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Coronavirus and Your Heart: What You Need to Know

COVID-19 is a viral infection that attacks the lower lungs, resulting in flu-like symptoms including fever, coughing and shortness of breath in cases that are more severe. While the majority of those who contract the disease, commonly known as Coronavirus, will suffer mild effects, for the elderly and those with ongoing health issues, the virus […]

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Understanding the MitraClip Procedure

By Iosif Kelesidis, MD, MSc  WC Premier Heart and Vascular Center, North Lakeland Mitral insufficiency is the leaking of blood in the mitral valve of the heart and can be treated with open-heart surgery or an alternative procedure known as MitraClip or Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair. While it is a relatively new procedure, more than […]

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What to Expect during Your TAVR Procedure

By Rajesh Lall, MD, FACC Premier Heart and Vascular Center, South Lakeland When you are diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis, the most common alternative and less invasive procedure that may be suggested to you is the TAVR procedure. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is also known as TAVI, which is an acronym for Transcatheter Aortic […]

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Understanding Heart Valve Disease

By Vikas Soma, MD, FACC Premier Heart and Vascular Center, Wesley Chapel Heart valve disease is a name given to conditions in which one or more of your four heart valves don’t function properly. If your valves do not open or close properly, the blood flow from your heart to the rest of the body […]

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How Folic Acid Levels Affect Your Heart

By Ketul Chauhan, MD, FACC Premier Heart and Vascular Center, Zephyrhills Folate is a B vitamin and an essential part of our diet; it can be found naturally in many leafy vegetables, beans, mushrooms, meats and several other foods. Folic acid is a water-soluble B vitamin that helps break down homocysteine, an amino acid found […]

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How Thyroid Dysfunction Affects Your Heart

By Rami Heart, DO, FACC Premier Heart and Vascular Center, North Lakeland It’s interesting how a significant number of our body parts can affect our cardiovascular functions. Oftentimes, these organs are not the ones that would automatically come to mind. In this article, we’ll explore the effect of the thyroid gland on your heart. We’ll […]