| Posted On Jan 06, 2015 | By:

Cardiac Arrhythmia: Premature Heartbeats

A cardiac arrhythmia happens when your heart is beating (or contracting) in an irregular pattern. At one time or another, you’ve probably learned to place your fingers gently against your carotid artery in your neck to feel your pulse or heart beating. Usually, you can feel a steady pattern of beats as you count. But if you have an arrhythmia, the pulse or rhythm of your heart may be unpredictable or too fast or too slow.

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| Posted On Feb 07, 2014 | By:

EKGs and exercise stress tests When you need them for heart disease—and when you don’t

If you have chest pain or other symptoms of heart disease, an electrocardiogram (EKG) or exercise stress test can be lifesaving. The same is true if you have a history of heart disease or are at very high risk for it. But in other cases, you should think twice. Here’s why:

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| Posted On Jul 19, 2011 | By:

Answers to some Common Questions about Health Screening Tests

I’m healthy and scheduled a checkup.  What “routine” blood tests do I need?

Surprisingly, few blood tests are recommended on a “routine” or screening basis.  Everyone should have their cholesterol levels (a “lipid profile”) checked at least every five years, even if it’s normal.  Your doctor or nurse will request that you do this fasting, meaning nothing to eat or drink for about 8-12 hours beforehand  (water, black coffee,

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