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How To Make Your Own Stress Management Plan Posted by Brookhaven Heart

Most people work tirelessly. They forego vacation time or sick days to make sure they receive a paycheck each week. So much hard work makes people stressed. They don’t have a chance to relax or enjoy social events. Crafting a stress management plan is the first step in protecting your heart. The following ideas can help reduce your stress levels and lead to a healthier heart. Tackling the Issues There’s a reason you’re stressed, whether it’s due to work or a notable

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What is a Holter Monitor? Posted by Brookhaven Heart

A Holter monitor is a battery-operated device designed specifically to measure and record the activity of the heart (ECG). Once implemented, the monitor reads the heart’s activity for 24 to 48 hours – sometimes longer depending on the type of monitoring required. The device is typically the size of a small digital camera, with wires and electrodes that attach to the skin. Facts There are a few reasons why your doctor may require a Holter monitor. For instance, if you

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What Is the Carotid Sinus? Posted by Brookhaven Heart

The carotid sinus is an area located within a major intersection of arteries and nerve points, and each patient should be aware of this tiny hub of activity. Carotid Sinus Makeup and Location In short and sweet terms, the carotid sinus is a pathway located around the carotid artery and made up of tissue and nerves. This piece of integral cardiac equipment in your body is located just under the jaw, in the neck area, and it sits on the

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Is a Regular Stress Test Invasive? Posted by Brookhaven Heart

A regular, or conventional, stress test is not invasive. In this test, the skin is prepared and electrodes are placed. The patient, under medical supervision, then proceeds to walk on a treadmill with the electrodes still attached. This allows your cardiologist to determine whether there is any limitation to the flow of blood to the heart. Throughout the test the blood pressure is continually monitored and the test is halted upon the patient’s request or if the ­heart reaches a