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Serving the Northern Virginia community for 30 years.

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Advancing the cardiac and vascular health
and well being of our patients.

Patient Educaton

Educating our patients about their own well being.

Our Commitment

Providing world class quality care to our patients
with 4 convenient office locations and 10 cardiologists.

Latest Resources

    • 07 JUL 14
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    Music of the Heart

    Music of the Heart

    It might be an old article but it sheds light on the man behind Dr. Cleve Francis. Cleveland Cleve Francis Jr., M.D., making full house calls to help ease the worlds ills. By Chuck Hagee/Gazette Packet – 2006 Many song writers and singers have penned and vocalized musical testaments to the heart. From country ballads

    • 07 JUL 14
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    Women & Heart Disease

    Women & Heart Disease

    In the United States, 1 in 4 women dies from heart disease. In fact, coronary heart disease (CHD)—the most common type of heart disease—is the #1 killer of both men and women in the United States. Other types of heart disease, such as coronary microvascular disease (MVD) and broken heart syndrome, also pose a risk for women. These disorders,

    • 18 MAR 14
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    Early Signs of Heart Disease in Young

    Early Signs of Heart Disease in Young

    Interesting article by Melissa Schorr about the early signs of heart disease in young patients. It shows how we need to eat healthy, exercise, watch for early signs and check with a cardiologist if necessary. Drop the challupa. While you’re at it, drop that Big Mac and Double Whopper as well. A new study examining

    • 18 MAR 14
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    5 secrets not to keep from your cardiologist

    5 secrets not to keep from your cardiologist

    Carolyn Hennecy Share had a suspicion about what was happening to her when she started having shortness of breath and tension in her left arm and jaw.  She shares her experience with CNN She was working as a legal assistant at a busy law firm in Lakeland, Florida, and had witnessed her boss experience the

For a Healthy Heart

  • Eat Healthy

    With all the mixed messages about “good” and “bad” foods in the media, it’s not surprising that many people just give up trying to figure out what they should eat. If you’re confused, you’re not alone.

    Forget the competing headlines — the best way to eat heart healthy is to follow national guidelines from organizations like the American Heart Association. These are established by experts who monitor research, and are not focused on the latest fads and trends. It’s actually much simpler than people realize.

    Ready to step up to a diet rich in the healthy nutrients your heart craves? The experts recommend staring here:

    • Eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fiber.
    • Eat fish at least twice a week.
    • Limit how much saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol you eat. Only 30% of your daily calories should come from fat, with very little of that from saturated fats.
    • Select fat-free, 1% fat, and low-fat dairy products.
    • Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet.
    • Limit your salt intake.

    One way to make sure that your diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, and fiber, and low in saturated fats, is to divide your plate at each meal: half vegetables, 1/4 high-quality protein (like legumes — terrific sources of protein and great for a healthy heart!), and 1/4 for fish or a very lean meat.

    And remember, you should get your nutrients from foods themselves, the antioxidants and other heart-healthy goodies found in foods like blueberries, beans, and artichokes don’t pack the same punch when they’re not in food form.

  • Is Your Exercise Routine Really Helping You Have a Healthy Heart?

    It’s easy to get discouraged about exercise: It’s hard to fit into a busy lifestyle. The people at the gym look like they spend hours there. You haven’t run a mile since college. But no excuses — like eating right, getting the exercise your heart needs is easier than it looks.

    If you’re not overweight, all you need to maintain a heart healthy lifestyle is 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five or more times a week. And you don’t have to do it all at once — 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening are just fine.

    Getting that amount of exercise has substantial benefits for your heart, Just how much is hard to quantify, but research shows that being physically inactive is a major risk factor for developing coronary artery disease.

  • Do You Know Your Other Heart Health Risk Factors?

    A heart-healthy lifestyle is about more than just diet and exercise. The single most dangerous thing you can do to your heart is to smoke. Just by itself, cigarette smoking increases your risk of heart disease, but it also worsens other factors that contribute to heart disease:

    • It increases blood pressure
    • It increases the tendency of blood to clot
    • It decreases levels of HDL — the good cholesterol

    If you smoke a pack a day, you have more than twice the risk of a heart attack than someone who doesn’t smoke.