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Blood Pressure Diagram Blood Pressure
By Conan Gasque - Nov 15, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Heart doctors have changed the guidelines for high blood pressure, and there’s a chance under these new guidelines you may now have it.

The old standard for high blood pressure used to be 140/90. Now it’s 130/80. Dr. Andrew P. Miller, a cardiologist with Cardiovascular Associates in Birmingham, says the change was a long time coming. The guidelines were last updated in 2003. And he believes the new designation will contribute to better heart health around the country. more >>

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Atrial Fibrillation
By Dale Short - Aug 04, 2017

Bang, bang, bang! If you experience your heart banging against your chest or skipping beats you may be experiencing an arrhythmia. An arrhythmia is an irregular rate or rhythm of the heartbeat, where your heart can beat too fast or slow. Most commonly, this is caused by atrial fibrillation (AFib), when disorganized electrical signals cause the heart’s chambers not to beat in sync or fibrillate. Millions of Americans are affected by this disease and the number increases each year. AFib is the most common abnormal heart rhythm in America. more >>

Dr. Stephen BakirthNew TAVR Procedure Replaces Aortic Valve with Minimally Invasive Surgery
By Dale Short - July 17, 2017

A generation ago, when coronary stents started becoming a household word, they were a revolution that in many cases made traditional open-heart surgery unnecessary. Now there's a new breakthrough called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) that uses minimally invasive surgery to replace a failing aortic valve with a new one. more >>

Dr. Stephen BakirthTAVR Available at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center's Structural Heart Program

Our Structural Heart Program is now open in a second location – Brookwood Baptist Medical Center! Dr. Stephen Bakir, interventional cardiologist with Cardiovascular Associates (CVA), spoke to Good Day about our program's second location at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center and the procedures that are already being offered.

Brad Cavender MDDaylight saving time may increase the risk of heart attacks
by Amber Grigley — March 10, 2017

This is the weekend we spring forward to daylight saving time. Some studies show people have a greater risk of having a heart attack the first Monday "after" the switch. more >>

New Breakthrough Helps High-cholesterol Patients
By Dale Short — February 10, 2017

30 years ago, the introduction of statins proved to be a major breakthrough in cardiovascular care. The cholesterol-lowering medicines became the best-selling drugs in pharmaceutical history. Now there is a new breakthrough - two injectable medicines, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, that fight cholesterol by attacking the enzymes that allow cholesterol to migrate into the bloodstream. more >>

WALK WITH A DOC AND LEARN ABOUT HEART HEALTH

As we get older our risk for heart disease grows, but here’s the good news: you can lower your risk simply by eating healthier and making a few lifestyle changes. Learn more at our Walk With a Doc event at the Hoover Rec Center. Dr. Barry Rayburn will lead a walking program where he will speak about risk factors and prevention for heart disease, as well as encourage patients to adopt a more active lifestyle. Take control of your heart health today. Join us for our Walk With a Doc event.

July 11th, 8:30 to 9:30 A.M.
Hoover Rec Center
600 Municipal Drive
Hoover, AL 35216
Meet on the third floor Express Cardio Room

The 7 Steps to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke
Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in Alabama. Dr. Barry Rayburn, cardiologist with CVA, spoke to WBRC Fox6 News about the seven simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of this deadly disease.

Managing Hypertension after SPRINT
By Laura Freeman - February 10, 2017

New guidelines for managing hypertension are expected this year. Meanwhile, in light of the SPRINT study and years of debate about blood pressure targets for older adults, many physicians face questions over how aggressively they should push for lower blood pressure numbers. more>>

Dominick's Story
CREST2 Carotid Artery Disease patient.
Gary Roubin, M.D., PhD., Cardiovascular Associates

In 2003, Dominick Giovannelli was constantly on the move and traveling a lot for work. During a business trip, Dominick was running through the airport when he felt a pain in his arm and tightness in his chest. more>>

Anuradha Rao, MD on WBRC
Dr. Anuradha Rao, cardiologist with CVA, answered questions about heart disease in women for WBRC Fox6 callers. She discussed the unusual symptoms of heart disease in women, how heart issues can affect memory and what women with diabetes should do to take care of their heart. Watch the segment...

Limb Sparing Procedure Saves Patient's Leg
Two winters ago, Kevin Glandon faced a prognosis of an amputation of his left leg due to poor circulation from peripheral artery disease. more >>

The Women of CVA – Heart Health Tailored for Women
Cardiovascular Associates of the Southeast opened its doors in Birmingham, AL in 1946. The private cardiology group is comprised of over thirty physicians who specialize in an array of diagnosis and treatment options with a balance of nationally recognized experts, as well as recently trained cardiologists, in order to maintain our position at the forefront of cardiovascular care. more >>

Sheila's Story
Dr. Macy Smith atrial fibrillation patient
Sheila Flanagan was born with an atrial septal heart defect and at the age of six had open heart surgery to repair it. more >>

CVA Welcomes New Cardiovascular Physician to Team
Cardiovascular Associates of the Southeast is excited to announce that Himanshu Gupta, MD, FACC a cardiovascular physician, specializing in cardiovascular imaging and general cardiology has joined the group as of December 19, 2016.  more >>

Smith Performs Zero Fluoroscopy Ablation
By Dale Short - November 8, 2016

Dr. Gary Roubin joins CVASE
September 3, 2014

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