George J. Philippides MD FACC


Dilated Cardiomyopathy

What is dilated cardiomyopathy? Dilated cardiomyopathy is a serious condition that weakens your heart muscle and causes it to stretch, or dilate. 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 heartbeat. As more blood fills and stays in the…

Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a problem in which the heart muscle becomes stiff and cannot fully expand to let enough blood enter its chambers. Blood that would normally enter the heart backs up in the circulatory system instead of getting pumped out to the body. In most cases, restrictive cardiomyopathy leads to heart…

Heart Attack

A heart attack happens when blood flow to the heart is blocked. Without blood and the oxygen it carries, part of the heart starts to die. The medical name for a heart attack is myocardial infarction, or MI. It may also be called acute coronary syndrome. A heart attack is often the result of coronary artery disease, in…

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.

Electrocardiogram (EKG) Components and Intervals

An electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG) is a test that measures the electrical signals that control heart rhythm. The test measures how electrical impulses move through the heart muscle as it contracts and relaxes. The electrocardiogram translates the heart’s electrical activity into line tracings on paper. The spikes and dips…