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Should I be concerned when I have chest pain?

Author: Dr. Jagwinder S. Sraow Answer: The simple answer is: Yes – always. Chest pain is an important symptom of heart attack, but not the only symptom. The other symptoms include chest pressure or discomfort, pain or discomfort in other parts of the body, including the arms, back, neck, jaw, [...]

April 28th, 2016|Ask the Experts|

Why is an Elevated Blood Pressure in the lungs Dangerous?

Author: Dr. Estela Apolinar Answer: Pulmonary HTN is high blood pressure involving the vessels that carry blood from the heart to the lungs. These vessels can become scarred and constricted, thereby making it difficult for the heart to pump blood through them. The pressure the heart must exert to pump [...]

April 26th, 2016|Ask the Experts|

Can young, healthy athletes suddenly die?

Author: Dr. Bashar Markabawi Answer: Sudden death is usually defined as an unexpected death in people younger than 35, unrelated to trauma or violence due to heart problems. Fortunately, this is a relatively low occurrence. Sudden death accounts for 1/200,000 annual deaths or 10-25 death per year. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is [...]

April 22nd, 2016|Ask the Experts|

What is Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery?

Author: Dr. Michael Kralik Answer: During the course of our lifetime, we accumulate plaque and blockages inside of our arteries. This aging process is accelerated if we are overweight if we smoke cigarettes, if our blood pressure is elevated, or if we suffer from diabetes. Blockages inside the arteries can [...]

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