Chronic Stress and Vascular Disease – Detection can mean Prevention

NYC, Chronic Stress, and Taking care of your Heart and Vascular System: At Avicenna cardiology, we practice in NYC, and it will come as no surprise that a significant portion of our patients are undergoing various forms of chronic stress.  Take a demanding job, often self-imposed expectations of a picture-perfect social life or relationship, and […]

COVID 19 Vascular Impacts

COVID-19 and Vascular Complications

For the past several months, much of the world has faced the harsh reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. Caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), COVID-19 can result in several severe pulmonary and cardiovascular complications. Approximately 8 million people in the United States have been infected with the novel coronavirus as of the time of […]

ABI Test

How 15 Minutes Can Save Your Life

The ankle-brachial index (ABI) test is a simple, non-invasive test that serves to assist healthcare providers in determining whether or not a patient has developed peripheral vascular disease (PVD). In its simplest form, this test allows physicians to assess just how well a patient’s blood is flowing. “No special preparations are needed for an ankle-brachial […]

Being Open Evenings and Weekends Overcomes a Key Barrier to Care

Most adults, regardless of their profession, work during the day. And the majority of doctors’ office hours mirror those of their patients. When compared with competing Western industrialized nations, access to after-hours care — which “refers to care for medical problems arising between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m., and on weekends and holidays, that could […]

COVID-19 Impacts on Heart

Can Coronavirus Cause Heart Damage?

Can COVID-19 damage the heart? Yes: Although COVID-19 — the disease caused by the coronavirus that’s led to the global pandemic — is primarily a respiratory or lung disease, the heart and vascular system can also be damaged. Early reports coming out of China and Italy, two areas where COVID-19 took hold earlier in the […]

Managing your type II diabetes carefully

In patients living with diabetes, a chronic medical condition that results in the accumulation of glucose, or sugar, in the bloodstream, awareness is the key to management. The cells of those with type II diabetes struggle to properly respond to insulin — which is a naturally occurring hormone produced by the pancreas that assists in moving […]

COVID-19 Heart

Potential Effects of COVID-19 on Your Heart and Vascular System

Over the past several months, nearly every corner of the world has felt the terrible effects of the novel coronavirus. With each day that passes, medical professionals around the world continue to piece together the mystery that this virus has posed. Although primarily associated with respiratory issues, Covid-19 can wreak havoc throughout the body, including […]

High Blood Pressure Hypertension

High Blood Pressure: It Doesn’t Happen Overnight

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition that commonly affects many individuals throughout their adult lives. Patients may live with high blood pressure for several years without exhibiting any obvious symptoms. However, individuals with high blood pressure who do not experience the condition’s most common symptoms can still incur significant damage to the heart and […]

Heart Palpitations: What They Are & What They Could Be A Sign Of

A rare occurrence for more individuals, heart palpitations are characterized by the unexpected fast-paced racing, fluttering, pounding of the heart. People who undergo heart palpitations might also feel as though their heart skipped or added an additional beat. While many instances merely signify a slight, benign misstep of the heart’s regular rhythm, heart palpitations can […]

Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, aka Heartbreak Syndrome

Can You Really Die From a Broken Heart? Each and every person, at some point in their lives or another, is likely to experience heartbreak at least once. Whether brought on by a bad break up, the death of a loved one, a grave financial loss, etc., heartbreak is a part of human life. Occurring […]