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Prasad Rao Palakurthy, MD
(515) 263-0900
1250 E 9th St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Osmania Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1974

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Saima Zafar, MD
(515) 263-0900
1250 E 9th St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: King Edward Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1987

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Tim Thomas Hart, MD
(515) 263-0900
1301 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 115
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Iowa Heart Ctr

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Amar Nath, MD
(515) 263-0900
1250 E 9th St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Patna Med Coll, Patna Univ, Bihar, India
Graduation Year: 1977

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William J Wickemeyer
(515) 235-5000
411 Laurel St
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Eduardo Sebastian Antezano
(515) 699-5825
3600 30th St
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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Dr.Timothy Hart
(515) 263-2400
1301 Pennsylvania Ave # 100
Des Moines, IA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1981
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
1.5, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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John Matthew Pargulski, DO
(515) 263-0900
1250 E 9th St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1990

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Ranjan Dahiya
(515) 235-5000
411 Laurel St
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Liberato A Iannone, MD
(515) 235-5000
411 Laurel St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1967

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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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