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Nervous About Your Nuclear Stress Test? Here's How to Prepare Jul 23rd, 2024

If the concept of a nuclear stress test unnerves you, you’re not alone. It’s simply a safe and non-invasive way to test your heart health.  The expert team at the Cardiovascular Institute of America uses such tests to evaluate your blood flow when your heart is at rest and when...

Should I Worry About Heart Palpitations? Jun 25th, 2024

 When someone scares you, you might feel like your heart skips a beat. If you receive bad news, it might seem as if your heart is dropping into your stomach. We describe so many different situations using heart-related language!  Sometimes though, you may not be doing much, and have the...

Is Heart Disease Genetic? May 10th, 2024

Heart disease is an intimidating condition affecting millions worldwide. If you have a history of this condition in your family, it can be especially overwhelming. While lifestyle factors, such as diet, exercise, and smoking, can play a significant role in heart health, you may be left wondering whether your genetics...

Why Does My Heart Flutter? Apr 1st, 2024

You don’t think much about your heartbeat until it does something abnormal like flutter. If you notice this strange sensation, you should make an appointment with our our expert team of board-certified interventional cardiologists, led by Muthu Velusamy, MD, FACC, ABVM at Cardiovascular Institute of America. You should never ignore...

What to Expect After Balloon Angioplasty and Stenting Mar 2nd, 2024

Atherosclerosis is a common circulatory system problem that develops when a sticky plaque made of cholesterol, fat, blood cells, proteins, and calcium builds up on inner artery walls. It develops slowly and without symptoms, so you probably won’t know if you have it unless you get a blood test or...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Feb 20th, 2024

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Why Do My Legs Feel Heavy After Walking? Jan 22nd, 2024

Have you ever experienced that post-walk sensation where your legs feel heavy, almost as if they’re dragging? It’s a common occurrence, and while it might be tempting to brush it off as mere fatigue, various factors 一 including vascular issues 一 contribute to this sensation.  Read on as Muthu Velusamy,...

What a Stress Test Can Tell Us About Your Heart Health Jan 1st, 2024

Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body, providing oxygenated blood so you can function. So when something is wrong with your heart, it causes a variety of issues and can be deadly. Early intervention is key to finding the problem; this is where a stress...

Is Angina the Precursor to a Heart Attack? Dec 4th, 2023

Angina, heart attack, heart disease — what does it all mean? Does angina mean a heart attack is imminent?  Most angina attacks are short-lived, lasting only a few minutes. But it’s a serious warning that you are at risk for more serious heart-related events like a heart attack, cardiac arrest,...

Doc, Can I Exercise Even When I Have a Heart Problem? Nov 1st, 2023

Patients newly diagnosed with heart problems often have questions about what they should and shouldn’t do to keep their hearts beating. A particularly frightening event, such as a heart attack, can leave you wondering what’s safe and what’s not, especially regarding exercise.  At the Cardiovascular Institute of America, our staff...

Misconceptions You've Been Told About Heart Disease Oct 1st, 2023

Nearly half of all adults in the United States have some type of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association's "Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2019 Update” and published in the journal Circulation. With 121.5 million people affected, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the US. At Cardiovascular Institute...

What Is High Blood Pressure? Choosing the Right Blood Pressure Medication for You Sep 1st, 2023

Hypertension doesn’t present symptoms in the early stages, but its silent nature doesn’t make it any less dangerous. It’s linked to the number one killer in the United States: heart disease. Elevated blood pressure doesn’t just harm the heart, but it can harm any organ and tissue where blood vessels...

4 Serious Heart Rhythm Disorders and How They’re Treated Aug 1st, 2023

Your heart is an incredible organ that works tirelessly to keep you alive, pumping blood throughout your body day in and day out. But sometimes, the rhythm of this vital organ can get disrupted, leading to heart rhythm disorders, also known as arrhythmias. These conditions can range from mild and...

Are Varicose Veins Dangerous? Jul 1st, 2023

Over one-third of Americans suffer from a condition called varicose veins / venous insufficiency. For many of them, it’s a condition that’s largely cosmetic and that creates only minor symptoms, if any at all, beyond a twisted and enlarged appearance.  Sometimes, though, varicose veins can be uncomfortable and even painful, and they could...

How Does High Blood Pressure Affect the Kidneys Jun 1st, 2023

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a common medical condition that affects millions of people worldwide. While it’s well-known that hypertension can lead to various cardiovascular issues, its impact on the kidneys is often overlooked.  In this blog, Muthu Velusamy, MD, and our team at Cardiovascular Institute of America in Tampa and...

Visual Sclerotherapy vs. Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy: Which Is Right for Me? May 2nd, 2023

Varicose and spider veins are visible or bulging veins that may appear discolored and can become uncomfortable. Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment for this issue. At the Cardiovascular Institute of America, Dr. Muthu Velusamy offers both visual sclerotherapy and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy from locations in Tampa and Lutz, Florida. Which procedure...

Treating High Cholesterol: Understanding the Different Types of Statins Apr 1st, 2023

High cholesterol is a dangerous medical problem that can lead to severe complications like a heart attack or stroke. If you have high cholesterol, changing your diet alone may not be enough to get your cholesterol under control. You may need medications to help you keep your cholesterol in check....

Benefits of a Holter Monitor Mar 1st, 2023

If you’ve ever fainted suddenly or had an irregular heartbeat, you know how scary these events can be. They could be isolated episodes, or they could be signs of an underlying condition in your heart. But what do you do when nothing shows up in tests at your appointment? The...

What Is Atrial Fibrillation? Why Do I Feel as Though My Heart Is Racing? Feb 3rd, 2023

Heart arrhythmias cause your heart to beat too quickly, too slowly, or irregularly, disrupting vital blood flow through the heart chambers. Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia, projected to affect about 12.1 million people in the United States by 2030. Muthu Velusamy, MD, FACC, ABVM, and...

Do I Have Peripheral Artery Disease? 4 Subtle Signs to Know Jan 5th, 2023

It has been estimated that around 6.5 million adults in the United States have peripheral artery disease (PAD). However, because of the insidious nature of the disease, the true count is probably much higher if undiagnosed cases are taken into account. At Cardiovascular Institute of America, with offices in Citrus Park, Tampa, and...

5 Reasons Why Your Doctor Recommends a Diagnostic Ultrasound of Your Heart Dec 1st, 2022

If you’re concerned about your heart health, one of the best things you can do is to get a diagnostic ultrasound. This noninvasive screening gives an actual picture of your heart and how well it functions. Diagnostic ultrasound can keep track of your heart health and any changes over time....

What Is a Venogram? Why Do I Need one? Nov 1st, 2022

Most people know about medical screenings used in cardiovascular care, like EKGs that monitor heart activity or ultrasound imaging that obtains images of your heart and blood vessels.  But there’s another type of imaging that many people don’t know about, one that can play just as critical a role in...

How Heart Disease Differs for Women Oct 1st, 2022

Are you a woman who is concerned about heart disease? While commonly thought of as a man’s problem, it’s actually quite common in women as well — the symptoms just tend to look different, so you may not know what to expect. The team, led by Muthu Velusamy, MD, FACC, ABVM at Cardiovascular...

What is an Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy? Sep 1st, 2022

Varicose veins are often regarded as a cosmetic issue, and while those bulging, twisted veins are unsightly, they’re more than just an eyesore. Varicose veins can cause cramping, achiness, and a sensation of heaviness in your legs. Untreated varicose veins can also increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and leg ulcers....

What Is Varithena®, and How Does It Help My Varicose Veins? Aug 1st, 2022

Your veins return blood to your heart after it has traveled to the farthest regions of your body. The veins in your legs have the toughest job because they work against gravity to send blood upward from your feet to your heart. Fortunately, those veins come equipped with tiny one-way...

What is an Echocardiogram, and How Does It Differ from an Electrocardiogram (EKG)? Jul 1st, 2022

Heart conditions can be minor problems that we need to monitor over time, or they can be acute, life-threatening issues that require immediate and invasive treatment. To find out the type and severity of heart condition you may have, we perform some specialized diagnostic tests. Dr. Muthu Velusamy, our board-certified...

What Is a Peripheral Angiogram and Peripheral Angioplasty? Jun 1st, 2022

About 6.5 million Americans age 40 and older suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD), a serious medical problem that interferes with circulation and increases your risk of life-threatening complications. There are treatments for PAD, but its symptoms can be subtle, which means it’s not always easy to diagnose. As a top cardiologist...

What Is Endovenous Laser Ablation Treatment? How Does It Help Varicose Veins? May 1st, 2022

Varicose veins are common, affecting slightly more than one-third of Americans, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery. Varicose veins, also known as varicosities, occur when your veins become enlarged, twisted, dilated, and overfilled with blood. These veins aren’t just unattractive — they can also be a sign of a more serious...

What Is the DASH Diet? Apr 1st, 2022

Lifestyle modifications can play a big role in safely lowering your blood pressure levels. For many people, regular exercise, stress management, and dietary changes are enough to see noticeable results with your blood pressure.  Dr. Muthu Velusamy and our team at Cardiovascular Institute of America in Tampa and Lutz, Florida, often encourage patients...

What Is Hypertension? How Do I Control My Blood Pressure? Mar 1st, 2022

Hypertension — or high blood pressure — is a serious problem that causes your heart to work harder than it should to circulate blood throughout your body. Unfortunately, this condition affects the blood vessels and puts you at risk of heart disease, and it also increases your chances of such...

What Is Chronic Venous Insufficiency? Feb 1st, 2022

Everyone has swollen legs and feet now and then, but if you’re experiencing this discomfort regularly, you may have a medical issue that needs attention. Experts estimate that some 40% of Americans have chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI. Without treatment, it can lead to complications.  Dr. MuthU Velusamy at Cardiovascular...

Why Would I Need a Pacemaker? Jan 1st, 2022

The first pacemakers were invented in the 1960s, but the procedure didn’t have long-term success. Pacemakers have come a long way since, with over 1.5 million successful procedures performed each year. Pacemakers are simple, yet highly specialized medical devices that help regulate your heartbeat.  Your pulse and the pace of...

What Are Arrhythmias and Why are they Dangerous? Dec 1st, 2021

To say that your heart is hard-working would be a gross understatement — each day it beats 100,000 times and pumps 2,000 gallons of nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Any disruption in this system has the potential to lead to problems, and an arrhythmia certainly qualifies as a...

Diagnosing Peripheral Artery Disease Nov 1st, 2021

Blockages in blood vessels are normally thought to occur only in the major coronary arteries. However, the plaque that builds up and causes blockages can cause problems in any blood vessel. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is the name for when this buildup occurs and narrows the peripheral arteries ( arteries...

What is Cardiac Catheterization and PCI? Oct 1st, 2021

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans, regardless of gender or race. Coronary artery disease is the most prevalent type of heart disease. Thankfully, cardiac care can help you avoid the complications of untreated heart disease. As a board-certified interventional cardiologist, Dr. Muthu Velusamy is experienced when...

6 Signs You Should Have Your Varicose Veins Evaluated Sep 1st, 2021

When you have varicose veins, you may feel embarrassed to wear shorts, which can be a real problem when you live in Florida. But varicose veins are often more than just a cosmetic issue. It’s important to pay attention to varicose veins to see if they are a sign of...

5 Potential Signs of a Heart Attack Aug 26th, 2021

More than 800,000 Americans have a heart attack each year, and about 20% of those are “silent” heart attacks, meaning people didn’t realize they were having a heart attack. Yet even though a heart attack is “silent,” it doesn’t mean damage didn’t occur. If you’re at risk for heart disease...

The Link Between Your Diet and Heart Health Jul 15th, 2021

Despite advances in medicine over the past two decades, heart disease remains the leading cause of death. Heart disease claims the lives of 655,000 people in the United States each year, and it’s largely preventable. Premier cardiovascular disease specialist Muthu Velusamy, MD, and the team at Cardiovascular Institute of America...

5 Treatments That Enhance Wound Healing Jun 9th, 2021

Non-healing wounds, called ulcers, can occur when your body experiences conditions like poor circulation or high blood sugar. Even repeated injury at the same spot can create a chronic wound. Nearly 6 million Americans deal with wounds of this type every year.  When the normal healing cycle fails, you may...

When to Consider Treatment for Varicose Veins May 27th, 2021

About one in five adults in the United States have, or will develop, the bulging, contorted leg veins known as varicose veins. Varicose veins aren’t just unsightly, they’re dysfunctional.  Dr. Muthu Velusamy, our vein specialist at Cardiovascular Institute of America, can help you feel more comfortable with your varicose veins...

What Is a Stress Test and Should I Have One? Apr 28th, 2021

A healthy, adult heart beats between 86,000 and 144,000 times a day, caused by the expansion and contraction of your arteries to promote the circulation of oxygen and blood throughout your body. If you notice any odd symptoms, such as fatigue or lightheadedness, you should consider having a stress test...

Why You Don't Have to Lose Your Limb if You Have Peripheral Artery Disease Mar 15th, 2021

Peripheral artery disease is the leading cause of amputation in the United States. According to Johns Hopkins, over 80% of the amputations performed in the U.S. are due to vascular disease, including blood clots, peripheral artery disease, and complications from diabetes. However, peripheral artery disease usually doesn’t have to end...

Why You Should Never Ignore a Leg Ulcer Feb 8th, 2021

If you suffer from a leg ulcer, you should seek treatment immediately. Choosing to ignore it puts you at risk of developing serious health issues, such as cellulitis, osteomyelitis, septicemia, venous eczema, and even malignancy. Dr. Muthu Velusamy and our team of varicose veins specialists understand venous insufficiency and the...

Does My Chest Pain Mean I Have Heart Disease? Jan 24th, 2021

Simply stated, chest pain can be alarming. It can show up in different ways, such as a sharp, stabbing sensation or a dull ache. Your pain can travel too. It might go up your neck, into your jaw, down your back, and down one or both of your arms. Your...

Varicose Veins Aren't Just a Cosmetic Issue Dec 2nd, 2020

Vein issues affect almost 2 in 5 people in the United States at some point in their lifetime. They happen when the one-way valves in your veins stop working and can’t keep your blood flowing fully toward your heart.  Instead, the blood can start to pool up behind the valve,...

What Every Woman Should Know About Heart Disease Nov 17th, 2020

Heart disease affects about as many American women as it does men, but only about half of women understand their risk of death involved with heart disease. Women have different symptoms than men, and the risk factor rises after menopause and as you get older. At Cardiovascular Institute of America...

Signs and Symptoms of Carotid Artery Disease Oct 7th, 2020

Your arteries are your blood’s network for delivering oxygen throughout your body. As such, you need these passageways to remain open and free-flowing. If cholesterol, plaque, fat, or other substances build up in your arteries, you can develop atherosclerosis, which is a narrowing of your arteries. A total blockage can...

Why is COVID-19 Dangerous for Heart Patients? Sep 18th, 2020

When the highly contagious SARS-Co-V-2 virus began to spread in December 2019 and the disease it causes, COVID-19, grew into a pandemic within a few months, we had to start making severe adjustments to protect not only our own health, but the health of others as well. This respiratory illness...