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
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a condition that can lead to serious health problems, such as coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems.
Most people with high blood pressure are unaware, since the symptoms can stay below notice for years at a time. For this reason, it’s important to visit your doctor regularly for a general medical check-up.
When blood pressure reaches life-threatening levels, the following symptoms may be noticeable:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Pounding in the head or chest
- Sharp chest pains
Elevated blood pressure may be inherited or related to other factors including:
- Being overweight
- Diet high in saturated fat and/or sodium
- Excessive drinking
- Physical inactivity
- Being male
- High stress levels
You can manage your hypertension and lower your risk of stroke with lifestyle changes and medications prescribed by your cardiologist. So don't hesitate! Get checked for hypertension today.