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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep venous thrombosis, (DVT) is the formation of a blood clot (thrombus) in a deep vein, predominantly in the legs. There are two types of veins in the leg; superficial veins and deep veins. Superficial veins lie just below the skin and are easily seen on the surface. Deep veins

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Leg Edema

Leg edema is a result of excess interstitial fluid accumulating in one or both legs. It may affect just the foot and ankle or extend to the thigh and may be slight or dramatic and pitting or nonpitting. Leg edema may result from venous disorders, trauma, and certain bone and

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Intro to Varicose Veins

Vein care can range from small, unsightly spider veins that appear just under your skin to more serious conditions like Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or Phlebitis that can jeopardize your life. It’s not just skin deep. You’re probably familiar with the outward appearance of issues such as varicose veins, lumpy

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cardiac stress test: patient taking a stress test on a treadmill

Cardiac Stress Test (Treadmill Test)

The test evaluates the heart’s response to exercise. This test can diagnose coronary artery disease, monitor heart rhythms and evaluate exercise capacity.   What to Expect This stress test involves walking on a treadmill, gradually increasing the speed and incline at which you walk. Preparation There is no preparation for

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Managing My Condition

Heart failure management is a team effort, and you are the star quarterback. Your heart doctor or nurse will prescribe your medications and counsel you regarding the best decisions to make for your condition. Other team members, including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise specialists and social workers, will help you achieve

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implantable cardioverter defibrillator

Defibrillators (ICDs)

An Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) is like a pacemaker in that it is an implanted, battery-operated device. This device constantly monitors the heart rate and rhythm and will deliver an electrical shock to re-establish a normal heart rhythm if it senses a life-threatening rhythm disturbance.   Patients who may need

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echocardiography test image


An echocardiogram uses ultrasound waves to create an image of the heart and track the pattern of the blood flow through the heart. It can provide a wealth of helpful information, including the size and shape of the heart (internal chamber size quantification), pumping capacity, and the location and extent

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electrophysiology study in progress

Electrophysiology Studies

An EP study helps your physician locate areas within the heart that may be causing an abnormal rhythm. What to Expect A catheter is inserted through your groin and guided through your artery up into your heart. The physician can send impulses to stimulate the heart, allowing the physician to

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image of electrocardiogram test result

Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)

An electrocardiogram records the heart’s electrical activity. This test can show abnormalities in the heart rhythm and rate. It can also detect if a past heart attack has occurred or is occurring. Twelve-lead EKG of a 26-year-old male What to Expect Small sticky patches are applied to the skin and

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remote monitoring of pacemakers and icds: physician reviewing iPad

EP Remote Monitoring

Remote monitoring is the latest technology-driven advance in medicine providing patients safe, quality healthcare while reducing costs and providing convenience to our patients. Electrophysiological advances allow patients with implantable defibrillators (ICDs), pacemakers, and implantable cardiac monitors to be monitored with fewer office visits.   What to Expect These monitor systems

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