Online Patient Education Library
Our team of cardiologists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating heart problems. Please use our patient education library to learn more about the services we offer and the conditions we treat. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.
The Web has a wealth of information on various topics that pertain to your health. Listed below are some websites that are great places to start to look for information on various health-related topics.
Prescription and Non-Prescription Drug Information:
- Los Alamos Council on Cancer
- American Cancer Society
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
- American Lung Association
- American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
- FDA Approved Oncology Drugs
Cardiovascular Disease Resources:
General Health Resources:
- Clinical Trials
- National Women’s Health Network http://nwhn.org/
- Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s
- Mayo Clinic
- National Health Council
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Family Doctor
- Family Doctor (en espanol)
In addition, I would like to recommend a few sites on the value of pet therapy.
“Research studies have shown that pets or companion animals are beneficial to people, including the elderly. These studies have concluded that all types of pets provide older persons with a sense of emotional and physical security; an opportunity for exchanges of affection; distraction from ones own problems; compensation for sensory loss; satisfaction of the need to touch and be touched, to smile and to laugh; a decrease in depression; and the incorporation of rhythm and structure into daily routine. The animals seem to provide a boundless measure of acceptance, adoration, attention and unconditional love.”
-Quoted from the April 2002 issue (Vol. 10, No. 4) of Clinical Geriatrics, “The Therapeutic Use of Companion Animals,” by Antonios Likourezos, MA, MPH, Orah R. Burack, MA, and Melinda S. Lantz, MD
Angina is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when heart muscles don't receive enough oxygen-rich blood flow. Symptoms of angina include a feeling of pressure or squeezing pain in the chest. The pain may also appear in the shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, upper abdomen or back.
Why Worry About Angina?
In many cases, angina is a sign of coronary artery disease, which occurs when the blood vessels leading to the heart are blocked and oxygen flow is decreased. When the heart is deprived of oxygen, chest pain is often a symptom.
Angina can be either 'stable' or 'unstable'. Stable angina has a predictable pattern, and can be more easily managed because you can determine what triggers the pain and how to relieve it. Unstable angina is less predictable and more severe. It may also be a warning sign of a heart attack. Remember, not all chest pain is angina. Always seek medical attention at the first sign of chest pain.
If you already have angina, you can help prevent symptoms by recognizing what triggers the condition. If you don’t have angina, preventing coronary artery disease may reduce your chance of getting it. Follow a healthy diet, exercise, quit smoking, manage your cholesterol and blood pressure, and maintain a healthy weight to fight heart disease and angina.