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Healthy Living!All of our physicians are board certified cardiologists that are also A.C.L.S. Certified (Advanced Cardiac Life Support.) Eastside Cardiology will be able to provide complete cardiology services including non-invasive cardiology.

Our concentrations include treatment and control of high-blood pressure, high-blood cholesterol, and coronary artery disease.

What is coronary artery disease?
What is a myocardial perfusion imaging stress test?
What is high-blood cholesterol and how can it be lowered?
What are the signs and symptoms of high-blood pressure?
What are the postoperative cardiac catherization instructions?


 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is coronary artery disease?  Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is caused by inadequate blood supply to the heart, usually caused by blocked arteries.

What is myocardial perfusion imaging stress test? 
Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Stress Test is usually done in Nuclear Medicine Departments or Cardiac Clinics. They may perform the test on an outpatient or inpatient basis. The test involves two injections of a small amount of radioactive material, which circulates in the bloodstream and shows if your heart muscle is receiving adequate blood supply under stress and/or rest conditions. The radioactive injection is a clear liquid called Myoview. Another material, which could also be used, is called Thallium.  More

What is high-blood cholesterol and how can it be lowered?  The American Heart Association defines Cholesterol as a soft, fat like substance that is found in your body's cells. It is also found in some animal based foods. The cholesterol and saturated fats you eat may raise your blood cholesterol. Having too much cholesterol in your blood may lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

Cholesterol and fat are a part of a family of molecules called lipids. Fat and cholesterol are packaged with protein to form lipoproteins, which can travel through the blood stream. These lipoproteins are made up of low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). LDL caries cholesterol to different parts of the body, and HDL returns cholesterol left in the blood vessels to the liver.

TARGET CHOLESTEROL
<200 Desirable
200-239 Borderline High
>240 High

LDL CHOLESTEROL
<100 Optimal
100-129 Near Optimal
130-159 Borderline High
160-189 High
>190 Very High
HDL CHOLESTEROL
<40 Low
>60 High

Lifestyle changes to lower cholesterol in the blood:
Eat low fat, low cholesterol, and high fiber diet.
Lose weight if needed.
Decrease intake of high fat foods.
Exercise regularly.
Ask physician about cholesterol lowering medications.

What is high-blood pressure?  High blood pressure also known as hypertension, is when the pressure in your arteries is consistently above the normal range. Systolic blood pressure represents the top number which is when the heartbeats. The bottom number or diastolic pressure is when the heart is at rest.

According to the American Heart Association not treating high blood pressure is dangerous and can lead to multi-system health problems. Associated risks are Stroke, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, or Kidney Failure. A blood pressure of 140/90 or higher is considered to be elevated and should be evaluated by a physician. You can live a healthier life if you treat it and control it.

Risk factors for high blood pressure include:

  • Family history

  • Obesity

  • Increased age

  • Smoking

  • Alcoholic drinking

  • African American origin

Signs and Symptoms of High Blood Pressure:
There may be no signs of an increased blood pressure. Associated symptoms of severely high blood pressure may include: headache, blurred vision, fatigue or dizziness. The best way to assess if you have high blood pressure is to get it checked by your doctor regularly. If you monitor your own blood pressure it is important to use the same arm for readings and obtain results approximately the same time of day.

Prevention of High Blood Pressure:
Eat a healthy well balanced diet
Lose weight if necessary
Smoking Cessation
Limit alcohol use
Exercise regularly
Take medications as prescribed
Be aware of your current blood pressure and know what it should be.

What are the postoperative cardiac catherization instructions?  Upon discharge from a cardiac catherization you will receive detailed written instructions from the doctor regarding follow-up care, medication changes and restrictions. Standard discharge instructions include:

  • Resume all medications unless otherwise ordered.

  • No heavy lifting, pushing or pulling over 10 pounds for 1 week.

  • No driving for 3 days post catherization.

  • Observe groin site for increased bruising or pain. There may be a small hard area at puncture site (size of pea or walnut) that is normal. However, if area becomes larger or pain increases please call the office at 586-775-4594 if not available seek medical attention.

  • Call office upon discharge to make follow-up appointment with the doctor in 2-4 weeks.

  • If any questions regarding your post-catherization procedure please call the office to speak to the APN Linda or Julia at any time Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.



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