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When Negative Is Not Reassuring

When Negative Is Not Reassuring

Last week I described a patient who had an abnormal stress echocardiogram, but turned out to have no significant blockage in her coronary arteries. This week I’ll tell you about a patient I saw not long ago who had had a normal nuclear stress test (see “Services” section of this website to learn more about this test), but ended up having…

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Valvular Heart Disease: All the Rest

Valvular Heart Disease: All the Rest

In the last two weeks, I have discussed the two most common valvular problems that we cardiologists see—AS and MR. This week I’ll give a quick overview of the other valvular problems that we can encounter. First of all, the aortic valve can also develop regurgitation. Called “AR,” aortic regurgitation, when severe, can lead to heart enlargement, shortness of breath, chest pain,…

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Cardiomyopathy: When the Heart Muscle is Sick

Cardiomyopathy: When the Heart Muscle is Sick

A few weeks ago, I devoted a couple blogs to the subject of CHF (congestive heart failure). At the time, I discussed the differences between heart failure from systolic dysfunction (problems with the heart contracting/pumping) and that caused by diastolic dysfunction (problems during the relaxation phase of the cardiac cycle). These are clinical syndromes and are brought on by a variety of…

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