How are cardiologists involved in treating stroke?

Our latest Ask a Cardiologist video featuring Dr. Samir N. Patel covers why a stroke, or a brain attack, is definitely something you should see your cardiologist about.  A common underlying cause of stroke is vascular disease. An ischemic stroke occurs when a piece of thrombus or plaque that has been dislodged travels into the arteries…

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CVI to Participate in Two New Clinical Studies

The Research Department at the Cardiovascular Institute will participate in two new national studies which will provide valuable information to validate or improve current treatment protocols. The CHAMP-HF observational study will examine treatment of heart failure and will help physicians and researchers better understand how different medications affect patients with this condition. This study will…

New Technique Opens Hardened Coronary Arteries

Plaque build-up in the arteries, or atherosclerosis, is the cause of heart attack. This plaque is usually soft and pliable and a cardiologist uses a procedure called balloon angioplasty to push open the plaque build-up in narrowed arteries to restore blood flow. However, in up to 40 percent of patients who need this procedure, this…

Now Offering Treatment of Varicose Veins

The Cardiovascular Institute is pleased to announce a new treatment program available in our main office for select patients with varicose veins. Dr. Amir Haghighat and Dr. Samir Patel are now using endovenous laser therapy, a minimally invasive alternative to traditional vein stripping, to treat these problem veins in our office allowing patients to return…

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Is Your Heart Ready for the Holidays?

Study finds increase in Heart Failure hospitalizations immediately following major holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. These events are filled with family, friends and lots of delicious food and drink. However according to a study published in the Journal of Cardiac Failure, these events are also associated with an increase in heart related hospitalizations – primarily…

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Cardiovascular Institute Offers Heart Failure Clinic

Heart Failure is a chronic and progressive disease, but for patients who are willing to work closely with healthcare providers and manage their diet and exercise there can be improvement in heart function and quality of life. The Cardiovascular Institute developed a Heart Failure Clinic in the Fall of 2014 with the primary goal of…

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News on Local Hospital Quality & Pricing Data — Bay Medical Recognized for both Quality & Value

Patients today are fortunate to have an increasing amount of public data available to them about hospitals and healthcare providers in order to make the most informed decision on where and from whom to receive care.  In June 2015, several sources published data regarding outcomes and charges for hospital care.  Here at the Cardiovascular Institute,…