Cardiology Blog
By Cardiology Associates of Morristown
September 25, 2017
Category: Heart Problems

Learn more about what goes into getting a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).tavr

Has one of our Morristown, NJ, cardiologists - Dr. Mark Blum, Dr. John Cosmi or Dr. Ira Freilich - recently told you that you need to get a percutaneous valve replacement? If so, then you may feel a bit nervous to know that you have to undergo heart surgery. While open heart surgery has traditionally been the way to replace and repair valves, now we offer a less invasive procedure to replace this valve.

What is TAVR?

This FDA-approved surgery is a minimally invasive way to repair a narrowing aortic valve without needing invasive open heart surgery. As a result, this can be performed under IV sedation and local anesthesia. In many cases, a catheter is placed into the femoral artery of the groin, where one of our Morristown heart doctors will direct the replacement heart valve through the catheter until it reaches the aortic valve. Once inside the heart, a new valve is positioned into the proper place before the catheter is removed.

Of course, there are so instances in which the catheter is placed into the apex or aorta of the heart and the valve is delivered this way. In this case, small incisions will need to be made in the chest so that we can place the catheter. Of course, these incisions are significantly smaller than in traditional open heart surgery. Plus, the recovery process is much faster after getting TAVR than with traditional heart surgery, which means a shorter stay in the hospital after your procedure.

Who is a good candidate for TAVR?

Patients who have severe aortic stenosis who may not be ideal candidates for open heart surgery can get the valve repair and replacement they require through a TAVR procedure. Older adults (often 70 years old or older) and those with other health conditions may be ideal candidates for this heart surgery.

Do you have questions about your upcoming TAVR procedure? Do you need to schedule an appointment with a cardiologist in Morristown, NJ? If so, then it’s time you called Cardiology Associates of Morristown.

By Cardiology Associates of Morristown
September 25, 2017
Category: Cardiac Health
Tags: Cardiology  

According to the American Heart Association, over 92 million American adults are living with some type of cardiovascular disease. HeartCardiologist disease it is a top ailment due to the poor diets of Americans, stress, and heredity. The team at Cardiology Associates of Morristown, NJ, is committed to helping patients avoid serious complications related to heart disease. Learn when you should see a cardiologist and the treatments this important doctor can offer you. 

What Does a Cardiologist Do?
In short, a cardiologist is a doctor that specializes in matters of the heart. They help patients manage heart-related issues including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. They are trained specifically to identify, treat and prevent conditions that can affect the heart. Cardiologists commonly see patients who have had heart attacks, murmurs or stroke, or who are at risk for these issues. Tests are available to help at-risk patients get the treatments they need before there’s a more serious health problem.

When Should You See a Heart Doctor?
Make an appointment with a Morristown cardiologist if any of the following situations applies to you:

  • You’re over the age of 40
  • You’re struggling with obesity
  • You have a family history of heart disease
  • You have high blood pressure or high cholesterol
  • You’ve been diagnosed with diabetes
  • You have had a stroke or heart attack in the past
  • You’re experiencing strange symptoms, including dizziness, weakness, nausea or pains in the chest
  • Your primary physician recommends that you see a cardiologist

Common Tests and Treatments
Here are some of the most common tests that a cardiologist performs:

  • Blood pressure tests
  • Echocardiograms (EKG)
  • Stress tests (including nuclear stress testing)
  • Head Up Tilt Table (HUTT) tests
  • Cardiac catheterization

If you’re diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, your cardiologist will likely recommend heart, cholesterol and blood pressure medicines to manage your condition. Stenting may also be used if blockages are identified. In more advanced cases of heart disease, surgery may be necessary.

Consult with a Cardiologist
A cardiologist is an important doctor to see to ensure your ongoing heart health. Call (973) 889-9001 today to schedule an initial visit to Cardiology Associates of Morristown in Morristown, NJ.

By Cardiology Associates of Morristown
September 25, 2017
Category: Cardiac Health

Think you don't have to worry about heart disease? More people die from the disease than from all types of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association. Dr. Mark Blum, Dr. John Edward Cosmi and Dr. Ira Freilich, your Morristown, NJ, cardiologists, share a few tips that will help keep your heart healthy.

Eat a healthy diet

Improve your heart health with a diet that includes fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, nuts and fish. Consuming saturated and trans fats can increase your heart disease risk. You'll find saturated fats in red meat, pork, poultry with the skin, hot dogs, whole, cheese, butter and other foods. Trans fats are found in cookies, cakes, doughnuts, deep-fried foods, fast food, chips, crackers and other snacks.

Exercise often

Keep your heart strong by exercising at least 2 1/2 hours per week. Choose aerobic activities that elevate your heart rate, such as walking or swimming, and combine them with muscle-strengthening exercises at least two or three times a week. Exercising can reduce your risk of developing several diseases and conditions that can harm your heart, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Stop smoking

Smoking can increase your risk of heart disease by:

  • Raising your blood pressure and heart rate
  • Clogging your arteries with plaque
  • Damaging your blood vessels

It's never too late to quit smoking. As early as two weeks to three months after you quit, your heart attack risk begins to drop, notes the American Lung Association.

Reduce stress

Do you smoke, drink or eat too much when you're stressed? Those habits increase your risk of heart disease and are often ineffective in relieving stress. Your Morristown doctors want you to get a little exercise instead. Although exercise is an excellent natural stress reliever, any activity that helps you relax and isn't unhealthy can protect your heart from the damaging effects of stress.

Protect your heart health by making a few lifestyle changes and visiting your doctor for diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. Are you concerned about your heart health? Call Dr. Blum, Dr. Edward Cosmi and Dr. Freilich, your Morristown, NJ, cardiologists, at (973) 889-9001 to schedule your appointment.

By Cardiology Associates of Morristown
September 25, 2017
Category: Heart Problems
Tags: Cardiac Procedures  

Not all cardiac treatments are invasive. Find out the many non-invasive options you do have for treating your heart conditions.

Have you recently suffered from a heart attack? Having a heart attack can be a frightening situation that you may never have thought would happen to you. Of course, you probably have already undergone treatments to help you after your heart attack but you may require more treatments in the near future. Of course, a heart attack does not necessarily mean that you need to have surgery in order to get the care you need. Our Morristown, NJ cardiologists--Dr. Mark Blum, Dr. John Edward Cosmi and Dr. Ira Freilich--provide information on non-invasive cardiac treatments available.

One of the most common non-invasive heart procedures our Morristown heart doctors perform is an angioplasty. An angioplasty uses a special tube that contains a balloon on the end of it. The tube is carefully guided through the coronary arteries where the balloon is then inflated to help clear the blocked areas to improve blood flow to these regions of the heart.

Sometimes a stent is also placed in the heart at the same time the angioplasty is performed. A stent is designed to keep the artery open and decrease the likelihood that a blockage will occur. What makes this procedure non-invasive is that a large incision doesn’t have to be made to the chest. The procedure lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on everyone’s individual case.

A laser angioplasty is also another way to perform this procedure. Instead of having a balloon at the end, this catheter that we guide through the artery has a laser at the end. Through these beams of light we are able to remove the buildup of plaque and open up the blocked arteries of the heart.

Why might I need an angioplasty?

There are certain reasons why we might recommend this course of action:

  • It can reduce your risk of another heart attack
  • It can reduce chest pain
  • It can improve blood flow to the artery
  • It can improve your ability to exercise

An atherectomy is another non-invasive procedure that uses the same catheter system that an angioplasty does. The only difference is that it has a shaver at the end of it that is able to rotate to cut away plaque from the arteries and improve blood flow. This is also an option for those who have a blockage in the carotid arteries. Getting an atherectomy to repair blockages in the carotid can reduce your chances of a stroke.

Nothing is more important than your heart and here at Cardiology Associates of Morristown we think so too. We are happy to provide the latest in cardiac technologies for the Morristown, NJ area.

By Cardiology Associates of Morristown
September 25, 2017
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It’s important to know what treatment options are available in Morristown, NJ when it comes to managing your heart disease.

Heart disease might sound like a scary diagnosis, but your Morristown cardiologists Dr. Mark Blum, Dr. John Edward Cosmi and Dr. Ira Freilich are here to make sure that you get the care you deserve every step of the way so that it doesn’t seem so scary. Discover some of the common non-invasive treatment options that could work for you.

Lifestyle Modifications

There are certain daily habits you can change that will also treat your heart disease:

Smoking cessation

If you are a smoker, it’s strongly advised that you quit. Smoking can increase your risk for heart attack and even worsen your condition. If you are having trouble quitting on your own, then talk to our Morristown heart doctor about programs that could help you ditch the habit for good.

Eat a heart-healthy diet

If you want to improve your heart disease symptoms, you’ll also want to make some serious changes to your diet. A healthy, balanced diet includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free (or low-fat) dairy, lean proteins, beans and nuts. Avoid processed foods and sugary treats, and only drink alcohol in moderation.

Also, choose fresh ingredients that you have to prepare yourself rather than prepared or packaged foods that often contain a high level of sodium. Since consuming too much salt can also increase your chances of high blood pressure, it’s important that you read all the labels on your foods and avoid adding salt to your meals.

Get some exercise

Regular physical activity is a great way to lower your chances of heart disease-related complications. The more active you are, the bigger the healthy benefits. If you are new to working out, talk to us about the best exercise regime to start with. Even walking promises some heart-healthy advantages!

Lose Weight

Being overweight or obese can also leave you prone to heart disease risk factors, which is why it’s important to maintain a healthy weight. Eating healthier, smaller portions and exercising regularly can help you lose the weight. Shoot for a BMI of less than 25.

Medications

If these lifestyle changes aren’t enough to treat your heart disease symptoms, then we may need to recommend certain medications that will reduce the amount of workload on your heart, as well as reduce your risk of heart attack, high blood pressure or blood clots.

The only way to truly find out which treatment is ideal for you and your heart is to come into Cardiology Associates of Morristown for a consultation. Let our very own heart disease experts give you the individualized care you deserve so you can lead a healthy, happy life for many years to come.





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