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What Every Woman Should Know About Preventing Heart Disease Aug 14th, 2019

Despite today’s medical advancements, heart disease still lurks as the main cause of death. It surprises most people to know that heart disease impacts men and women differently. Learning the facts about women and heart disease can empower you to take control of your health and make the right changes...

Is Sclerotherapy Still the Right Solution for Your Varicose Veins? Jun 17th, 2019

Varicose veins appear on the surface of the skin, often the legs. They have a characteristic bulging, twisted, rope-like appearance that results from weak or damaged valves in the veins. These valves are meant to keep blood flowing in one direction, but when they fail, blood can pool up in...

Symptoms Indicating You Have Congenital Heart Disease May 30th, 2019

A congenital heart defect is an abnormality of the structure of your heart that is present at birth. Some people are born with more than one structural abnormality. Defects range from simple differences that cause no problems to complex abnormalities that can be life-threatening. While you’re born with congenital heart...

What Your Lipids Check-Up Can Tell You About How Your Cholesterol is Broken Down Apr 19th, 2019

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance your body uses to make hormones, fat-soluble vitamins, and bile acids to help digest food. At normal levels, cholesterol is vital to your health. You need only a small amount of cholesterol, and your liver makes all the cholesterol you need. The majority of...

What You Should Know About Possible Complications When Dealing with Hypertension Mar 14th, 2019

Uncontrolled or poorly controlled high blood pressure threatens your health in many ways. When the force against your blood vessels is too great, it can harm various body systems over time. However, bringing your blood pressure within a target range and keeping it there rapidly reduces your risk for complications....

How Radiofrequency Ablation Is Typically Used in Cardiology Feb 1st, 2019

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a highly effective, minimally invasive treatment for disturbances in heart rate or rhythm. In more than 90 percent of cases, RFA is successful and reduces or eliminates the need for medication. This procedure is recommended when medication, lifestyle changes and other treatments like pacemakers and defibrillators...

What You Can Do to Reduce the Appearance of Varicose Veins Jan 18th, 2019

You can’t prevent varicose veins, but you can do something about them once they appear. Roughly 20 to 25 million Americans are living with these large, gnarled, rope-like veins. While they can appear anywhere, varicose veins most commonly affect the legs. Adults who have varicose veins often report feeling self-conscious...

Lifestyle Changes That Can Help Prevent Hypertension Dec 19th, 2018

One in three Americans has hypertension and another third has numbers that are perilously close to becoming hypertensive. In other words, two-thirds of the population is at risk for heart health challenges, but they also have the rare opportunity to reverse this serious health diagnosis or prevent it altogether. Hypertension...

Understanding the Difference Between Good and Bad Cholesterol Nov 26th, 2018

If you’ve reached a certain age or weight or have a risky family medical history, your doctor has probably recommended a cholesterol test as part of your routine wellness check. It’s not a judgment about those years adding up on the calendar or the numbers on your scale. It’s all...

Diet Tips for Managing High Blood Pressure Jan 31st, 2018

When high blood pressure hits your life, it’s okay to feel a bit overwhelmed. Hypertension rarely has any symptoms, so the diagnosis strikes many as a surprise. However, unlike so many diseases and conditions that take the driver’s seat with your health, you retain a large amount of control over...

The Link Between Stress and Hypertension Jul 9th, 2019

Did you know that controlling stress can help manage high blood pressure? If you have hypertension, or have a heightened risk for developing the disease, making changes to curb stress can lower your blood pressure and make it easier to manage. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can silently damage your body...

8 Common Causes of Varicose Veins Oct 12th, 2018

It’s never pleasant to see a ropey, discolored vein pop up on the back of your thigh or create a blue trail down your calf. If you’re wondering what causes these irregular veins, which most often appear on the thighs and calves, you’re certainly not alone.The underlying cause of varicose...

How High Blood Pressure Can Affect Your Health Sep 27th, 2018

It’s often called “the silent killer” because the effects of high blood pressure occur when you least expect them and can quickly turn fatal. A life-threatening situation as the result of high blood pressure typically comes without obvious symptoms or warning signs that your life is in danger. Dr. Rajesh...

What Is A Lipids Checkup And Should I Schedule One? Aug 29th, 2018

You hear a lot about cholesterol — the “good” and the “bad” — but what does it all mean? Should you be concerned if you haven’t had yours checked in a while? A cholesterol test, or lipid panel, shows the levels of good and bad cholesterol, and triglycerides (fat) in...

5 Common Symptoms of a Heart Condition Jul 23rd, 2018

Often used interchangeably with cardiovascular disease, the term “heart disease” is a general definition that includes several concerning medical conditions. These issues may affect the strength of your heart muscle, the electrical impulses that control your heartbeats, the health of your blood vessels, or the valves that regulate blood flow...

Is There a Treatment for Varicose Veins? Jun 22nd, 2018

Some treatments for varicose veins have been around since the 1930s when doctors injected caustic substances into these highly visible veins that caused them to eventually dry up and disappear. This technique (sclerotherapy) is still used today as an effective treatment for varicose veins and their thread-like cousins, spider veins.These...

10 Tips for Living a Healthier Lifestyle to Prevent Heart Disease May 24th, 2018

Did you know that heart disease is one of the most preventable medical issues, yet it’s responsible for one in four deaths in the United States? Here at West Coast Medicine and Cardiology, we want to help our Bay Area patients avoid becoming part of this frightening statistic. And it’s...

Laser Hair Removal 101: All Your Questions Answered May 21st, 2018

When you’re considering laser hair removal, the decision can seem overwhelming: Is it safe? Is it effective? Will it hurt? Laser hair removal is actually a simple process that provides excellent results. Dr. Suri and his team at West Coast Aesthetics and Veins are here with Laser Hair Removal 101...

Bloodshot Eyes? It Could Be Hypertension Apr 20th, 2018

Nearly half of adults in the United States have hypertension. Many are unaware that they have it and only about half have their high blood pressure under control.Hypertension is often called a silent disease. You can have it for years without knowing it, since the symptoms are often absent or...

How Alcohol Affects Your Heart Mar 7th, 2018

A sip of wine here, a cocktail there. More than half of adults drink alcohol, but do you know how this habit impacts your heart health? The first thing you should know is that alcohol’s influence on your health depends on various factors, including how much and how often you...

Does a Family History of High Cholesterol Mean it’s Inevitable? Feb 5th, 2018

Does a Family History of High Cholesterol Mean it’s Inevitable?This morning at breakfast you watched one of your relatives take cholesterol-lowering medication, and you can’t help but wonder if you’ll be the next one diagnosed. First, know that your fear is valid. High cholesterol raises the risk for heart disease,...

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