August 2019

How to Know When Your Chest Pain Might Be Serious

A sensation of pressure, pain or squeezing in the center of your chest is a classic symptom of heart attack. It's common for this pain to radiate to your jaw, neck, back or arm. Even if it spreads outside the chest, it's called chest pain or, in medical terms, angina. But people can experience chest pain for reasons other than a heart attack. So how can you tell whether your chest pain is an emergency?   More...

In The News: August 2019

What's your systolic blood pressure? The answer may depend on whether the reading is taken in your upper arm or wrist. Researchers have found the variation to be as large as 20 mmHg in 14 percent of the people tested. On average, a reading taken in the radial artery at the wrist was 5.5 mmHg higher than that taken in the brachial artery on the bicep. This could have implications for who is given anti-hypertension drugs, the authors said online March 25, 2019, in Hypertension.   More...

Do You Know Why You Have Gained Weight? Many Don't.

Subscribers Only — The survey polled a cross section of 1,002 adults. The majority (88 percent) said they were aware of the connection between a healthy weight and a healthy heart, and 65 percent said they were worried about getting heart disease. Yet when the researchers probed further, smaller percentages understood the relationship between individual risk factors for heart disease and obesity:   More...

Tricks for Managing Fatigue Caused by Heart Failure

Eliminate added sugar. If you are already restricting salt intake, make sure you are eating high-quality carbohydrates, such as whole grains. Eliminate added sugar in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages, jelly, syrup, candy, baked goods and desserts. "It's tempting to reach for sugary treats for the quick energy they provide, but in the long run, they will cause your blood sugar to drop and you'll feel more tired," Zumpano explains.   More...

What to Do When Bad Genes Threaten Your Heart Health

Subscribers Only — If a first-degree male relative (father, uncle or brother) was diagnosed with coronary artery disease or cerebrovascular disease, or had a heart attack or stroke before age 55, or a first-degree female relative (mother, aunt or sister) was diagnosed before age 65, you have a significant family history of cardiovascular disease and are at increased risk yourself. You should be screened for blood pressure and cholesterol as early as possible and have regular checkups.   More...

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies . . . but Beware of Pesticides

Subscribers Only — On the other hand, every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tests 40,000 samples of 47 fruits and vegetables and publishes a report of those with the highest and lowest amounts of pesticide residue. These lists are known as the "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean 15." This year, the EWG found 92 percent of kale samples contained two or more pesticide residues. Up to 18 different residues were found on a single sample; 60 percent contained a pesticide classified as a possible human carcinogen. A different pesticide known to be toxic to the human nervous system was widely found on hot peppers.   More...

Ask The Doctors: August 2019

Although the effects of ASA are not fully understood, they may be a possible risk factor for an unexplained ("cryptogenic") stroke, since the occurrence is higher in patients undergoing echo in this setting. In these cases, the ASA is usually large and/or hyper mobile and is associated with a large amount of blood being shunted between the atria due to a PFO or septal defect. Identifying these abnormalities in a stroke patient does not necessarily prove a causal relationship, since other stroke causes may be present.   More...