Over the next twelve months we will highlight several common cardiovascular conditions that our patients frequently experience. The first condition in our series is Atrial Fibrillation. There are numerous ailments of the cardiovascular system however, few of those ailments are as common, or as undiagnosed, as Atrial Fibrillation.

It isn’t uncommon for atrial fibrillation to go undiagnosed because of the lack of publicity it gets. Many people that experience atrial fibrillation have no idea the weird sensation they just felt in their chest could be a life threating medical condition.

Our goal is to spread awareness about atrial fibrillation so that you are better able to recognize the symptoms. Atrial fibrillation, or A-Fib, is defined as an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by rapid and irregular beating of the heart. The irregularities may start in short bursts for short periods of time gradually increasing in frequency and duration with the possibility of becoming constant. Symptoms of a-fib can include heart palpitations, fainting, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, or chest pain.

Even with a list of potential symptoms a-fib often goes undiagnosed because it is common not to experience any symptoms during a-fib. Okaloosa Heart and Vascular Center regularly treats patients with a-fib. It is a condition that can be managed using diet, exercise, medicine, and sometimes surgical intervention. A-fib is often brought on by other health conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, and many more.

It is important to have routine cardiovascular checkups and to maintain a heart healthy diet to minimize the chance of experiencing a-fib.

Okaloosa Heart and Vascular Center has offices in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Crestview, and Defuniak Springs, Florida. Our cardiologists can easily diagnose and treat atrial fibrillationy. If you’re experiencing a-fib symptome, call us now to schedule a check up: (850) 682-7212


Contrary to what you might think, congestive heart failure doesn’t mean the heart has actually stopped working. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart can no longer, for various reasons; pump sufficiently to maintain the proper level of blood flow that the body requires to function.

Pressure will start to build up inside the heart as it progressively fails which will constrict the flow of oxygen and nutrients needed throughout the body. The lack of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body will cause a domino effect of cardiovascular issues and can affect the kidneys, lungs, ankles, feet, and other vital organs.

Congestive heart failure can be caused by a number of pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure, excessive alcohol consumption, and serious infections.

Symptoms of congestive heart failure can include, but are not limited to, shortness of breath, fatigue, and the swelling of limbs. In order to minimize your risk of congestive heart failure be sure to schedule a cardiovascular checkup with Okaloosa Heart and Vascular office by calling: 850-682-7212.

If you have any other questions or concerns about your cardiovascular health be sure to check into our blog section frequently for new blogs or stop by one of our offices!


Located in the heart of Northwest Florida, Crestview to be exact, Okaloosa Heart and Vascular Center specializes in the treatment of cardiovascular ailments and we want to spread awareness of the various conditions we treat by publishing a series of blogs highlighting the most common ailments.

So far, our blogs have highlighted atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure. The third condition in this series is venous insufficiency, or better known as chronic venous insufficiency, CVI for short. CVI is a condition in which the veins are too weak to pump a sufficient amount of blood back to the heart. Although veins run throughout our bodies the most commonly affected area are the lower extremities, specifically the legs.

The upside to CVI is that it’s very treatable. Here at Okaloosa Heart and Vascular Center, we utilizes cutting edge equipment and procedures to correct CVI, thus preventing it from becoming a serious health condition.

If you have chronic venous insufficiency be sure to schedule a cardiovascular checkup by calling: 850-682-7212.

If you have any other questions or concerns about your cardiovascular health be sure to check into our blog section frequently for new blogs or stop by one of our offices located in Crestview, Destin, Niceville, or Fort Walton Beach Florida.


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