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Cardiology and COVID-19:What You Should Know Jul 30th, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals with underlying health conditions are at a higher risk of experiencing complications associated with COVID-19. This includes heart disease, coronary artery disease, and cardiomyopathies. As researchers continue to learn more about the virus, they have discovered that the virus...

Recognizing the Early Signs of Peripherial Artery Disease Jun 25th, 2020

Peripheral artery disease — often called just PAD — affects as many as 12 million adults. That’s about 1 in 20 adults over the age of 50 who struggle with clogged veins in the legs. As with clogged veins in the heart, clogged veins are very serious and can increase...

Is Heart Failure Reversible? May 27th, 2020

Over 65 million Americans have heart failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While you might suspect that heart failure has symptoms similar to heart attack, that’s not the case. The most common symptoms for heart failure include swelling in the legs or abdomen, shortness of breath...

What an EKG Can Reveal About Your Heart Health Apr 23rd, 2020

Did you know that your heartbeat is triggered by an electrical impulse? According to the experts at Mayo Clinic, specific cells — dubbed pacemaker cells — create electrical impulses in the upper right chamber of your heart. While this is a cool fact all by itself, it also explains how...

How to Protect Your Heart From Atrial Fibrillation Mar 17th, 2020

Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, that affects nearly 3-6 million people in the United States. Also known as AFib or AF, atrial fibrillation can increase your risk of stroke, heart failure, and other heart conditions. Fortunately, there are steps you can take...

Palpitations: What to Do When Your Heart Skips a Beat Feb 4th, 2020

Sometimes your heart skips a beat, and it’s not because you’re in love. Should you be concerned about heart palpitations that suddenly occur out of nowhere?  There are many reasons your heart may skip a beat, or palpitate, and not all of them are serious. At Harlem Cardiology on Madison...

Do You Have a Heart Murmur and Not Know It? Check Your Symptoms Jan 9th, 2020

You might be surprised to learn that heart murmurs are quite common. Many people are born with a heart murmur or develop one during childhood, and then outgrow it in adulthood. Others live with a heart murmur all their lives and never even realize it.  These “innocent” heart murmurs, as...

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

Do you struggle with stress on a regular basis? Are you worried about how this stress can affect your overall health? Because high-pressure situations can raise your blood pressure, it’s important to be aware of how your health can potentially be at risk. Dr. Henock Saint-Jacques has years of experience providing...

How Women Experience Heart Attacks Differently Nov 1st, 2019

Heart disease is the top cause of death in both women and men in the United States. It’s important to seek out medical attention immediately if you suspect you’re having a heart attack. Symptoms of a heart attack are different in women than men, so women might not realize they’re...

Varicose Veins Aren’t Just a Cosmetic Issue Oct 1st, 2019

23 percent of Americans suffer from unsightly varicose veins. Are you one of them? For most people, the bulging, twisted appearance of these bumpy veins is their top concern. Which leads them to cover up their legs and avoid places where their legs are exposed, like the beach or pool. ...

8 Lifestyle Tips for Lowering Your Cholesterol Sep 1st, 2019

Finding out that you have high LDL cholesterol means that you have to get serious about your health. When your LDL levels are elevated to more than 130, cholesterol accumulates in your arteries. This leads to potentially life-threatening conditions, including: Atherosclerosis Heart disease Heart attack  Stroke Chest pain Luckily, in...

Who Should Have a Stress Test and How Often? Aug 1st, 2019

Heart problems aren’t always visible when the heart is in a resting state. A stress test involves a monitored exercise session that helps find the cause of problematic heart symptoms or determine if you may require more extensive treatments for your heart condition, such as surgery.  At Harlem Cardiology on...

Millions of Americans Have High Blood Pressure and Don't Know it Jul 16th, 2019

Two-thirds of the adult population in the United States is dealing with some form of high blood pressure, whether it’s the slightly elevated stage of prehypertension or the elevated stage of full hypertension. Of those with high blood pressure, almost half of them have no control over the condition.  Since...

Why are People Who are in Their 50s Having Strokes? Jun 12th, 2019

At 50-something, you may feel invincible, but strokes can strike at any age. While the elderly still have a corner on the market, more and more younger folks are succumbing to strokes these days. In fact, it’s the third-leading cause of death in the United States, and 25% of stroke...