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What Is an Echocardiogram? Posted by Brookhaven Heart

An echocardiogram is a necessary tool that doctors and specialists use to produce images of the heart. It’s a common test that lets the team closely examine how well your heart is beating and pumping blood. If you suffer from heart disease symptoms or have recently experienced a heart attack, an echocardiogram will likely be scheduled for further diagnosis. There are different types of echocardiograms. Depending on what information the doctor seeks, they may require a special test. Why Do You

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Is Heart Disease Hereditary? Posted by Brookhaven Heart

As part of a family, you are bound to share many things – genes, behaviors, lifestyles, and your environment. All of these influence your heart and your risk for heart disease. Unfortunately, many do not realize that heart disease can run in the family. Your increased risk can be inherited. Additional risks such as age, race, ethnicity, and activity levels all play a role in your overall risk of heart disease. If your father or another family member suffered from

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How Often Should I Check my Pacemaker? Posted by Brookhaven Heart

While living with arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), your doctor may recommend a pacemaker to help regulate your heart. Your pacemaker requires a helping hand, though. Occasionally, you’ll have to make sure your pacemaker is accurately controlling your heart rate by scheduling a checkup. Your doctor will inspect the pacemaker and provide continued support and treatment, even after it’s been installed for months or years. The Early Days with Your Pacemaker Shortly after your pacemaker is installed, your doctor will sit down

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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of High Blood Pressure in Women? Posted by Brookhaven Heart

When it comes to high blood pressure (or hypertension), you may not know you have it. Nearly one-third of patients with high blood pressure never learn about their condition. The only surefire way to diagnose hypertension is through regular blood pressure checkups. Therefore, it’s crucial that you attend regular screenings, especially as you age. In extreme cases, you’ll start to notice the symptoms of high blood pressure without a diagnosis. By then, the condition has seriously worsened. Of course, treatment