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Dr. Tomas Rivera-Bonilla

I remember a patient who had chest pain. He had seen multiple doctors about it and all had told him the same thing: the pain was in his head. He came to me, and I worked with him to try to find what was going on. Turns out, he had triple vessel disease. He was turned down

Eat Your Heart Out

The best snacks your heart will thank you for.

Go nuts: Contrary to popular belief, not all fats are created equal. While it is true nuts are high in fat, the type of fat found in nuts is considered a heart healthy fat that lowers bad cholesterol levels. However, still be mindful for the portion, since they are high

Thoughtful Tuesday

Finding peace in life ultimately relieves a lot of stress that can be weighing down on your heart health. According to the American Heart Association physiological stress is in the top 5 risk factors for heart disease. Your prescription this week is to try removing certain stresses from your life. If you can’t remove them, try changing your mind

Sick of Painful, Achy, & Swollen Legs?

Didn’t get the outcome you wanted? Come get a second opinion from the experts in venous care.  

Venous disease comes in many forms and is quite common in the US. Varicose veins, a type of venous disease, affects nearly 15% of US adults.

One of the most common symptoms of venous disease is swelling. Not only is swelling painful and

Natural Remedies to Lower Blood Pressure

Uncontrolled high blood pressure, or hypertension, is a silent killer amongst us. For many, high blood pressure symptoms are non-existent. Without treatment, high blood pressure can cause severe damage to your heart, brain and more. An astonishing 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and only about half actually

Thoughtful Tuesday

“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
― Albert Einstein

February is all about raising awareness around heart disease. We hope by raising awareness about the number one killer in the US, we will motivate people to learn about the signs, symptoms and prevention. Dr. Khatib recently educated some of the members

Chocolate for Your Heart

Is Chocolate Heart Healthy?

Valentine’s Day is a day for love and gifts. These gifts usually come in the form of big, heart shaped boxes of chocolate. For those with diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease or working on their heart health, this box of chocolates, although given with love, may not be the healthiest choice.

The good news is chocolate

5 Reasons Why Winter is the Best Time to Treat Varicose Veins

It’s a common misconception that varicose veins come with age or that it’s just cosmetic. Varicose veins, if left untreated, can lead to swelling, discoloration and more. If you choose to get your varicose veins treated, it may be more convenient to schedule before winter months end. Below are 5 reasons why it is more beneficial to get your

All the Ins-and-Outs of Stents

What is a Stent?

A stent is a miniature, wire-mesh cylinder that is placed permanently inside an artery to break up arterial blockage that could lead to a heart attack. Arteries can become built up with plaque and reduce blood flow causing chest pain or a heart attack. The stent is placed to open up these arteries, create sufficient blood

5 Ways to Combat Stress in the Work Place

On a daily basis people spend more time at work than at home with their families.  A survey done by The Conference Board in July 2018 found that roughly 50% of Americans report they are not satisfied in their jobs.  Half of us are sitting at work, in front a computer, counter or desk just watching the

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