Intravascular Ultrasound Apr 1st, 2021

Nearly everyone knows ultrasound can be used to monitor the growth and development of an unborn baby. But did you know it can help diagnose and treat blood vessel problems, too? For decades, intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) has been used in people with coronary artery disease (CAD) — the most common...

Mitral Valve Repair With MitraClip Therapy: What to Expect Mar 11th, 2021

Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day on average, circulating the equivalent of about 2,000 gallons of blood each and every day. To accomplish that, your heart uses a series of valves that open and close in a specific way to keep blood moving in one direction. If a...

How High Thyroid Levels Affect the Heart Jan 31st, 2021

More than 30 million Americans — about 1 out of every 8 adults — have been diagnosed with heart disease, the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States. While high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels are major contributors to those numbers, what many people...

Signs of Severe Hypertension Jan 13th, 2021

High blood pressure (or hypertension) is one of the most common medical problems in the United States, affecting about half of all American adults, according to the CDC. Yet, they say only a quarter of those diagnosed with hypertension have the condition under control, leaving them at risk for serious...

What Happens During a Nuclear Stress Test? Dec 1st, 2020

There’s something about combining the words “nuclear” and “stress” that just doesn’t instill good vibes — at least, not at first glance. But a “nuclear stress test” is actually a very good thing. It can play a vital role in diagnosing and managing many types of cardiovascular disease, including coronary...

Little-Known Signs of a Heart Attack Nov 1st, 2020

A man clutches his chest as he lets out a loud, distressed gasp. Soon, his legs start to give out and he leans on something for support. Everyone around the man realizes the obvious — he’s having a heart attack and needs immediate medical attention. Although some heart attacks do...

Are Varicose Veins Dangerous? Oct 1st, 2020

Have you noticed bluish veins near the surface of your skin or the skin of a loved one? Although many people have visible veins on their wrist, arms, neck, or head, the sudden appearance of new veins might certainly be surprising or startling. Thankfully, most people who develop varicose veins...

Diagnosing Your Arrhythmia With an Electrophysiology Study Sep 3rd, 2020

Is there a more classic horror movie trope than the electricity in the old mansion going out at the worst time possible? These movies take a lot of liberties, but the probability that an old house could have electrical issues are actually pretty high. As it turns out, your body...

Recognizing the Early Signs of Peripheral Artery Disease Aug 13th, 2020

It’s a simple fact of life that certain tasks and movements become harder as you age. Sometimes even the most mundane tasks become more difficult or painful. For example, you may not be able to turn your head as far or may need more time to get up from the...

Is Heatstroke a Real Danger? Jul 9th, 2020

Let’s face it. Arizona, and the Phoenix area, in particular, are hot. Desert living has many perks: plentiful sunshine, temperate winters, and, even in the summer, relatively cool mornings. Yet on the flip side, temperatures soar once the sun starts to get high in the sky. In fact, the average...

Depression After a Heart Attack: Finding Hope and Healing Jun 12th, 2020

When it comes to heart attacks, all of the information out there seems centered around preventing a heart attack and what to do if you believe you’re having one. This isn’t without reason — prevention is an integral part of any kind of medicine and the ability to recognize the...

Keeping the Nation's Heroes Heart Strong Jun 3rd, 2020

Cardiovascular disease takes more lives of women than all of the cancers combined. Dr. Gomes discusses the early warning signs and symptoms for women with a focus on our military personnel.   For more information, you can read this article, from the American Heart Association.    Article Here

Why Does My Heart Race? May 26th, 2020

We all feel our hearts race from time to time. It’s nearly impossible to go through life without experiencing a few situations that make your heart skip a few beats or pump quicker and harder than normal. You may experience such a feeling after a hard workout, on your wedding...

Back Pain: Could it be Your Heart? Apr 21st, 2020

When you think about the warning signs of a heart attack, your mind probably goes to some of the most common issues patients experience: shortness of breath, chest pain, and nausea. Back pain may not even pop up on your radar when you’re worried about your heart health. After all,...

Angioplasty and Stenting: Helping Your Vascular Disease Mar 5th, 2020

When someone says vascular disease, you probably don’t think of it as the number one cause of death globally. According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases, which include vascular disease, represent 31% of all global deaths, or about 17.9 million people every year. Additionally, one-third of deaths caused by...

Low Cholesterol Foods You Can Add to Your Diet for a Healthier Lifestyle Feb 21st, 2020

Keto. Whole30. Atkins. South Beach. Paleo. Mediterranean. There are a lot of diets out there that say they promote a healthy lifestyle. Whether they cut carbs, processed foods, or something else, every diet maintains that it will both improve your physique and your general health. Despite this, many have their...

What to Expect During Your Stress Echocardiogram Jan 1st, 2020

We use stress echocardiograms, also known as stress echoes, to check up on how well your heart functions under pressure. Under safe and supervised conditions, you exercise to raise your heart rate and get your blood pumping rapidly, giving your care team important insights into your overall cardiac health.  At...

Is Stress Causing Your High Blood Pressure? Dec 1st, 2019

If you’ve heard the phrase “Know your numbers,” at your doctor’s office, he’s likely referring to being on top of things like your cholesterol, body mass index, and blood pressure, which all boil down to a combination of digits. These numerical readings influence your overall health and risk for disease. ...

What's Causing Your Chest Pain? Nov 1st, 2019

Chest pain, especially severe chest pain, can be frightening. It’s important to know why your chest hurts so you can recognize when you’re experiencing an emergency situation. Our team at Phoenix Heart wants you to learn about the different causes of chest pain, when you should be concerned about the...

Obesity and Your Heart: Why Weight Loss Could Save Your Life Oct 1st, 2019

As recently as 2016, nearly 40% of American adults were affected by obesity. Three years later, cardiovascular disease (heart disease) was the leading cause of death in America. This may all sound morbid, but understanding the relationship between obesity and your heart could save your life — or the lives...

Here's How Your Cholesterol Levels Affect Your Heart Sep 1st, 2019

You need a certain amount of cholesterol for overall health and wellness, but when cholesterol levels get too high, they can negatively impact nearly every system in your body. It’s important to understand how high cholesterol levels affect your heart, especially because in the United States, 95 million adults have...

Recovering from a Heart Attack Aug 6th, 2019

Recovering from a heart attack requires a lot of work. Physically, your body has to regain strength and return to good health. Mentally, you may be overwhelmed by all the information and instructions you’ve received since the event. Emotionally, you may feel scared about the possibility of another heart attack. ...

What Women Should Know About Their Heart Health Jul 10th, 2019

Your heart may be the strongest muscle in your body, but it’s more vulnerable than you may realize. One out of four women die every year due to heart disease, and many of them never had any warning signs. To the team at Phoenix Heart, nothing’s more important than the...

Weight Loss and Its Effect on Your Heart Jun 13th, 2019

Every 34 seconds, someone dies of a heart attack in the United States. Coronary artery disease — when  fat and cholesterol plaque build up and narrow your arteries — is one of the primary causes of those heart attacks. It happens when a piece of plaque breaks off and blocks...

How An Atrial Fibrillation Screening Can Help You Prevent a Stroke May 16th, 2019

Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) affects at least 2.2 million people in the United States, and most of them don’t know they have it because the condition can be tricky to diagnose. Men and women don’t usually ask their doctors about A-fib because the symptoms are often so mild that they go...

Is Angina a Precursor to a Heart Attack? Apr 1st, 2019

Angina is one of the signs of a heart attack and should be taken seriously. But what happens when you have angina that lasts for just a few minutes and resolves with rest? Do you still need to see the doctor? Yes. And what exactly is angina? Because angina is...

5 Important Things to Know About a Stress Test Mar 1st, 2019

A cardiac stress test determines how well your cardiovascular system (your heart and blood vessels) works when you exercise and when you’re at rest. At Phoenix Heart, we administer three types of stress tests: Electrocardiogram (EKG) or exercise stress test Stress echocardiogram Nuclear stress test During all three tests, you...

Beyond Salt: Lifestyle Solutions for High Blood Pressure Feb 7th, 2019

Modifying your lifestyle plays a key role in lowering high blood pressure, which is a serious health concern. Roughly 75 million Americans have high blood pressure, and many more have numbers that are higher than normal but not classified as high blood pressure. Despite the health consequences of having high...