July 2018

Silent Heart Attack: Like a Time Bomb

But one-quarter of heart-attack sufferers experience different symptoms or no symptoms. Some learn they’ve had a heart attack (myocardial infarction, or MI) when a test performed for another reason reveals the damage. Others find out when they develop symptoms of heart failure, such as shortness of breath or leg swelling, or an arrhythmia (palpitations or fainting).   More...

Heart Beat: July 2018

Results of a long-term study of male physicians found no association between the development of heart failure and cancer. Researchers analyzed more than 28,000 patients who were disease-free when they enrolled in one of three clinical trials. After a median of 19.9 years, 1,420 of the participants had developed heart failure, 7,363 had been diagnosed with cancer and 177 had developed both.   More...

Erectile Dysfunction Closely Tied to Heart Attack Risk

“Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one reason some men can’t achieve an erection,” says Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Michael Rocco, MD. “In men ages 40 to 70 who have no symptoms of heart trouble, ED is an independent risk factor for a heart attack within about three to five years.”   More...

Another Reason Why Blood Sugar Control Is Important

Subscribers Only — Most people diagnosed with insulin resistance or diabetes know that tight control over their blood sugar levels can help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, as well as blindness, loss of kidney function and problems in the feet and legs leading to amputation.   More...

Take Heart Infections Seriously

Subscribers Only — Bacteria are everywhere, and from time to time they make us sick. Yet few people become alarmed when bacteria settle in their throat or lungs. After a few days of antibiotics, their sore throat or flu-like symptoms disappear, and they feel fine.   More...

Why You May Need This Two-Drug Combo After Stenting

If you have a drug-eluting stent (DES), the combination of two common antiplatelet drugs is lessening the chance that a heart attack-causing blood clot will form inside the stent. The drug regimen, known as dual-antiplatelet therapy, or DAPT, includes low-dose aspirin plus clopidogrel (Plavix™), ticagrelor (Brilinta™) or prasugrel (Effient™).   More...

Ask The Doctors: July 2018

The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest diets for preventing cardiovascular disease, but a vegetarian diet may also be a good choice. A recent meta-analysis of 11 vegetarian diet trials found significant lowering of total and LDL cholesterol levels, but not triglycerides.   More...