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  • 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.

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  • 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 ...

  • I’m A 38-Year-Old Woman with Stomach Cramps That Move to My Chest

    "Women indeed can manifest heart disease through unusual symptoms. However, chest pain and stomach cramping can occur for reasons unrelated to the heart. Fortunately, your age portends low risk - but if the chest pain does not resolve, keep talking to your doctor."
    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, Gene...

  • Can You Elaborate on Fatty Liver Disease and Cardiovascular Disease?

    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 Friend Had Their Aortic Valve Replaced Through The Groin, but My Doctor Tells Me They Have to Crack Me Open to Replace Mine

    "Most aortic valve procedures in the US are now done minimally invasively through the groin, but not all patients are candidates for this. We make these decisions after discussing each individual case in a multidisciplinary meeting."
    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General and Interventional Cardiolog...

  • I was told I had a heart attack years ago. How low should my cholesterol be?

    "The LDL (“bad”) cholesterol should be under 100 mg/dL for most people. But under 70 mg/dL (and perhaps under 55 mg/dL) for patients with history of heart attacks."

    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General and Interventional Cardiologist

    Read More: https://www.texasheart.org/heart-health/heart-inform...

  • Lower Extremity Venous Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

    Lower Extremity Venous Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) treats venous reflux in the superficial venous system which is the underlying cause of painful varicose veins in the legs.

    Read More: texasheartmedical.org/our-specialties/vein-ablation/

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  • My Mom Is Scheduled to Have a Heart Catheterization, Should I Be Scared?

    "A heart catheterization is a serious procedure, but fairly routine for cardiologists. The risk of a serious complication, while not zero, is low. The chances of something going wrong depends on the complexity of the operation, and the sickness of the patient."
    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General ...

  • I had labs and I saw that my lipoprotein(a) was elevated. Should I be freaking out?

    " Lp(a) increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular issues such as aortic stenosis. We are still learning about it. If it is high, your doctor might start paying closer attention to your risk factors and start treatment earlier."

    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General and ...

  • Collaborations with the Community

    Dr. Briana Costello discusses collaborations in the community with Maya Pomroy.

  • My Doctor Says I Need Quadruple Bypass Surgery. Why Can’t I Have Stents Instead?

    "Not all blockages can be fixed with stents, and surgery might be the better approach. The answer is clear in some patients, but there is a large gray zone. In general (simplification), surgery tends to last longer than stents."
    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General and Interventional Cardiologist

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  • Live Q&A with Drs. Briana Costello and Alex Postalian

    Center for Women’s Heart & Vascular Health
    Live Q & A

  • If I’m Overweight at What Age Should I Start Being Concerned About Heart Disease

    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.

  • Cardio-Pharmacology & Cardiac Rehab | Dr. Briana Costello

    Dr. Briana Costello discusses cardio-pharmacology and cardiac rehabilitation. Dr. Briana Costello is a general and interventional cardiologist at the The Texas Heart Institute Center for Cardiovascular Care. She is an active member of the online medical community and passionate about women’s hear...

  • I’m 65 And I Have Been Taking Aspirin for A Long Time. I Read Aspirin Doesn’t Do Anything. Can I Stop It?

    "Most healthy patients don't need aspirin therapy. We use it in patients at high risk of bad cardiovascular events, such as those with prior heart attacks, strokes, high levels of calcium in the arteries, among others (it's a long list)."
    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General and Interventional Card...

  • I Have a Stent in My Heart, Is It Safe to Stop My Plavix?

    "Some patients may be able to reduce antiplatelet medication after the stent "healed" and has been covered by your own cells."
    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General and Interventional Cardiologist

    Read More: www.texasheartmedical.org/our-specialties/coronary-artery-disease-cad/

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  • I Feel My Heart Stop For a Few Seconds and Restart With a Thump

    "These are most likely premature heart contractions or "skipped beats". Using a rhythm monitor could help diagnose this issue."
    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General and Interventional Cardiologist

    Read More: www.texasheartmedical.org/our-specialties/heart-rhythm-disorders-arrhythmia/

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  • Ep 1 Asked and Answered

    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: texasheartmedical.org/edu

  • My dad had a heart attack in his 50s. I am 27. When should I get checked?

    "While we should always pay attention to our health, you should probably start having a closer look at your cardiovascular status after age 30."

    - Dr. Alexander Postalian, General and Interventional Cardiologist

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