Piedmont Heart Institute

Our Mission

PHI brings more than 85 prominent cardiovascular physicians together with one of the premier cardiac centers in the region, the Fuqua Heart Center at Piedmont Hospital. PHI is comprised of physician practices, hospital services at each of the Piedmont hospitals, cardiovascular research and education, collaborative quality initiatives, Innovation Center and new program development.

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  • Randy P. Martin, MD - Atlanta, GA - Cardiology
    Modest to low intake of alcohol on a regular basis has been known to decrease your chance of a heart attack and even dying of a heart attack. Watch my video to learn more on how to protect your heart.

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  • Randy P. Martin, MD - Atlanta, GA - Cardiology
    Recent studies have shown that exposure to ultraviolet rays, particularly from a tanning bed, can trigger a response in the brain that is similar to the response seen in people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. In fact, researchers found that parts of the brain that are responsible for addiction...Read More
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    Brain aneurysms can occur in anyone, at any age. They are more common in adults than in children and slightly more common in women than in men. People with certain inherited disorders are at a higher risk.

    All cerebral aneurysms have the potential to rupture and cause bleeding within the brain....Read More
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    The adrenal gland is a small gland that makes steroid hormones, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. These hormones help control heart rate, blood pressure, and other important body functions. There are two adrenal glands, one on top of each kidney. Also called suprarenal gland.

    This answer is based...Read More
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    Aortic aneurysms are treated with medicines and surgery. A small aneurysm that's found early and isn't causing symptoms may not need treatment. Other aneurysms need to be treated.

    Treatment for aortic aneurysms is based on the size of the aneurysm. Your doctor may recommend routine testing to make...Read More
  • Charles I. Wilmer, MD - Atlanta, GA - Cardiology
    Symptoms of a heart attack include jaw pain, neck pain, chest pain or pain in the stomach area. It may involve the arms and it may feel like a pain, discomfort or pressure. Associated symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or lightheadedness. Many patients will have sweating and generalized weakness....Read More
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    About 5 million people in the United States have heart failure, and it results in about 300,000 deaths each year. The number of people who have heart failure is growing. Each year, another 550,000 people are diagnosed for the first time. Heart failure is more common in:
    • People who are 65 or older
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  • Charles I. Wilmer, MD - Atlanta, GA - Cardiology
    The symptoms may be seen as visual changes including blurred vision or loss of vision, especially in one eye. The patient may present with weakness on one side of his/her body. It may only involve one part of that side, such as a hand or a foot. Some patients may present with seizures or severe h...Read More
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    The four main types of arrhythmia are premature beats, supraventricular arrhythmias, ventricular arrhythmias, and bradyarrhythmias.

    Premature Beats
    Premature beats are the most common type of arrhythmia. They're harmless most of the time and often don't cause any symptoms.

    When symptoms do...Read More
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    Most cerebral aneurysms do not show symptoms until they either become very large or burst. Small, unchanging aneurysms, generally will not produce symptoms, whereas a larger aneurysm may press on tissues and nerves. Symptoms may include pain above and behind the eye; numbness, weakness, or paralysis on one side of the face;...Read More
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    The best way to prevent an aortic aneurysm is to avoid the factors that put you at higher risk for one. You can't control all of the risk factors for aortic aneurysm, but lifestyle changes can help you reduce some risks.

    Lifestyle changes include quitting smoking and controlling conditions such...Read More
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    The heart pumps blood filled with oxygen and nutrients to the whole body. Arteries carry blood from the heart towards the body parts. Veins carry oxygen-poor blood from the body back to the heart.

    The squeezing of leg muscles pumps blood back to the heart from the lower body. Veins have valves...Read More
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    Many factors increase a person's chances of developing varicose or spider veins. These include:
    • Increasing Age Having family members with vein problems or being born with weak vein valves
    • Hormonal changes. These occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Taking birth control pills and
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    Factors or conditions that disrupt the body's ability to control blood pressure cause hypotension. The different types of hypotension have different causes.

    Orthostatic hypotension - Orthostatic hypotension has many causes. Sometimes two or more factors combine to cause this type of low blood...Read More
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    Factors or conditions that disrupt the body's ability to control blood pressure cause hypotension. The different types of hypotension have different causes.

    Orthostatic hypotension - Orthostatic hypotension has many causes. Sometimes two or more factors combine to cause this type of low blood...Read More