George J. Philippides MD FACC


Echocardiogram (Echo)

An echocardiogram (echo) is a type of ultrasound examination that uses high-pitched sound waves sent through a device called a transducer to produce an image of the heart and sometimes the aorta. An echocardiogram measures how well the heart is working by evaluating blood flow, heart valves, and heart size, thickness…

Acute Coronary Syndrome

Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) occurs when a plaque inside a coronary artery suddenly ruptures. A blood clot forms and blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. This deprives the heart of oxygen-rich blood and causes unstable angina or a heart attack. The amount of time blood flow is blocked and the extent of heart damage…

Dilated cardiomyopathy

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a serious condition that weakens your heart muscle and causes it to stretch, or dilate. The heart’s upper and lower chambers (atria and ventricles) are larger than normal. When your heart muscle is weak, it can’t pump out blood as well as it should, so more blood stays in your heart after each…

Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

Gives info on heart problem that leads to heart failure. Includes symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment with medicines, lifestyle changes, and surgery. Also info on causes like amyloidosis, hemochromatosis, and sarcoidosis. Includes info on tests.