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What You Need to Know About an ECG or EKG May 22nd, 2020

Just as an X-ray is the diagnostic workhouse for orthopedists, an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is often the first step we take in determining whether there’s a problem with the function of your heart. At Heart Rhythm Associates, Dr. Van H. De Bruyn and our team of cardiovascular specialists provide...

Is Your Lifestyle Causing Arrhythmia? Apr 20th, 2020

Arrhythmias aren’t all that uncommon in the United States. Atrial fibrillation, the most prevalent form of arrhythmia, affects up to 6 million people, and this number is expected to rise to more than 12 million by 2030. While there are many roads to developing an arrhythmia, lifestyle can play a...

5 Ways to Eat a Heart-Healthier Diet Feb 17th, 2020

The old adage that you are what you eat certainly applies when it comes to your cardiovascular health. In fact, diet is one of the most effective ways to improve your heart health, allowing you to prevent heart disease from taking hold in the first place or as a technique...

Did You Know Your Sleep Apnea Can Increase Your Risk of Heart Rhythm Problems? Jan 1st, 2020

Sleep apnea affects more than 18 million adults in the United States, putting them at risk for daytime fatigue, cognitive impairment, and, yes, heart problems, namely cardiac arrhythmia. In fact, sleep apnea is present in a whopping 50% of those who have heart failure or atrial fibrillation. At Heart Rhythm...

Most Common Causes for Heart Palpitations Dec 1st, 2019

Under normal circumstances, your heart quietly pumps up to 2,000 gallons of blood throughout your body each day. And it accomplishes this Herculean task without much fanfare. But when you feel a disruption in your heart rate, you sit up and take notice.  Heart palpitations are fairly common and, thankfully,...

How to Keep Active With a Heart Rhythm Disorder Nov 1st, 2019

Being diagnosed with any heart problem is daunting, and heart rhythm disorder is no different. Also called arrhythmias, heart rhythm problems run the gamut from a heartbeat that’s too slow, too fast, or irregular. However the condition manifests itself, it’s likely that you need to make some lifestyle changes, especially...

What You Should Know About Arrhythmia During Pregnancy Sep 30th, 2019

Under the best of circumstances, pregnancy is a time filled with excitement and considerable apprehension as you do your best to ensure a successful outcome for you and your unborn child. As your body undergoes incredible physiological changes, certain conditions can crop up, which just adds to your already increasing...

What These New Blood Thinners Mean for Heart Health Sep 1st, 2019

When it comes to preventing life-threatening clots, there used to be only one blood thinner that doctors routinely turned to — warfarin (usually marketed under the name Coumadin). But this medication wasn’t without problems, which prompted medical manufacturers to come up with alternatives.  Recently, these new blood thinners have made...

How Wireless Pacemakers Are Changing Lives Aug 1st, 2019

Since its introduction in the 1960s, the pacemaker has been a lifesaver for millions of people worldwide with heart arrhythmias. But as with any piece of equipment, the pacemaker isn’t without complications, especially in the wiring. Thanks to new wireless pacemakers, heart patients are living their lives without skipping a...

Sudden Death Prevention: Catch Cardiac Arrest Before It Happens Jul 3rd, 2019

Sudden death at the hands of cardiac arrest claims 325,000 lives each year in the United States, which rivals cancer as the top cause of death in the country. While there may not appear to be any good news in this grim statistic, there are effective ways to stay one...

The Major Symptoms for Arrhythmia and What You Need to Do About Them Jun 1st, 2019

On any given day, your heart pumps a whopping 100,000 times, pushing 2,000 gallons of blood through your body. And it does so at a pace set by electrical signals that control your heart’s rhythm to ensure that nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood flows regularly to sustain life on a cellular...

Irregular Heartbeat? You Might Need Electrophysiology Studies (EPS) May 1st, 2019

We often associate a fluttering heartbeat with feelings of being in love. Other times, our heart beats rapidly because we’re frightened or watching a suspenseful movie. While everyone experiences their heart “skipping a beat” on occasion, if you endure episodes when your heart’s a-flutter for no apparent reason, you could...

Causes and Best Treatment For Arrhythmia (Irregular Heartbeat) Apr 9th, 2019

A normal heart beats with a steady rhythm, moving about 2,000 gallons of blood through your body each day. However, in some people, the normal rhythm is off, and blood doesn’t move through their systems efficiently. The abnormal beats, which are called arrhythmias, can be life threatening – or harmless....

5 Steps Everyone Can Take for a Healthier Heart Feb 1st, 2019

If there’s one muscle you can’t do without, it’s your heart. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 600,000 Americans will die of heart disease this year. That’s about one-quarter of all deaths. There’s no telling how many of these deaths could have been prevented with...

Is Angina a Precursor to a Heart Attack? Jan 15th, 2019

You can have chest pain for a variety of reasons, including indigestion and muscle strains. But heart-related forms of chest pain, called angina, can indicate dangerous problems like heart disease, a condition that can cause heart attack and death. If you’re suffering from angina, Dr. De Bruyn and our team...

9 Tips for Watching Your Cholesterol While Enjoying Holiday Festivities Dec 13th, 2018

Most people have a tendency to eat more and exercise less during the holiday season, so it’s no surprise that cholesterol levels tend to spike. Feasts with family and friends and attending work parties are all part of celebrating the festivities, but it doesn’t have to mean overindulging and abandoning...