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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

    • 08 AUG 14
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    The Fishy Origins of the Fish Oil Craze

    The Fishy Origins of the Fish Oil Craze

    A fun and great article by Elizabeth Preston blogs at Inkfish and is the editor of Muse, a science magazine for kids. Follow her on Twitter about the benefits of Fish Oil for the heart. Article was published at the Medical Examiner. In the 1970s, a pair of Danish researchers ventured north of the Arctic

    • 08 AUG 14
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    Understanding the New Prevention Guidelines

    Understanding the New Prevention Guidelines

    The newest heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines for doctors urge them to help you avoid heart disease and stroke by prescribing drugs called statins for some of you, treating obesity as a disease, and giving you other resources to stay healthy. So what does that mean for you? Should you change your medications? Should you

    • 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,

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.