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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…

Advanced Nuclear Stress Testing

Cardiovascular Institute has invested in new camera technology that makes nuclear stress testing to identify potential coronary heart blockages much more comfortable and quicker for patients.  The new nuclear camera is the only one of its kind in the area and images can be obtained in less than half the time of more conventional cameras….

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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…