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5 Signs of Atherosclerosis May 3rd, 2021

Chest pain and shortness of breath are scary symptoms to deal with, because they can be signs of a problem with your heart. However, what’s causing you to have these symptoms? It could be a heart attack, or it could be another condition known as atherosclerosis. This condition isn’t something...

Understanding the Difference Between an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator and a Pacemaker Apr 1st, 2021

Heart problems are something that you never want to have to deal with; however, sometimes, you don’t have a choice. Whether you have an irregular heartbeat or something a little more serious, you want to get the best treatment you can to live a long and healthy life. Depending on...

What a Stress Test Can Tell Us About Your Heart Health Mar 1st, 2021

Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body, providing oxygenated blood so you can function. So when something is wrong with your heart, it causes a variety of issues and can be deadly. Early intervention is key to finding the problem; this is where a stress...

Why a Family History of Heart Problems Shouldn't Be Ignored Feb 2nd, 2021

As you age, your risk of conditions like heart disease and stroke increases. Although there are steps you can take to lower your risk, you're stuck with your genetics. This means that your family history does play a part in your overall risk for these conditions. At Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants,...

Swelling in Your Legs? It Could Be a Cardiovascular Issue Jan 1st, 2021

Swollen legs are usually harmless — albeit annoying and sometimes uncomfortable — but sometimes, swelling in the legs can signal an underlying health problem. In this article, Dr. Erick Calderon, cardiovascular health specialist at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants in Sarasota County, Florida, explains common causes of leg swelling and when you...

Adjusting to Life With a Pacemaker Dec 1st, 2020

A pacemaker is a small device implanted into your chest to help your heart beat properly. People get pacemakers for several reasons, but the end goal is always to correct your heartbeat.  Dr. Erick Calderon, cardiologist at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants, understands it can be nerve-wracking to get a pacemaker. To...

Healthy Habits to Support Your Heart Health Nov 1st, 2020

As the leading cause of heart disease among both men and women, one might think that daily prevention practices would be more commonplace. However, it sometimes seems like quite the opposite has happened — heart disease is so common that it’s become “normal” in a sense, and that’s quite the...

Should You Be Concerned About Your Varicose Veins? Oct 1st, 2020

Varicose veins have become so common, they’re now seen as normal. Yet, while varicose veins aren’t usually the most pressing of medical threats, they shouldn't be ignored. Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants in Sarasota County can help you get rid of varicose veins for good. Our vein and heart experts are the...

What Every Woman Should Know About Heart Health Sep 7th, 2020

For whatever reason, heart disease is often regarded as a man’s problem. However, Dr. Erick E. Calderon of Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants knows that heart disease is just as prevalent in women as it is in men — although the risk factors and symptoms vary. That makes it more important than...

4 Types of Cardiology Ultrasounds Aug 11th, 2020

The human heart is one of the most intricate physiological phenomena. Isn’t it impressive that a single organ can power all of your other organs and muscles by delivering blood and nutrients throughout your body?  Your heart is so powerful, but sometimes, hearts can run into issues that cause them...

Understanding the Stent Placement Process Jul 9th, 2020

The process of a stent placement, which requires threading mesh wire into tiny blood vessels, might seem almost impossible to believe. But it’s a relatively common practice that most cardiovascular specialists are experts at — which is a good thing, because stents can save the lives of people who need...

Who Needs to Take Coumadin®? Jun 23rd, 2020

If you have a blood clotting disorder, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, or another condition that increases your chances of having a heart attack or stroke, you’ve probably heard of Coumadin® before. Doctors often prescribe this medication to reduce the risk of potentially fatal cardiovascular events in high-risk people — but...

Cardiovascular Care and COVID-19: What You Should Know May 21st, 2020

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has begun to show some signs of letting up, we aren’t out of the woods yet: Many states still have stay-at-home orders in place, people are still sick, and a second wave of infection remains an unfortunate possibility.  Since the very start of this strange, scary...

Are You a Candidate for Angioplasty? Apr 1st, 2020

If you have suffered a heart attack, have been diagnosed with any form of heart disease, or are experiencing intense chest pain without a diagnosis yet, you may be a candidate for angioplasty at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants. Here, Dr. Erick Calderon explains angioplasty and who gets the procedure. What is...

Lifestyle Changes You Can Apply to Lower Chances of Stroke Mar 1st, 2020

Despite being one of the most common forms of cardiovascular disease (and the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S.), strokes remain poorly understood by many people. A stroke occurs when blood flow to your brain gets interrupted or severely reduced, which prevents your brain from getting the oxygen and...

5 Heart-Healthy Foods to Boost Your Cardiovascular Health Feb 1st, 2020

Decades upon decades of clinical research have provided us science-supported guidelines on how to eat for a healthy heart. Yet heart disease in its various forms still remains the leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for about one in three deaths each year. Perhaps the sheer amount of...

Regulating Your Heart Through a Pacemaker or ICD Jan 1st, 2020

Your heartbeat controls aspects of your health from head to toe. When your heart beats irregularly, too quickly, or too slowly, it threatens to damage the flow of nourishing blood throughout your body. Serious arrhythmias can cause sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), with potentially fatal consequences. To protect your cardiac health,...

Holter Monitor — Diagnosis on the Go Dec 1st, 2019

Have you ever taken your automobile for repairs, only for the problem to mysteriously disappear as soon as the technician gets your keys? You know how frustrating this can be, and it’s even more maddening when the problem pops back up as soon as you head home. In cases like...

Your Weight and Your Heart Health Nov 1st, 2019

Being overweight can affect more than your appearance. Having a higher than recommended weight increases your likelihood of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes — all key risk factors for life-threatening cardiovascular disease. For adults between the ages of 40 and 59, being overweight or obese can increase...

How Cardiac Catheterization Helps Identify Your Heart Problems Oct 1st, 2019

Your doctor called for a cardiac catheterization, but you’re not exactly sure what that means. Sometimes, this can be the first step in a longer procedure for a heart problem, but many times, doctors call for this procedure alone in order to identify a possible heart problem you may or...

How Stress Affects Your Heart Sep 1st, 2019

A certain amount of stress is normal--you’re rushing out the door to get to work on time because your alarm didn’t go off; the car in front of you stops suddenly and you slam on the brakes, but chronic stress isn’t good for your health, and that includes your heart. ...

4 Unexpected Symptoms that Could Mean Heart Trouble Aug 12th, 2019

A healthy heart is one key to good health. Along with preventive care like making good food choices, exercising, and managing your weight, it’s important to be aware of symptoms that could hint at heart problems.  Here at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants in Bradenton, Florida, we believe in preventive care and...

How Can I Get Rid of My Varicose Veins Jul 25th, 2019

It may be warm outside, but if you’re still wearing your long pants because you’re embarrassed by the twisted, bulging road map of veins on your legs, then it’s time to do something about it. Varicose veins are common and affect as many as 25 million Americans. Even though you...

How Heart Health Differs for Men and Women Jun 12th, 2019

Based on current statistics, one out of every three deaths — whether you’re a man or a woman — is the result of heart disease. While these statistics show that both men and women are equally at risk, how the disease develops is different between the sexes. At Lakewood Cardiovascular...

Life After a Stroke May 20th, 2019

You may feel defeated and lonely after a stroke. You may have concerns about your job, your relationship, or your family, and how you’re going to get back to doing the things that bring you joy. But more than 7 million Americans have survived and thrived after a stroke, and...

Understanding How Ultrasounds are Used to Check the Health of Your Heart Apr 8th, 2019

Ultrasound is best known as a tool for checking on unborn babies in their mothers’ wombs. This is far from their only use, however. The beauty of ultrasound testing is that it can capture views inside the body using sound waves to form images rather than radiation, such as with...

Everything You Need to Know About Blood Thinners Mar 7th, 2019

Under normal conditions, the clotting mechanism in your blood is a most welcome protection against excessive bleeding. The formation of a clot is your body’s way of containing the damage, getting the necessary resources in for repairs, and then dissolving once the area is healed. But not all clotting is...

How Often Should You Have a Stress Test Done? Feb 11th, 2019

How often your doctor recommends a stress test depends partly on your risk level for heart disease. If you’re at low risk and show no symptoms, such as shortness of breath or chest pain, the American College of Physicians has concluded that stress tests aren’t needed. Stress tests can have...

What to Expect When Having a Pacemaker Implanted Jan 22nd, 2019

Chances are that if you’re receiving a pacemaker, you have one of a group of conditions known as arrhythmias. Your heart’s rhythm has irregularities, due to illness, aging, or previous heart attack, and a pacemaker sends small electrical signals to restore your heart to its normal beating, when it becomes...

When Should You Have a Venous Screening? Dec 12th, 2018

You’ve probably heard of cardiovascular disease, but did you know that you can develop disease within your veins? There are several conditions that affect your veins, and they’re collectively known as venous disease. A venous screening can play an important role in early detection. Venous disease Your veins carry oxygen-poor...

The Majority of Heart Attacks Are Preventable: How to Lower Your Risk Nov 29th, 2018

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death -- and in most cases it’s preventable. Did you know most people can reduce their risk of having a heart attack in just one year? If you can manage your stress, adopt a nutritious diet, exercise regularly, and make some practical lifestyle...