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Is it ok to get an MRI if you have a pacemaker? Oct 6th, 2017

Many patients with cardiac devices such as pacemakers or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) eventually need an MRI, which has historically raised a dilemma for these patients and their doctors. However, evidence is emerging that MRIs and cardiac devices are safer than previously believed. MRI machines use large, powerful magnets to allow...

Detecting Atrial Fibrillation with the Apple Watch Sep 26th, 2017

With the recent unveiling of the Apple Watch 3, Apple also announced that the company is partnering with researchers and clinicians from Stanford and American Well, a telemedicine company, to launch a study using the Apple Watch’s ability to monitor heart rate in order to detect atrial fibrillation in users....

Do patients with atrial fibrillation need anticoagulation before surgery? Aug 13th, 2015

Quick background: The heart is a powerful muscle that has 4 chambers. There is a right atrium, a left atrium, a right ventricle, and a left ventricle. Normally, each of these chambers contracts to pump blood effectively. The right atrium contracts to pump blood into the right ventricle, and the...

Pacemakers and Cardiovascular Defibrillators Oct 27th, 2014

Your heart is a piece of fine artwork, intricately designed to supply oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the rest of your body. Just larger than the size of an average fist, this life-sustaining powerhouse beats 100,000 times a day. As your heart beats, it pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood...

Don’t Miss A Beat Sep 27th, 2014

September is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. Atrial Fibrillation, also called AFib, is an irregular heartbeat or rhythm that can lead to stroke, dementia, heart failure and Alzheimer’s disease. With raised awareness and the services Dr. Helmy provides, you can live life without missing a heart beat. Atrial Fibrillation happens when...

What is Causing My Shortness of Breath? Aug 26th, 2014

Experiencing shortness of breath can be caused by a variety of abnormalities in the body’s different organ systems, and some are relatively minor, such as high levels of activity, high altitude and extreme temperatures. If you experience breathlessness that is prolonged and persistent, it is most likely related to a...

The Importance of Good Medication Management Aug 12th, 2014

Medications are involved in nearly 80% of all medical treatments, including cardiac care, blood pressure management and arrhythmias. Managing multiple medications at the same time is difficult, even when you’ve spent time with your doctor and pharmacist discussing your prescriptions in depth. The last thing you want to happen is...

Men’s Health Month: Making Heart Health a Priority Jun 26th, 2014

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men in the United States, but there aren’t always warning signs of heart disease. This often silent killer claims the life of one out of every four men, half of which die suddenly with no previous symptoms and kills equally among most...

The Importance of Monitoring Your Heart Health Jun 19th, 2014

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. The importance of monitoring your heart health and learning how to prevent heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases is crucial to your overall health and wellness. Many people only think about seeing a heart specialist when they...