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Closing Holes

  • Posted Dec 06, 2010
  • Vicente Font, MD, FACP, FCCP, FACC

In his blog post, Vicente Font, MD explains PFO (patent foramen ovale) and discusses the study, CLOSURE I: Safety and Efficacy of the STARFlex Septal Closure System vs. Best Medical Therapy in Patients With a Stroke or TIA due to Presumed Paradoxical Embolism Through a PFO. The study was conducted to determine whether closure of a PFO through a catheter-based closure is more successful than medical therapy in preventing stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) among patients who suffered a stroke from an unknown cause or a TIA.  Click here to find out: Closing Holes.

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Fat Deficiency?

  • Posted Dec 03, 2010
  • Charles D. Russo, MD, FACC


In his blog post, Charles Russo, MD, FACC educates our overweight culture about fat and explains what percentage of our diet should consist of fat.  He outlines the three types of fat, their benefits, and their sources.  Click here to read Dr. Russo's full blog post: Fat Deficiency?


Time to Change Insurance? Ok, But How Do You Choose Your Cardiologist?

  • Posted Nov 24, 2010
  • Vicente Font, MD, FACP, FCCP, FACC

In his blog post, Vicente Font, MD explains what cardiologists do, their training, the difference between MD's and DO's and offers advice on how to find the right Cardiologist for you.  He suggests ways to find more information and questions you might want answered when choosing your cardiologist.  Click here to read the full blog post:  Time to Change Insurance? Ok, But How Do You Choose Your Cardiologist?


Post Traumatic Stress Ups Heart Disease Risk in Vets

  • Posted Nov 22, 2010
  • Vicente Font, MD, FACP, FCCP, FACC

Vicente Font, MD (commissioned offier in the Medical Corps, U.S. Army Reserve) discusses his experiences in Iraq and the increased cardiovascular risk factors in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  He emphasizes the need to focus on early detection and management of these heart disease risk factors in veterans with PTSD to help improve these risks.  Click here to read Post Traumatic Stress Ups Heart Disease Risk in Vets.


The Fountain of Youth

  • Posted Nov 19, 2010
  • Charles D. Russo, MD, FACC

Charles Russo, MD's blog post discusses people's tendencies to find short cuts in their attempts to live longer or stay healthy and feel younger.  Before you spend your money on what he calls "pseudo-science," read his blog to find the healthier way to achieve longevity.  Click here to read The Fountain of Youth.


Cardiology Associates of Fort Lauderdale

  • Posted Nov 15, 2010
  • Vicente Font, MD, FACP, FCCP, FACC

After joining the Holy Cross Medical Group this past October, we wanted to take the opportunity to share our experience and knowledge with the community of which we have been blessed to serve for over 25 years.  We are pleased to participate in this electronic public forum.  Through this blog, we would like to continue reaching out to patients and provide them with important and relevant information about cardiology practice or procedure and follow the activities of the doctors.  Our goal is to offer an entirely noncommercial source of information, with no financial ties or relationships with industry, in a way that will allow our cardiologists to discuss topics of common interest between themselves and the readers.

Most people know that heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in this country.  However, when you think of heart disease, people usually think of coronary artery disease (narrowing of the arteries leading to the heart).  In actuality, coronary artery disease is only one type of cardiovascular disease.  In fact, cardiovascular disease includes a number of conditions affecting the structures or functions of the heart.

They can include:
• Coronary artery disease (including heart attack and angina)
• Abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmias
• Congenital heart disease
• Pericardial disease
• Diseases of the aorta and other vascular conditions (blood vessel disease)
• Heart valve disease
• Heart failure
• Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)

It is important for you to learn about the heart to help prevent heart disease.  It is also vital to know about the risk factors that can lead to this common disease, particularly atherosclerosis (the process of hardening of the arteries and buildup of plaque).  You want to improve your heart health and we want to help.
On that note, I leave you all with the hope that our patients and readers will enjoy the blog.  So, stay tuned for good stuff coming soon.  I invite you to follow us and contact us at www.cardiology-associates.com for any of your cardiac needs.

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