Blog Archive

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...