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Should I Worry About Palpitations? Nov 9th, 2022

You’ve probably experienced a heart-pounding moment or two. Maybe you spent time on a thrill ride at a local amusement park. Or maybe you jumped during a scary movie. While the occasional heart-pounding moment is nothing to worry about, when should you worry about palpitations? Palpitations are more than just...

How Does a Nuclear Stress Test Work? Oct 16th, 2022

Stress tests 一 sometimes called exercise tests 一 use an electrocardiogram (EKG) to assess how well your heart functions when you exercise. These exercises place stress on your heart and can reveal issues that aren’t always visible when your heart’s at rest. Understandably, the results of stress tests are useful for diagnosing heart...

Is an Irregular Heartbeat Dangerous? Sep 1st, 2022

Electrocardiograms (EKG) are noninvasive, painless tests that reveal information about your heart. The EKG reading can provide information about your heart rate and rhythm, if you’ve had a previous heart attack, and if there’s adequate blood flow reaching your heart. It can also tell you if you have an irregular...

The Link Between Pregnancy and Varicose Veins Aug 8th, 2022

Varicose veins aren’t exclusive to pregnancy, but pregnancy can contribute to the development of varicose veins. About 40% of expectant mothers develop varicose veins. But what is it about pregnancy that makes vein issues more common?  Below, Dr. Henock Saint-Jaques explores the link between pregnancy and varicose veins 一 and what you can do if...

8 Ways to Prevent High Blood Pressure Jul 1st, 2022

Your blood pressure is the force at which your blood travels through your blood vessels. Both low blood pressure and high blood pressure can cause problems. Low blood pressure might make you faint, feel nauseous, have blurry vision, or feel light-headed.  High blood pressure, sometimes called hypertension, might not cause any symptoms....

All About Stress EKGs Jun 1st, 2022

Stress tests go by many names: cardiac stress test, stress EKG, exercise test, and exercise stress test. Regardless of what name you call it, this test shows how hard your heart works during physical activity.  Dr. Henock Saint-Jaques may use stress electrocardiograms (EKGs) to help diagnose coronary artery disease, to monitor the...

What to Do When You Notice Signs of a Stroke May 1st, 2022

Strokes happen when blood flow to the brain is compromised either by a clot or a ruptured artery. According to the American Stroke Association, strokes are the fifth leading cause of death, and the longer the brain is deprived of oxygen, the more complications can arise. In other words, when...

4 Ways Exercise Can Improve Your Heart Health Apr 7th, 2022

The American Heart Association recommends that adults aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. The benefits of exercise are seemingly endless. It boosts your mood, helps fight anxiety and depression, lowers cortisol, improves mental clarity, helps you sleep better at night, reduces your risk of strokes, and helps you improve your...

Can Anxiety Cause Heart Problems? Mar 8th, 2022

The relationship between depression and heart disease has been studied for decades. This relationship is a “two-way street” in which depression can exacerbate heart disease and vice versa. But what about anxiety? Can anxiety disorder create the same type of heart problems as depression?  As a board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Henock Saint-Jaques and his team of...

How Does Sleep Loss Impact Cardiovascular Health? Feb 7th, 2022

A good night of sleep is more than just “beauty rest.” Getting good sleep is linked to your mental wellness and your physical health. Inadequate sleep increases brain fog and mood swings, weakens your immune system, and takes a toll on your cardiovascular health 一 even raising your blood pressure. ...

5 Cardiovascular Conditions You Can Prevent or Reverse Jan 13th, 2022

It goes without saying that your heart is one of your most important organs, and the thought of something wrong with your heart can be overwhelming. Although heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, many cardiovascular conditions can be prevented or even reversed. As...

How Does Sodium Impact Blood Pressure? Dec 13th, 2021

Left untreated, high blood pressure can cause serious and life-threatening cardiac events. The good news is that blood pressure can often be improved with lifestyle modifications, such as dietary changes, stress management, and regular exercise. One of the most important dietary changes you can make to lower your blood pressure...

5 Tips for Heart-Healthy Holidays Nov 14th, 2021

Preparing for the holidays often involves plenty of shopping on Fifth Avenue, planning meticulous menus, and decorating your home. But you should also prepare your heart for the busyness of the holiday season. Holiday heart syndrome is a real condition that highlights the stress that the holiday season puts on...

Am I at Risk for Developing Varicose Veins? Oct 13th, 2021

Varicose veins are notorious for causing discolored, enlarged veins. While they are often a cosmetic concern, untreated varicose veins can also cause other problems like aches, heaviness, and even increased risk for blood clots. Thankfully, varicose vein treatments here at Harlem Cardiology in East Harlem, New York can eliminate the...

7 Telltale Signs of a Stroke Sep 16th, 2021

Strokes, sometimes called “brain attacks,” happen when blood flow to your brain is compromised. If you’re having a stroke, every minute counts: Swift treatment can potentially save your life. But how do you know if you or a loved one are having a stroke? Below, Dr. Henock Saint-Jaques and his...

Could One of These Be the Cause of Your High Blood Pressure? Aug 17th, 2021

Because high blood pressure doesn’t usually cause symptoms, it’s often referred to as a silent killer. High blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack and stroke, but thankfully, high blood pressure is easily detected with a sphygmomanometer.  Once high blood pressure is confirmed, it’s essential to safely lower your...

What Is a Stress Test? Jul 22nd, 2021

You might benefit from an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a stress test if you have symptoms of heart disease or if you have a history of heart disease. Dr. Henock Saint-Jacques can use the results of your stress test to see if your symptoms (such as shortness of breath) are related...

Heart Attack Vs. Heartburn Jun 29th, 2021

Severe heartburn and heart attacks can both cause chest discomfort, but knowing which one you’re dealing with can potentially save your life. As a highly experienced cardiologist, Dr. Henock Saint-Jacques diagnoses the cause of your chest pain and recommends the appropriate treatment.  Because some causes of chest pain can require...

The Impact of Stress on Your Heart May 18th, 2021

Stress is a common factor in nearly everyone’s life, but how often you experience stress (and how severe it is) can take a toll on your body. Stomach aches, headaches, and muscle tension are common physical responses to stress.  As an experienced cardiologist, Dr. Henock Saint-Jacques wants you to know...

Myths and Facts About Strokes Apr 14th, 2021

Blocked arteries are known for causing two medical emergencies: heart attacks and strokes. While a heart attack occurs when an artery leading to the heart is blocked, a stroke occurs when an artery leading to the brain is blocked. Because of this connection, strokes are sometimes called brain attacks. Unfortunately,...

Are Heart Murmurs Dangerous? Mar 9th, 2021

Heart murmurs aren’t always dangerous, but they can (but not always) indicate an underlying heart condition. As an experienced cardiologist, Dr. Henock Saint-Jacques can diagnose and treat heart murmurs — and any underlying heart conditions that contributed to the development of your murmur. In this article, we’ll explore what heart...

The Dangers of High Blood Pressure Feb 12th, 2021

High blood pressure affects nearly 67 million Americans, but unfortunately, 31 million of those don’t have their hypertension managed, increasing their risk of developing complications from high blood pressure. As an experienced cardiologist, Dr. Henock Saint-Jacques can help you manage your blood pressure levels through medication and lifestyle modifications. If...

Understanding the Different Treatments for Your Varicose Veins Jan 13th, 2021

Varicose veins are notorious for causing twisted, bulging veins on your legs. These problematic veins don’t just cause cosmetic concerns, though. They frequently cause aches, heaviness, and, if left untreated, can lead to other problems like ulcers. Whether you’re dealing with varicose veins that hurt, or you simply just don’t...

3 Subtle Heart Attack Symptoms Women Should Never Ignore Dec 10th, 2020

Chest pain is perhaps the most well-known heart attack symptom, but it’s not the only one ― especially for women. Women may experience more subtle symptoms that are often mistakenly attributed to other conditions. Regardless of what types of symptoms you have,  Dr. Henock Saint-Jacques of Harlem Cardiology knows that...

Are Heart Palpitations Dangerous? Nov 10th, 2020

Feeling your heart skip can make you think something is wrong with your heart, and that’s a worrying feeling. Heart palpitations are very common, and, usually, they are nothing to worry about. However, heart palpitations can be a sign of a more serious condition, so it’s always a good idea...

These Things Increase Your Risk for Varicose Veins Oct 7th, 2020

Almost 35% of Americans have varicose veins, according to the Society of Vascular Surgery. If you’re one of the 35%, you might experience anything from achiness to skin discoloration to itchy skin.  Dr. Henock Saint-Jacques of Harlem Cardiology understands the complexities of varicose veins — and that they aren’t just...

The Link Between Hypertension and Heart Failure Sep 18th, 2020

High blood pressure is often dubbed “the silent killer” because you don’t feel the effects of high blood pressure. Unless you have regular blood pressure readings, it’s nearly impossible to know you’ve got hypertension. High blood pressure can develop slowly over the years, and if it’s left untreated, it can...

8 Symptoms of a Heart Murmur Aug 21st, 2020

Normally, your heartbeat makes a two-beat sound similar to “lub-DUP.” According to Mayo Clinic, the “lub-DUP” noise is the sound of your valves opening and closing.  However, sometimes turbulent blood flow can cause a whooshing noise too. If whooshing or swishing (i.e., the sound of your blood flowing) is heard...

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...