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  • Meet Our Doctors

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    The Texas Heart Institute Center for Cardiovascular Care physicians are internationally known for their expertise in diagnosing, treating, and preventing cardiovascular diseases.
    Make an Appointment:
    713-790-9401
    https://www.texasheartmedical.org/#contact
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    https://www.texasheartm...

  • Peripheral Vascular Education

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    Dr. Zvonimir Krajcer tackles topics related to peripheral vascular disease.
    Learn more about cardiovascular conditions, diagnostics, and treatments: https://tv.texasheart.org/for-patients

  • Asked and Answered

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    General and Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Alexander Postalian answers patient questions related to cardiovascular health.
    Submit your questions in the comment section to be featured in the next episode of Asked and Answered.
    Read more about our specialties: www.texasheartmedical.org/edu

  • Ask Texas Heart Doctors

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    The Texas Heart Institute is committed to educating the global community about the importance of heart health and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. At the Center for Cardiovascular Care, our specialties are broad and comprehensive, covering every aspect of heart health fro...

  • What Is Your Input in Regards to the Mediterranean Diet Versus the Keto Diet?

    Doctors Stephanie Coulter and Briana Costello are answering all your heart health-related queries. Have more questions? You can #AskATexasHeartDoctor on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

  • My blood pressure is all over the place – Do I need to be doing something differently?

    "Blood pressure varies a lot during the day. We care about the average numbers over a period of days and weeks."

    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General and Interventional Cardiologist

    Read More: https://www.texasheart.org/heart-health/heart-information-center/topics/high-blood-pressure-hypertension...

  • Treatment Options For Venous Diseases

    Patients with chronic venous disorders are treated according to the type of disorder, its severity, and how much venous reflux it causes. The treatment goal is to improve symptoms, appearance, and skin changes due to chronic venous disease, and to reduce edema and ulcers.

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  • My coronary calcium score was 232. Do I need to have a stent placed in my arteries?

    "The coronary calcium score is a marker of plaque in the arteries of your heart. It helps us know how aggressive we need to be with medication or lifestyle changes but does not help us decide if you need procedures performed."

    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General and Interventional Cardiologist

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  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

    The Texas Heart Institute Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Zvonimir Krajcer discusses Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA).

  • I'm Getting a Stress Test but My Doctor says I Don't Have to Run on a Treadmill

    "There are many types of nuclear stress tests. A CT-PET, which produces some of the higher quality images, can usually only be done with injection of drugs, and not with exercise."
    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General and Interventional Cardiologist

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  • Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

    Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually in the leg. DVT is a serious illness because the clot can potentially break loose from the leg vein and travel up into the lungs, where it can block blood flow. This condition is called pulmonary embolism.

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  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR)

    TEVAR is a non-surgical or an endovascular repair of thoracic aortic aneurysm with a stent graft.
    The procedure is typically performed via groin or femoral artery approach rather than with major chest incision and general anesthesia to repair aortic aneurysm located in the chest cavity.

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  • Keeping our Hearts Healthy

    Dr. Briana Costello talks with Maya Pomroy about keeping our hearts healthy.

  • My husband snores like a rhino on steroids, and sometimes stops breathing at night.

    "This is probably obstructive sleep apnea, which can have negative effects in your cardiovascular system. A sleep study is probably a good idea."

    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General and Interventional Cardiologist

    Read More: https://www.texasheart.org/heart-health/heart-information-center/topics...

  • I want to take the injection Amy Schumer used to lose weight – how do I get it, and is it safe?

    "This likely refers to GLP1 agonists. The medications are generally safe. The most frequent side effects is gastrointestinal “upset” stomach. Unfortunately, they can be expensive and are in short supply."

    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General and Interventional Cardiologist

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  • What do people really mean by healthy diet?

    "Avoid simple carbohydrates (sweets, sodas, rice, pasta, potatoes, tortillas, arepas…) and “bad” fats (butter, bacon – animal fat). Favor lean protein (grilled fish, chicken) and vegetables. Watch the salad dressings as well."

    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General and Interventional Cardiologist

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  • Is Cardiovascular Disease Still the Number One Killer?

    Doctors Stephanie Coulter and Briana Costello are answering all your heart health-related queries. Have more questions? You can #AskATexasHeartDoctor on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

  • I am a 62 year-old woman trying to live healthier in general. How much am I supposed to exercise?

    "The official recommendation is 150 minutes of exercise per week. Moderate activity such as brisk walking, walking on an incline, light jogging, cycling, elliptical, and some weight training."

    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General and Interventional Cardiologist

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  • I feel a weird sensation in my chest, I was told it could be atrial fibrillation.

    "Atrial fibrillation is a very common arrhythmia that increases the risk for having fast heart rate and strokes, hence we use medications to prevent both. Using procedures to treat it is also an option."

    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General and Interventional Cardiologist

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  • Drs. Diakos & Escobar provide tips for preventing heart and vascular disease

    Drs. Nikolaos Diakos and Jorge Escobar discuss ways to protect your health and prevent heart attack and stroke. Learn more about the tests that cardiologists use to evaluate your risk for developing heart and vascular disease and tips for staying healthy.

    Learn More: https://www.texasheart.org/h...

  • Is there such a thing as too much exercise? I heard that marathons are not good for you.

    "Going past your limits for prolonged periods of time (such as marathons and triathlons) is probably not good for your heart and joints. Be as active as you can, without overdoing it."

    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General and Interventional Cardiologist

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  • VenaSeal Closure System

    VenaSeal™ procedure is a minimally invasive nonthermal treatment for vein disease and varicose veins. The VenaSeal procedure delivers a small amount of a specially formulated medical adhesive to seal — or close — the diseased vein, rerouting blood to nearby healthy veins and providing symptom rel...

  • I Had a Heart Attack 3 Years Ago but I Can't Take Any of the Statins Prescribed

    "If you have had a heart attack, it would be wise to reduce your risk of another one through the use of medication. We now know that most patients taking statins do not have major side effects. Nonetheless, there are many alternatives available in the market."
    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General a...

  • Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) & Percutaneous EVAR

    Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) refers to endoluminal or non-surgical abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair with a stent graft. Percutaneous Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (PEVAR) specifically refers to AAA repair performed with local anesthesia, percutaneous access to the femoral artery, and ...