March 2018

Heart Beat: March 2018

New research reveals some insight into why some people live long lives with their memory intact. The brain is highly dependent on a steady flow of oxygenated blood. When the heart is unable to meet the brain’s needs—for example, when heart failure weakens the heart’s pumping power—brain function is impaired. What about patients who don’t have heart failure?   More...

There’s No Need to Fear Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

Subscribers Only — Most physicians try treating a medical problem medically before recommending an invasive procedure or surgery. But in the case of the cardiac arrhythmia known as atrial fibrillation (AFib), a procedure called ablation is proving so successful that it is increasingly being recommended as a primary treatment for patients with certain forms of this condition.   More...

The Best Exercise Plan for Heart Health Has More than Aerobics

Aerobic exercise is called cardiovascular exercise for good reason: It strengthens the heart and lungs, improving your ability to exercise longer (functional capacity), along with your stamina and fitness. If you have coronary artery disease or have had a heart attack, aerobic exercise can lower the chance of having another heart attack and increase the likelihood of living a longer life.   More...

Opening a Blocked Leg Artery Can Save Life and Limb

Subscribers Only — Most people know atherosclerosis as the disease that causes blockages in the heart’s arteries. However, atherosclerosis can affect any artery in the body. When it occurs anywhere in the legs, from the upper thighs to the feet, it is known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD).   More...

Is Your Diabetes Drug Preventing You from Losing Weight?

Subscribers Only — If you have type 2 diabetes, there’s a good chance you are overweight or obese. It’s also likely your doctor has told you that you need to lose weight in order to regulate your blood sugar. But no matter how hard you try, the pounds don’t budge. Your diabetes medication may be the problem.   More...

Ask The Doctors: March 2018

Is vitamin D good for the heart? If so, how much should I take? Should I take calcium supplements for my bones? Can it harm my heart?   More...