Cardiologists Alamogordo NM

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George M Massoud
(505) 434-3225
2559 N Scenic Dr
Alamogordo, NM
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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Nick John Tsiouris, MD
2356 Saguaro Loop
Alamogordo, NM
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Aristotelian Univ Of Thessaloniki, Fac Of Med, Thessaloniki, Greece
Graduation Year: 1995

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Joseph Benjamin Walcher
(575) 434-9737
2010 Pecan Dr
Alamogordo, NM
Specialty
General Practice, Family Practice, Emergency Medicine

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Effat Kay Banikarim
(505) 443-0339
2474 Indian Wells Rd
Alamogordo, NM
Specialty
Family Practice

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Sandra Elaine Grummert
(505) 437-7000
1410 Aspen Drive
Alamogordo, NM
Specialty
General Practice, Family Practice

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George Malki Massoud, MD
(423) 942-8244
2200 1st St
Alamogordo, NM
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Baghdad, Coll Of Med, Baghdad, Iraq
Graduation Year: 1971

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Dr.George Massoud
(505) 434-3225
2559 North Scenic Drive
Alamogordo, NM
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Baghdad, Coll Of Med, Baghdad
Year of Graduation: 1971
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Dan H Moezzi
(505) 443-0339
2474 Indian Wells Rd
Alamogordo, NM
Specialty
Family Practice

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Nasser Jamal Alqassem
(505) 437-8411
1101 9th St
Alamogordo, NM
Specialty
Internal Medicine

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Gilberto Heredia
(505) 434-9737
2010 Pecan Dr
Alamogordo, NM
Specialty
Family Practice

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The Truth about

You need serious intervention once your heart starts losing its pumping power.
The best solution is prevention.

By Lisa James

February 2010

Heart failure is one of the most confusing terms in all of medicine—and one of the scariest when coming from your doctor’s lips: What do you mean, my heart is failing? “It’s quite a fearful term for many patients,” says Justine Lachmann, MD, FACC, director of the congestive heart failure program at St. Francis Hospital ( www.stfrancisheartcenter.com ) in Roslyn, New York. “The words may be more fearful than the condition.”

Heart failure is not cardiac arrest, in which the heart stops beating. Rather, heart failure, or HF, is a collective term for “signs and symptoms of fluid buildup,” explains Eileen Hsich, MD of the Cleveland Clinic ( www.clevelandclinic.org ). “It may be caused by a strong heart that does not relax or a weak heart that cannot pump properly.”

According to the American Heart Association, 5.7 million people in the US have HF, and the rate is rising because we as a nation are growing older. “Medical interventions are allowing people to live longer,” Lachmann says. “The presence of HF is increasing exponentially in people over the age of 65.”

Pump Malfunction

To understand HF it helps to know some basic cardiac anatomy. The heart has four chambers, two on each side of a inner wall called the septum. The upper chambers, or atriums, take blood in; the lower ones, or ventricles, pump it out. Blood enters the right side of the heart and is sent to the lungs, where it picks up oxygen. It then enters the left side, from where it is circulated throughout the body. A system of valves controls blood flow in and out of the different chambers.

Controlling Blood Pressure

Avoiding heart failure is a big reason to keep blood pressure under control. “High blood pressure is the number one cause of heart failure,” says Eileen Hsich, MD. Hypertension can also lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and vision problems. What makes this condition particularly hazardous is that it can cause damage for years without producing symptoms.

According to the American Heart Association, normal blood pressure is less than 120, the systolic pressure generated during a heartbeat, over 80, the diastolic pressure between beats.

Prehypertension ranges from 120 to 139 or 80 to 89. Beyond that are two stages of high blood pressure, 140 to 159 or 90 to 99 for stage 1, 160/100 or higher for stage 2.

There are natural ways to help bring down blood pressure. The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) emphasizes whole grains and produce while reducing dairy (to learn more, see dashdiet.org ). Cutting salt intake reduces fluid levels, which helps to lower pressure. Exercise relaxes the blood vessels, as do yoga, tai chi and meditation.

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