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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...