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Atrial Fibrillation Awareness

Did You Know? Sometimes the first symptom of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) a patient experiences is a stroke or mini-stroke. Symptoms of AFib commonly include a racing, pounding heart rate, palpitations, light-headedness, shortness of breath, or in some patients, there are no noticeable symptoms at all. How Does AFib Increase Stroke Risk? When the heart is…

What is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Plaque build-up in your arteries can cause more than just a heart attack. Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Ajay Mhatre with Cardiovascular Institute in Panama City, Florida explains what Peripheral Arterial Disease (or PAD) is and how it can impact your quality of life or even cause a stroke.


How to Diagnose an Abnormal Heart Rhythm

Dr. Nghia Hoang of the Cardiovascular Institute of Northwest Florida reviews the latest technology available to record cardiac arrhythmias for diagnosis from the latest holter monitor, to tiny implanted devices that can last for years, to smart watch technology. He includes the most common signs and symptoms of an abnormal heart rhythm, such as palpitations…

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What is a Silent Heart Attack?

A study of approximately 9,500 middle-age adults found that nearly half of the heart attacks that occurred during the study period were “silent”. The patients were not aware they had a heart attack and did not seek medical attention however, their electrocardiogram (ECG) screening during a regular follow-up appointment showed that a heart attack had…

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What To Expect at Your Stress Test

A Q & A with Cathy Rodes, MSN, ARNP with the Cardiovascular Institute of Northwest Florida Under what circumstances would a patient need a stress test? Patients may be scheduled for stress tests to evaluate symptoms of chest pain, for an exercise prescription, to evaluate for exercise induced arrhythmia or for surveillance of known coronary…


What is a Heart Murmur?

Cardiovascular Institute cardiologist Dr. Michael Morrow explains the most common causes of heart murmur and how cardiologists make a diagnosis using ultrasound technology for echocardiograms. While many heart murmurs are benign, some are a symptom of valve disease such as aortic stenosis. The Cardiovascular Institute has a nationally accredited echocardiography lab in our main office in Panama…