Advanced Cardiovascular Care Center

Advanced Cardiovascular Care Center offers cardiac services in a warm, comforting, relaxing atmosphere. The practice is committed to high quality patient care in an ever-changing health care environment.

The practice operates under the direction of Dr. Annie Varughese, Board-Certified in Cardiology and leading cardiology specialist providing treatment for heart attacks, angina, hypertension and all aspects of cardiology. The well-trained cardiology staff offers a variety of comprehensive, state-of-the-art services to diagnose, treat and manage heart disease. Our cardiac specialists improve the lives of thousands of patients every year using advanced surgical and non-surgical procedures.

The goal is to provide state-of-the-art cardiology care in a personal setting for our patients. We provide information for you and your family so you can understand the problem, tests and any recommended treatments.

We thank you for selecting Advanced Cardiovascular Care Center for you or your loved ones. We appreciate any suggestions how we might improve our service for you.

The services offered by Advanced Cardiovascular Care Centre are listed below.

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Advanced Lipid Test with Advanced Cardiovascular Care Centre

Advanced Cardio Vascular care Centre:- Advanced Lipid Test

We offer cardiovascular risk assessment with Advanced Lipid Testing. We believe that cardiovascular risk reduction and prevention is one of our most important tasks. Our advanced lipid testing goes beyond standard lipid (cholesterol) tests. The advanced lipid test identifies other factors, which are inherited, that increase your risk for cardiovascular disease, heart stroke and diabetes.

This takes into consideration significantly more precise and custom-made treatment which is intended to prevent cardiovascular infection. This test likewise measures the high risk protein, lipoprotein (an), and tests for inflammation and absorption and synthesis. At the point when patient have elevated cholesterol, patient may create fatty deposits in patient veins. In the end, these stores make it troublesome for enough blood to flow through patient arteries. Understanding heart may not get as much oxygen-rich blood as it needs, which builds the risk of a heart attack. Diminished blood stream to patient cerebrum can bring about a stroke.

Elevated cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) can be acquired, yet it’s frequently the consequence of undesirable way of life decisions, and along these lines preventable and treatable. A healthy diet, general activity and here and there prescription can go far toward reducing high cholesterol.

Advanced Lipid Test identifies risk factors which are inherited, that increase risk of cardiovascular disease, heart stroked and /or diabetes. The results of advanced lipid tests help doctors to develop a treatment plan to include the best nutritional and exercise recommendations.

Advanced lipid testing is an excellent preventative health analysis provided by doctors. As an extension of standard blood-cholesterol tests, advanced lipid testing provides more detailed information of the levels of lipids in the blood that may increase the risk of high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, or other health problems in some patients and sometimes causing heart stroke.  The advanced lipid testing procedure is a simple blood test that can be performed in the office at Advanced Cardiovascular Care Centre, but it must be prescribed by a doctor or specialist.

When Advanced Lipid Testing is Preferred?

If your cholesterol has been tested recently and you’ve been informed you have high cholesterol levels, then advanced lipid testing performed. While the necessity of advanced lipid testing remains a hot topic in some healthcare circles, for many high-risk patients this is the most effective method of assessing a prevention or treatment plan for potentially life-threatening health problems.

 Depending on your particular medical concerns, your doctor can tailor a plan to your specific needs.

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Aneurysm – Advanced Cardiovascular Care Center

An aneurysm is an abnormal swelling or bulge in the wall of a blood vessel, such as an artery. It begins as a weak spot in the blood vessel wall, which balloons out of shape over time by the force of the pumping blood.

ANEURYSM can occur anywhere throughout the circulatory system, but most commonly develop along the aorta (the body’s main artery that runs the length of the trunk from the heart) and in blood vessels of the brain. Aneurysms are potentially fatal if they rupture. Death can occur within minutes. Usually, aneurysms develop at the point where a blood vessel branches, because the ‘fork’ is structurally more vulnerable.

 Symptoms of an Aneurysm

An aneurysm may have no symptoms (asymptomatic) until it is either very large or it ruptures. Symptoms depend on which blood vessel is affected.

 Types of Aneurysms

Different types of aneurysms include cerebral aneurysms, thoracic aortic aneurysms and abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Cerebral Aneurysm

A cerebral aneurysm occurs in a blood vessel in the brain. An aneurysm in the brain has no relationship to other aneurysms in the body, but in a small number of people, there is a family history. Cerebral aneurysms are more common over the age of 60.

Symptoms of a ruptured cerebral aneurysm include severe headache with rapid onset, neck pain and stiffness, increasing drowsiness, paralysis, seizures, impaired speech and visual problems. An unruptured cerebral aneurysm may have no symptoms related to it at all and may be discovered incidentally.

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

A thoracic aortic aneurysm affects the aorta in the chest. Symptoms of a ruptured thoracic aortic aneurysm include pain in the chest, back and neck, coughing, breathlessness, swallowing difficulties, hoarseness of the voice, swelling of the arms, and a constricted pupil and drooping of the eyelid affecting one eye.

In many cases, a thoracic aortic aneurysm doesn’t cause any symptoms and is discovered by accident during medical examinations for an unrelated condition.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

An abdominal aortic aneurysm affects the aorta in the abdomen. Symptoms include pain in the lower back, abdominal swelling, nausea, vomiting, rapid heart rate (tachycardia), sweating and the sensation of a pulse in the abdomen.

Cause of Aneurysm

  • A weakness in the blood vessel wall that is present from birth (congenital aneurysm)
  • Fatty plaques (atherosclerosis) resulting in a weakness of the blood vessel wall
  • Inherited diseases that may result in weaker than normal blood vessel walls
  • Trauma, such as a crush injury to the chest
  • Polycystic kidney disease increasing the risk of cerebral aneurysm
  • Very occasionally, an infection targeting and weakening a section of blood vessel
  • The sexually transmitted infection (STI) syphilis, if untreated, targeting the aorta and weakening its walls
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) over many years resulting in damage and weakening of blood vessels

Diagnosis of an aneurysm

An aneurysm is diagnosed using a number of tests including:

  • Physical examination
  • X-rays
  • Ultrasound scans
  • Computed tomography (CT) scans or CT angiograms
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or MR angiograms
  • Digital subtraction angiograms
  • Examination of cerebrospinal fluid

 Treatment for an aneurysm

Cerebral aneurysm – is repaired either by coils or stent insertion, or by surgery where the aneurysm has been clipped. If the aneurysm has ruptured, then you will need to stay in hospital for up to 21 days because of potential complications, including vasospasm and hydrocephalus. Around one third of all people who experience a ruptured cerebral aneurysm die, and less than 30 per cent get back to a pre-rupture state.

Thoracic aortic aneurysm – requires drugs to control high blood pressure and surgery to repair the aneurysm if necessary. Sometimes, the nearby heart valve may also need fixing during the operation. Most people with a ruptured thoracic aortic aneurysm die within minutes.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm – requires drugs to control high blood pressure and surgery to repair the aneurysm if necessary. The mortality rate is more than 50 per cent if the aneurysm ruptures.

Surgical repair of aneurysms

If the aortic aneurysm is less than five cm wide, it is usually left untreated, but closely monitored (in case it gets bigger). If it is larger than five cm, the aneurysm is surgically repaired. In most cases, the aneurysm is cut out and the hole is plugged with an artificial graft.

Depending on the location of the cerebral aneurysm, it will be treated either surgically with clipping, or by using fine platinum coils inserted in the aneurysm via an angiogram, which is a radiological procedure used, in this case, to close the aneurysm and preserve the normal flow of blood in the brain.

Treatment of a ruptured cerebral aneurysm is an urgent procedure, but treatment of an unruptured aneurysm can be performed semi-electively.

Seek counsel from our Best Cardiologists in Houston if you suspect you are suffering from Aneurysms for the best treatment options for you.

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PFO & ASD Closure – Advanced Cardiovascular Care Center

PFO & ASD Closure is a procedure to repair a small opening in the wall between the upper chambers of the heart. Two types of openings wall are Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) and Atrial Septal Defect (ASD).

Procedure of PFO & ASD closure

The techniques for PFO and ASD closure are almost equal; PFO & ASD Closure procedure is performed using X-rays and echo ultrasound guidance, usually under a general anesthetic.

Electrodes (small, sticky patches) will be placed on your chest. These are attached to a monitor to measure your heart’s electrical activity. Your heart will also be monitored with an echocardiogram (heart ultrasound), sometimes by passing a probe down your esophagus, or from your blood vessel into your heart.

 PFO AFD

A fine tube, a catheter, is passed from the blood vessel at the top of the leg to the heart, where it is guided across the PFO or ASD. A device, of which there are now many types, is carefully positioned to straddle the hole, and it is then deployed across the PFO/ASD. This will immediately diminish the potential for blood to shunt across the hole, and over time the body forms a thin lining over the device, reducing the shunt even further and generally sealing it completely.

Recovery

Patients can expect to go home either the evening of the procedure or the following day and is usually prescribed aspirin and similar drugs for a few months afterwards. You may feel sore from several hours of lying flat but this will go away in a day or so. The catheter site will be bruised, but this should go away in about a week. You might also temporarily have a sore throat if a tube was placed down your throat to take ultrasound images of your heart.

Patients can lead an entirely normal life after the procedure but should have intermittent reviews for life to check that all remains well.

Risks

There are risks with any kind of procedure, including ASD or PFO closure. But serious complications are rare. Risks include:

Temporary leg numbness or weakness in the first few hours afterward (rare) Bruising, bleeding, infection, or blood vessel damage where catheter(s) were inserted

Damage to the heart muscle that may require open heart surgery

Abnormal heart rhythm

Blood clots

Heart attack or stroke

Negative reaction to anesthetic or dye

Unforeseen complications

Advanced Cardiovascular Care Center performs PFO/ASD Closure scan services at high standards of patient personal care.

Seek counsel from our Cardiology Doctors in Houston if you suspect you observe any heart disease signs or symptoms for the best treatment options for you.

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Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary Embolism :

A clot that forms in one part of the body and travels in the bloodstream to another part of the body is called an embolus. A pulmonary embolism is a blockage in the pulmonary artery, the blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the lungs.

Causes of PULMONARY EMBOLISM:

Blood clots can form for a variety of reasons. Pulmonary embolisms are most often caused by Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a condition in which blood clots form in veins deep in the body. The blood clots that most often cause pulmonary embolisms typically begin in the legs or arms.

Signs and Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism:

Pulmonary embolism symptoms can vary greatly, depending on how much of your lung is involved, the size of the clots and your overall health — especially the presence or absence of underlying lung disease or heart disease.

  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath

Other Signs and Symptoms Include:

  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Clammy or discolored skin
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Leg pain or swelling, or both, usually in the calf

Risk Factors Include:

Pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening, but prompt treatment can greatly reduce the risk of death. Taking measures to prevent blood clots in your legs will help protect you against pulmonary embolism.

  • Cancer, Obesity
  • Major surgery
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Fractures of the leg or hip
  • A family history of embolisms
  • A history of heart attack or stroke

Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism:

Diagnosing pulmonary embolism is difficult, because there are many other medical conditions, depends on an accurate and thorough medical history and ruling out other conditions. Your doctor will need to know about your symptoms and risk factors for pulmonary embolism. This information, combined with a careful physical exam, will point to the initial tests that are best suited to diagnose a deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.

Tests that are often done if you have shortness of breath or chest pain include:

  • A chest X-ray, Arterial blood gas analysis, Electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG)

Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism:

Patients with pulmonary embolism are treated with clot-dissolving and clot-preventing drugs. Oxygen therapy is often needed to maintain normal oxygen concentrations. For people who can’t take anticoagulants and in some other cases, surgery may be needed to insert a device that filters blood returning to the heart and lungs. The goal of treatment is to maintain the patient’s cardiovascular and respiratory functions while the blockage resolves, which takes 10-14 days, and to prevent the formation of other emboli.

Thrombolytic therapy to dissolve blood clots is the aggressive treatment for very severe pulmonary embolism. Streptokinase, urokinase, and recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) are thrombolytic agents. Heparin is the injectable anticoagulant (clotpreventing) drug of choice for preventing formation of blood clots. Warfarin, an oral anticoagulant, is usually continued when the patient leaves the hospital and doesn’t need heparin any longer.

Prevention of Pulmonary Embolism:

People having major surgery should be assessed for their DVT risk, and people at high risk of DVT may need preventative (prophylactic) doses of heparin or a similar medicine before and after surgery. Other preventative measures are also possible while in hospital. Pulmonary embolism risk can be reduced in certain patients through judicious use of anti-thrombotic drugs such as heparin, venous interruption, gradient elastic stockings and/or intermittent pneumatic compression of the legs.

Pulmonary Embolism can be life-threatening. It’s important to get immediate medical treatment for it. Seek counsel from our Houston Cardiologist if you suspect you are suffering from Pulmonary Embolism for the best treatment options for you. Call on +1 281-866-7701. Advanced Cardiovascular Care Center…!

Best Cardiologists in Houston – Advanced Cardiovascular Care Center

Advanced Cardiovascular Care Center :-

Advanced Cardiovascular Care Center reputed Heart Clinic in Houston provides the highest standard of excellence in Cardiovascular Care while exemplifying our ideals of customized patient care. Our goal is that of achieving superior patient satisfaction in every aspect of services given. We perceive our organization as a team of cardiology doctors in Houston working towards one common goal, that of our patients’ good health and well being. To that end, we pledge our services.

Dr. Annie Varughese Cardiology Doctor in Houston attended the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia and subsequently completed her residency in Internal Medicine as well as Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Dr. Annie Varughese Houston Cardiologist pursued further training in Interventional Cardiology at The Texas Heart Institute/Baylor College of Medicine and now has been in private practice in the Northwest Houston and Woodlands area for the past 20 years.

As Executive Vice President for Professional Development of Best Docs Network Houston Television Show, author of two books, singer/songwriter, fashion designer, running a bustling Cardiology Practice, Dr. Annie Varughese is a woman imbued with the spirit of entrepreneurship.

 

Keeping to the tradition of influential women in history, Dr. Annie Varughese, MD, FACC, a highly renowned interventional cardiologist and international speaker regarding the issues of Preventive Cardiology and of Women and Heart Disease, practices the art of Cardiovascular Medicine here in Houston and The Woodlands and Conroe areas.

Dr. Varughese is a highly qualified Heart Specialist in Houston. She raised herself from humble beginnings and attended the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia, subsequently completing her residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She then attended The Texas Heart Institute/Baylor College of Medicine for further training in Interventional Cardiology.

She was rewarded for her hard work recently when she was voted one of America’s Top Cardiologists/ Consumer Research Council of America for 2011.

Her own private practice, Advanced Cardiovascular Care Center, has been an establishment of the area of Northwest Houston, The Woodlands, and Conroe for over twenty years. She now promotes her message of wellness at medical conventions and seminars all over the world, imploring the public to do the little things that will keep their heart ticking. Having accomplished so much in her own life, she wants to ensure that her patients are, likewise, healthy enough to achieve their dreams.

Cardiovascular Care Center with famous Heart Doctors in Houston provides the highest standard of excellence in Cardiovascular Care while exemplifying our ideals of customized patient care. Our goal is that of achieving superior patient satisfaction in every aspect of services given. We perceive our organization as a team of cardiology doctors in Houston working towards one common goal, that of our patients’ good health and well being. To that end, we pledge our services.

She has earned many awards and accolades which include being a member of Trademark’s Who’s Who among Professionals in America. She is board-certified Houston Cardiologist in Cardiovascular Disease, certified in Interventional Cardiology and Nuclear Cardiology and she holds the title of Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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Angina (Chest Pain) – Advanced Cardio Vascular Care Center

Angina is chest pain or discomfort caused when your heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen-rich blood. It may feel like pressure or squeezing in your chest. The discomfort also can occur in your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back. Angina pain may even feel like indigestion. But, angina is not a disease. It is a symptom of an underlying heart problem, usually coronary heart disease (CHD). This usually happens because one or more of the coronary arteries is narrowed or blocked, also called ischemia.

 

Types of Angina:

There are many types of angina, including microvascular angina, stable angina, unstable angina and variant angina.

 

Causes of Angina:

Angina is usually caused by coronary heart disease. When the arteries that supply your heart muscle with blood and oxygen become narrowed, the blood supply to your heart muscle is restricted. This can cause the symptoms of angina.

 

Stable Angina – where angina attacks are brought on by an obvious trigger (such as exercise) and improve with medication and rest. Stable angina isn’t life-threatening on its own. However, it’s a serious warning sign that you’re at increased risk of developing a life-threatening heart attack or stroke.

 

Unstable Angina – where angina attacks are more unpredictable, occurring with no obvious trigger and continuing despite resting. Some people develop unstable angina after previously having stable angina, while others experience unstable angina with no history of having angina before. Unstable angina should be regarded as a medical emergency, because it’s a sign that the function of your heart has suddenly and rapidly deteriorated, increasing your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

 

Variant Angina (Prinzmetal or Coronary Artery Spasm) – This occurs at rest, when sleeping, or when exposed to cold temperatures. In these cases, the symptoms are caused by decreased blood flow to the heart’s muscle from a spasm of the coronary artery. The majority of people with this type of angina also have coronary artery disease. These spasms occur close to the blockage. Variant angina is a rare type of angina. It happens without warning. The pain is caused by sudden tightening or spasm of a coronary artery, the pain can be severe.

 

Microvascular Angina (Cardiac Syndrome X) – This can be a more severe type of angina that lasts longer. The pain is caused by spasms within the walls of small arterial blood vessels. This usually occurs when you’re exerting yourself, for example when you’re physically active, or have had an emotional upset. With cardiac syndrome X, your coronary arteries will appear normal when they’re investigated, and there will be no evidence of the Atheroma that usually causes angina.

 

Angina Symptoms Include:

Angina symptoms are often brought on by physical activity, an emotional upset, cold weather or after the meal. The main symptom of angina is chest discomfort or pain, but this sensation can vary depending on the person. Unstable angina sometimes causes sensations that feel as if you’re having a heart attack.

  • Nausea, anxiety, sweating
  • Dizziness, shortness of breath
  • Squeezing or sharp chest pains
  • Pain that radiates to your extremities or back

 

Risk Factors and Preventive Steps:  You can help to prevent angina caused by coronary artery disease by controlling your risk factors for clogged arteries:

  • Diabetes, obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • A family history of heart disease
  • High low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
  • Low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
  • Men 45 and older and women 55 and older are more likely to experience unstable angina.

 

Test and Examinations to Identify Angina:

Your doctor will probably review your medical history and give you a complete physical exam. Then, he or she may want to run a few tests before recommending treatment. These tests may include:

Angiography

  • Echocardiogram
  • Thallium or Cardiolite Scan
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG/ EKG)
  • Exercise electrocardiogram (Stress test)
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)

 

Treatment of Angina:

Angina can be treated and managed with medicines and surgery, and by making healthier lifestyle choices. Treatment may include:

Aspirin – taken on a daily basis to help manage the condition and reduce the risk of blood clots

Nitrates – to ease the pain of an angina attack. Nitrates can be taken in many forms, including an aerosol pump spray or a tablet dissolved under the tongue. The side effects of nitrates can include flushing, headache and dizziness

Medications to lower the cholesterol level in the blood, and to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate – which reduces how hard the heart must work

Lifestyle changes – including quitting smoking, losing excess body fat, switching to a low-fat diet and doing regular physical activity (such as walking every day)

Surgery – procedures such as angioplasty and bypass surgery are used if the angina doesn’t respond to medications and lifestyle changes.

 

Seek counsel from our Houston Cardiologist if you suspect you are suffering from Angina for the best treatment options for you.

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