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Do You Have Chronic Leg Pain? Here’s What it Could Be Oct 1st, 2022

Leg pain can result from muscle soreness, sprains, strains, and inflammation, among other things. But did you know that leg pain can also be a sign of vascular disease? At Northwest Houston Heart Center, our fellowship-trained cardiologists Dr. A. Adnan Aslam and Dr. Roy Norman want their patients in Tomball,...

A Silent Danger: Subtle Signs of Hypertension You Should Know Sep 1st, 2022

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a major health problem. While your blood pressure normally rises and falls during the day, if it remains too high for too long, it can cause serious complications, including increased risk for heart, brain, and kidney diseases, and even death. According to the CDC, hypertension...

What Nuclear Stress Testing Can Show About Your Heart’s Function Aug 1st, 2022

Your doctor may order a stress test for a number of reasons. First, if you show any symptoms of heart disease, including chest pain and/or shortness of breath, he may want to get a sense of how your heart functions under physical strain. The test’s results provide information about the...

What You Need to Know About the Different Types of Cholesterol Jul 1st, 2022

Cholesterol is a waxy fat, also known as a lipid, that moves through your bloodstream to all parts of your body. Your body naturally makes the cholesterol you need, but because you can also get it through eating animal-derived foods, you can end up with higher-than-desired levels. Cholesterol is an...

The Link Between a Poor Diet and Hypertension Jun 1st, 2022

Hypertension, aka high blood pressure, is a major health problem. While it’s normal for your blood pressure to rise and fall during the day, especially if you’re exercising or otherwise taxing your body, if it remains elevated for too long, it leads to serious complications, including death. According to the CDC,...

Do My Throbbing Veins Need Medical Attention? May 4th, 2022

If you’re exercising, you may notice a throbbing sensation in your blood vessels as your heart increases the volume of blood it pumps and the force with which it sends it through your body. But what if you feel a throbbing in your veins when you’re not exercising? Is this...

What’s Causing My Hypertension? Apr 3rd, 2022

Hypertension is more commonly known as high blood pressure, and it’s a major health problem. Your blood pressure normally rises and falls during the day; however, if it remains too high for too long, it can cause serious complications, including death. According to the CDC, hypertension was a primary or...

What Can I Expect During a Stress Test? Mar 9th, 2022

If you exhibit any symptoms of cardiac disease, such as chest pain and/or shortness of breath, your doctor may order a stress test to assess how your heart functions under physical strain, such as exercise. The test’s results relay information about the underlying cause(s) of your symptoms so he can...

Can Varicose Veins Cause Danger to My Health? Feb 2nd, 2022

Varicose veins are an aesthetic eyesore. These large, colored, ropy protrusions, primarily on the legs and feet, mar the appearance of your skin. But are they a danger to your health? Yes, according to Dr. Adnan Aslam and Dr. Roy Norman at Northwest Houston Heart Center, serving the greater Houston,...

The Link Between Atrial Fibrillation and Shortness of Breath Jan 16th, 2022

An arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat — too fast, too slow, or uneven. Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a common type of arrhythmia, caused by chaotic electrical activity in the upper chambers of the heart. When you experience AFib, one of the characteristic symptoms is shortness of breath. At Northwest Houston...

Are Your Varicose Veins a Sign of Deeper Trouble? Dec 13th, 2021

Varicose veins are large, ropy, colored swellings that appear on the skin, primarily on the legs and feet. They can be an aesthetic eyesore, but most often, they’re a sign of deeper trouble with the circulatory system. At Northwest Houston Heart Center, with four locations around the Houston, Texas, area,...

Lifestyle Tips for Managing Your Hypertension Nov 15th, 2021

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a serious medical condition that can affect your circulatory health and the health of your other organ systems. According to the CDC, 47% of US adults (116 million) have hypertension or are taking medication for it, but only 24% of those living with it...

What to Expect from an EKG Oct 14th, 2021

Your heart pumps out the blood that travels through your circulatory system, delivering oxygen and other nutrients to your tissues and other organs. It contains four chambers, two on the left side and two on the right; they coordinate their contractions through electrical signals. If you want to measure the...

The Many Causes of Chest Pain Sep 22nd, 2021

Chest pain is one of the hallmark symptoms of a heart attack for most people, and if you’re having chest pain, heart attack is probably the first concern that comes to mind.  The fact is, though, chest pain has lots of potential causes. Determining what’s causing your chest pain is...