December 2017

Ask the Doctors: December 2017

At my last checkup, my doctor said I was prediabetic, but he didnít prescribe medication. Will changing my diet and exercising be enough to bring my blood sugar levels down?†I recently suffered what I thought was a stroke, but it turned out to be a transient ischemic attack (TIA). What can I do to prevent a full-blown stroke?   More...

Hair of the Dog: Walking Is the Best Medicine for Legs that Cramp when Walking

Subscribers Only — For patients with advanced peripheral arterial disease (PAD), walking from one room to another can be a slow, painful journey. Thatís because fatty plaques in their leg arteries obstruct blood flow, causing leg cramps. This type of cramping that is triggered by exercise and relieved by rest is called claudication.   More...

Statins Should Be Your First Line of Defense Against Heart Disease

Subscribers Only — Statins are phenomenally effective in reducing heart attacks and strokes, as well as the deaths they cause. Statins do it by lowering levels of ďbadĒ LDL cholesterol in the blood, which prevents plaque from building up in artery walls. Thatís why many doctors recommend their patients take advantage of statin†therapy.   More...

Tiny Device Can Have a Big Impact on Heart-Failure Management

Subscribers Only — Patients with heart failure take a variety of medications to help their heart do its job. Keeping these medications in balance with the bodyís changing needs is an ongoing challenge. Physicians generally rely on clinical symptoms to make treatment decisions, but by the time patients complain of shortness of breath or swelling in the legs, their heart failure may have significantly worsened. Sometimes, hospitalization is necessary to bring their symptoms under control.   More...

Heart Beat: December 2017

Watching television seems like a harmless enough activity, but the more hours of TV you watch on a regular basis, the higher your risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cancer and other causes. Of course, the TV itself is not at fault; itís the prolonged sitting thatís dangerous.   More...

Celebrate Sensibly to Avoid the Rapid Rhythms of “Holiday Heart Syndrome”

ĎTis the season for office parties, cocktail parties, reunions, family gatherings and other occasions where alcohol freely flows. When youíre enjoying yourself, itís easy to drink more alcohol than you intended. Never mind the hangover that youíll regret tomorrow: Consuming too much alcohol in a single occasion can trigger an irregular heartbeat.   More...