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Are Varicose Veins a Health Concern? Nov 19th, 2021

Most people don't seek treatment for varicose veins until they're tired of being embarrassed by the ugly, bulging veins or they start having symptoms like leg pain. But with or without symptoms, varicose veins are always a red flag warning that you could be headed for serious health concerns. Unfortunately,...

Signs You Have Coronary Artery Disease Oct 21st, 2021

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease. It also accounts for 42% of heart-related deaths in the United States. Most people can prevent CAD with lifestyle changes. But if you already have the disease, recognizing the symptoms gives you the chance to seek treatment, a...

Adjusting to Life With Hypertension Sep 16th, 2021

Most people need to make life adjustments after they develop hypertension (high blood pressure). The reason is simple: Lifestyle changes and medications are the only treatments. Your daily habits have such an impact that lifestyle changes alone may get your blood pressure back to normal. Whether you face big changes...

Anxiety and Chest Pain: Are They Linked? Aug 17th, 2021

Chest pain is a frightening experience that sends many people to the emergency room. Nearly half of them learn they don’t have a heart problem. Of those, 30-40% discover that anxiety was the culprit. In short, anxiety and chest pain share a close relationship, but that doesn’t mean you can...

What Happens During an Echocardiogram? Jul 19th, 2021

When you experience symptoms that signal a potential heart problem, we need a quick-and-easy way to look at the structures in your heart and see how they’re working. That’s when we turn to an echocardiogram. An echocardiogram provides the invaluable information that Dr. Laura Fernandes at Woodlands Heart and Vascular...

Five Heart-Healthy Habits That Could Elongate Your Life Jun 29th, 2021

Following five lifestyle habits can lower your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 82%. They can also make you 65% less likely to die from cancer. And choosing to embrace these five healthy habits may extend your life by 12-14 years. Dr. Laura Fernandes at Woodlands Heart and Vascular...

What You Need to Know About Atrial Fibrillation May 23rd, 2021

If you have an irregular heartbeat, you’d feel it, right? Not always, and especially not if you have atrial fibrillation, also called AFib. Learning about AFib is the key to preventing the problem or catching it at an early stage, before you end up in the hospital with a stroke....

Life After a Heart Attack Apr 16th, 2021

Relief that you survived your heart attack is followed by waves of thoughts and emotions. You may have questions about your recovery and worry about how to prevent a second heart attack. Sometimes you’ll feel ready to get back to your life, and other times you’ll feel weak, exhausted, and...

What Can You Expect From a Stress Test? Mar 14th, 2021

Stress tests are one of the most important tools for diagnosing the cause of symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath. Why? Because stress tests allow us to see how well your heart works when it must pump more blood than normal. Then that information gives us the...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Chest Pain Feb 17th, 2021

Chest pain is the top symptom of a heart attack. If you’re having a heart attack, every minute you wait to seek help increases your risk of permanent heart muscle damage and death. Yet half of all people with chest pain delay going to the hospital for at least four...

Lifestyle Adjustments for Living With Hypertension Jan 17th, 2021

Making a lifestyle change is never easy, but it’s worth the effort. For most people with hypertension, diet and exercise have the power to tame their high blood pressure without medication. And even if you need medication, your lifestyle choices are a key part of maintaining normal blood pressure for...

Is Angina a Precursor to a Heart Attack? Dec 10th, 2020

Angina, or chest pain, is often the first symptom of heart disease. It serves as a precursor to a future heart attack and it’s also a sign that you’re currently having a heart attack. Would it surprise you to learn that many people initially ignore angina? That’s because chest pain...

What an Echocardiogram Can Reveal About Your Heart Nov 16th, 2020

When you have symptoms that suggest a heart problem, an echocardiogram is one of the first diagnostic tests that’s performed. Echocardiograms are safe, they produce immediate images of your heart, and they can be done right in our office at the same time as your exam at Woodlands Heart and...

How an Atrial Fibrillation Screening Can Help Prevent a Stroke Oct 21st, 2020

There’s no doubt that atrial fibrillation increases your risk for stroke, and its impact is substantial. When you have atrial fibrillation, your chances of having a stroke are as much as five times higher compared to people with a healthy heart. At Woodlands Heart and Vascular Institute, Dr. Laura Fernandes...

When Varicose Veins Are Symptomatic Sep 24th, 2020

If you’re one of the 35% of adults with varicose veins, chances are you’re embarrassed by the appearance of these bulgy, ugly veins. But you may not expect to face challenges beyond cosmetic issues. Many patients who come to Woodlands Heart and Vascular Institute didn’t anticipate the pain and discomfort...