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How Do Drugs and Alcohol Affect Your Heart?

Chetan Khamare, MD, FACC Premier Heart and Vascular Center, Wesley Chapel, North Lakeland and Carrollwood We all know that drugs and alcohol are harmful to our overall health and wellbeing, but many don’t understand the direct effects on the heart. In this article, we will discuss precisely how drugs and alcohol affect your heart. Effects […]

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How Nutrition Can Improve Your Overall Heart Health

Ketul Chauhan, MD, FACC Premier Heart and Vascular Center, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills and North Lakeland Nutrition plays a massive role in our overall health, which is something that many people often forget as they only associate food with their weight. However, the food we eat has a vital effect on our health, especially our heart […]

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Can Bleeding Disorders Affect Cardiac Patients?

Sunil Gupta, MD, FACC Premier Heart and Vascular Center, Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills Even though they are rare, bleeding disorders do exist and can be problematic for those who have them. What’s more, they can also affect other parts of a person’s body and their overall health and wellbeing. With that in mind, let’s take […]

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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 […]