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.


  • Dr. William D. Knopf, MD - Atlanta, GA - Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

    What is the prognosis for Adult Refsum Disease (ARD)?

    Adult Refsum Disease (ARD) is the most treatable of the leukodystrophies because phytanic acid is not produced by the body, but is only found in foods. With treatment, muscle weakness, numbness, and dry and scaly skin generally disappear. However, vision and hearing problems may persist and the sense...Read More
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    What should I expect during catheter ablation?

    At the Start: Before the procedure, you're given medicine through an intravenous (IV) line inserted in a vein in your arm. The medicine will help you relax. It may make you sleepy. You're also connected to several machines that check your heart's activity during the procedure.
    Once you're drowsy,...Read More
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    What is a migraine headache?

    A migraine is described as an intense pulsing or throbbing pain in one area of the head. It is often accompanied by extreme sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and vomiting. Migraine is three times more common in women than in men. Some individuals can predict the onset of a migraine because it is preceded...Read More
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    What is Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome (KTS)?

    Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome (KTS) is a congenital circulatory disorder characterized by hemangiomas (abnormal benign growths on the skin consisting of masses of blood vessels), arteriovenous abscesses, and varicose veins, usually on the limbs. The affected limbs may be enlarged and warmer than normal....Read More
  • Dr. Randolph P. Martin, MD - Atlanta, GA - Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

    What should I do if my child is stung by a bee?

    When a bee or wasp stings you, it injects venom through its stinger into your skin. In fact, when you are stung, the stinger can stay in your skin, so it is important to remove it with tweezers or by gently scraping your skin with a credit card.
    Bee stings typically cause an immediate reaction: ...Read More
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    What is depression?

    Depression is more than just feeling "blue" or "down in the dumps" for a few days. It's a serious illness that involves the brain. With depression, sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings don't go away and interfere with day-to-day life and routines. These feelings can be mild to severe. The good news...Read More
  • Dr. Ketan Desai, DO - Austell, GA - Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

    How are arrhythmias treated?

    Arrhythmia means an irregularity of the heartbeat. There are many different kinds with the severity ranging from nothing to worry about to potentially fatal. The treatment depends on how bad the arrhythmia is and what the risk is to your health. Normal hearts always have some degree of arrhythmia. After seeing the doctor and...Read More
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    What is congestion in congestive heart failure?

    Congestion in congestive heart failure indicates fluid retention which may be seen in the feet/ankles or in the abdomen. Congestion may also be in the lungs which leads to breathing difficulties. Shortness of breath with exertion, while reclining or awakening from sleep are symptoms of congestion. Read More
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    What should I expect during cardiac magnetic resonance imaging?

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines usually are located at hospitals or special medical imaging facilities. A radiologist (ra-de-OL-o-jist) or other doctor who has special training in medical imaging oversees MRI testing. Cardiac MRI usually takes 45 to 90 minutes, depending on how many pictures...Read More
  • Dr. Joseph I. Miller, MD - Atlanta, GA - Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)

    On average, at what age do people in the U.S. start smoking?

    Approximately 80-90 percent of smokers start smoking before the age of 18. This can be from social pressure, stigma to be more like adults, or match popular mentors. Read More
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    Who needs carotid ultrasound?

    Carotid ultrasound checks for plaque buildup in the carotid arteries. Plaque can narrow or block your carotid arteries, preventing oxygen-rich blood from reaching your brain.
    Your doctor may recommend a carotid ultrasound if you:
    Had a stroke or mini-stroke recently. During a mini-stroke, you may...Read More
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    How is fibromyalgia treated?

    Fibromyalgia can be treated with combined therapy which includes reduction of stress, plenty of rest, physical therapy including daily exercise and adequate nutrition may all be effective. Two newly approved medications: lyrica and cymbalta. Read More
  • Dr. William D. Knopf, MD - Atlanta, GA - Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

    How is transverse myelitis (TM) treated?

    As with many disorders of the spinal cord, no effective cure currently exists for people with TM. Treatments are designed to manage and alleviate symptoms and largely depend upon the severity of neurological involvement. Therapy generally begins when the patient first experiences symptoms. Physicians...Read More
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    What are adrenal glands?

    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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    What have red wine studies found?

    The cell and animal studies of red wine have examined effects in several cancers, including leukemia, skin, breast, and prostate cancers. Scientists are studying resveratrol to learn more about its cancer preventive activities. Recent evidence from animal studies suggests this anti-inflammatory c...Read More