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Matters Of The Heart

  Pain in the chest, arm, neck and jaw—we all recognize these as signs of a potential heart attack. We know to watch our blood pressure and cholesterol. But not everyone knows that symptoms of a heart attack can look completely different for women than men, and that heart disease is the No. 1 cause […]

DASH Diet: Care Instructions

The DASH diet is an eating plan that can help lower your blood pressure. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Hypertension is high blood pressure. The DASH diet focuses on eating foods that are high in calcium, potassium, and magnesium. These nutrients can lower blood pressure. The foods that are highest in these […]

Cardiovascular Institute of Central Florida: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Numbers don’t lie. Approximately 79,400,000 Americans—that’s one in three adults—are living with cardiovascular disease. Not only is cardiovascular disease the top killer in the United States, but that’s also the case around the world. According to the American Heart Association, 31 percent of all deaths globally were from cardiovascular disease, stroke accounted for 11.8 percent […]

Dr. Paul Urban: Sudden Cardiac Death is what it says … unless

By Dr. Paul Urban Special to the Star-Banner Published: Sunday, May 29, 2016 Nearly two weeks ago I attended a concert at Circle Square Commons at On Top of the World. During the opening number Scott, the bass player, suddenly collapsed. In response to a call for medical help, I mounted the stage to assist. […]

Comprehensive Patient Care at Cardiovascular Institute of Central Florida

Heart disease is not only the leading cause of death in the United States—it’s also one of the main culprits leading to disability. That’s why CVI is treating patients in Ocala with passionate care and cutting-edge technology—so their hearts stay healthy for years to come. During initial consultations, doctors evaluate the cardiac problem, provide second […]

People Of Influence

Doctors of the Cardiovascular Institute of Central Florida The medical team at the Cardiovascular Institute of Central Florida specializes in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all diseases of the heart. CVI’s board-certified cardiologists use the latest technological advances available to impact the health, and therefore the lives, of their patients. Accredited by the Accreditation Association […]

Cardiovascular Institute of Central Florida, LLC, Echocardiography I Laurel Manor receives Echocardiography accreditation by IAC

Date: July 2, 2015 Contact: Tamara Sloper ( Cardiovascular diseases are the No. I cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in […]

Heart Disease

Many of us have heard this term before: Heart Disease. But do we really know what it is? I mean, we can put two and two together – it’s a disease of the heart – that’s true enough. But is there more to it than that? Is there more that we should know? Or maybe […]

Understanding Blood Pressure

We’ve all heard of it. Maybe we have it ourselves or we know someone who has it. Or maybe you or someone you know is currently battling it; fighting each day to keep it under control: High blood pressure. But how well do you understand it? When your nurse or doctor reads you your blood pressure, do […]

Varicose Veins

So what are varicose veins? Varicose veins are veins that have become twisted and enlarged near the surface of the skin. Although they can occur anywhere within the body’s veins, they most commonly occur in the veins in the legs and ankles. Veins have what are known as leaflet valves, or one way valves. The purpose of […]

Bundle Up!

As we make our way to the winter months in beautiful Ocala, FL, we’re constantly reminded of the usual traditions and feelings that accompany the Autumn and Winter seasons. The supermarkets stock up on their pumpkins and turkeys while the department stores begin to display their various holiday decorations and knickknacks, reminding us of the […]

Halloween has passed, but its just the beginning of indulgence.

The passing of Halloween ushers in a season of food and family time. With every good feast comes an assortment of sweets and deserts meant to serve as the perfect indulgence after a grand meal. Here are three sweet treats that are a smarter choice you can enjoy with much less of a guilty conscience. […]

Cardiology: A Run Down

When I was asked to write an article about cardiology, it became strikingly clear to me how little I knew of the subject. I knew that cardiology primarily focused on the heart, but not much more beyond that. This then dominoed into how little I knew of the heart itself. I knew that it pumps […]

A Healthy Balance: Calories and Activity

( – Unfortunately, portion sizes have grown (a lot) in the last several decades—“supersized” portions are often offered at relatively low prices. As a result, our reference point for what a healthy portion looks like may be vastly distorted. For example, today’s bagels or muffins are often at least two servings, yet we tend to […]

Exercise Is Vital To Your Heart Health

“I really love what I’m doing,” says Dr. Mikkilineni. “There is great satisfaction in helping people get healthier.”

While growing up in southern India, Mikkilineni always knew she wanted to be a physician. After earning her medical degree in internal medicine from Siddhartha Medical College in her native country, Mikkilineni moved to the United States. She enrolled at the University of Toledo for her fellowship and residency in internal medicine from 2003-2006, while still trying to decide on a specialty.

All Heart

Ocala cardiologist Dr. Srisha Rao is so passionate about people becoming heart healthy that she’s willing to risk going out of business to achieve her goal. By JoAnn Guidry Photo By John Jernigan – Wednesday, July 07, 2010 Dr. Srisha Rao, Ocala’s first female cardiologist, practices what she preaches about heart-healthy living. Up at 4:30am […]