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Opioids Can Be Hard on the Heart

Opioids are powerful painkillers that allow us to tolerate the type of deep pain caused by trauma, major surgical procedures and some forms of cancer. But using products containing oxycodone (such as OxyContin®) in higher-than–prescribed doses or for extended periods of time can lead to addiction. When this happens, the drugs’ benefits are far overshadowed by […]

How Heart Attacks Happen

Many of us were taught that heart attacks happen when cholesterol and other fats build up inside an artery until they block blood flow. The concept is easy to understand and makes sense, but it’s not what happens. What does take place helps to explain why preventing coronary artery disease is so important. Where Plaque […]

Lower Your Risk of Heart Failure After a Heart Attack

In the midst of a heart attack, it’s natural to wonder whether you will survive, and if so, whether you will be able to live a normal life? Some hearts never completely recover after a heart attack, leaving the survivor unable to resume normal activities without becoming fatigued or short of breath. These are the […]

Heart Beat: April 2021

After an Elective Heart Procedure, You May Go Home the Same Day It is no longer necessary for every patient who undergoes an elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) such as angioplasty and stenting to stay overnight in the hospital for observation, says the American College of Cardiology (ACC). When a patient prefers to return home […]

Small Pumps Give Weakened Hearts a Lifesaving Boost

Heart failure is a progressive condition that occurs when the heart muscle is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. In most cases, heart failure occurs gradually, producing symptoms that worsen over time. At the point where symptoms become highly distressing, and day-to-day functioning is severely affected, an LVAD may be recommended. By […]

Short of Breath? Get Checked for Diastolic Heart Failure

Marge was unable to lean over and tie her shoelaces without becoming short of breath. Dorothy noticed she could no longer go up stairs without having trouble breathing. Virginia was distressed watching her feet and ankles become puffy and swollen. Shortness of breath and swollen limbs from water retention are key signs of diastolic heart […]

Heart Beat: Broken Heart Syndrome; Breast Cancer; Vaping; Pandemic Exercise

“Broken Heart Syndrome” Cases Rise Due to COVID-19 Stress Cleveland Clinic saw a significant increase in patients diagnosed with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy—also known as “broken heart syndrome”—during the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this syndrome, the body responds to physical or emotional stress by releasing stress hormones that affect the heart’s ability to […]

Symptoms of Heart Attack and Stroke Are a Medical Emergency!

An unexpected consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the dramatic drop in the number of acute heart attack and stroke patients seen in emergency departments worldwide. Depending on their location, hospitals report 30% to 60% fewer patients with heart attack symptoms and nearly the same drop in patients admitted with symptoms of stroke. What […]

Iron Deficiency in Heart Failure Is a Common, Fixable Problem

If you have heart failure, you know it often takes a lot of work—and a strong patient-physician partnership—to maintain a good quality of life. Staying well usually requires making dietary adjustments, such as adopting a low-sodium diet and restricting fluid intake. Multiple medications are usually required, as well. Yet many heart-failure patients are plagued by […]

Ask the Doctors: Testosterone Replacement; Mitral Regurgitation

Q: I am 67 and had a heart attack. I am beginning to experience fatigue and sexual problems. Would you advise testosterone replacement? A: The prevalence of age-related low testosterone (T) ranges from 20% in men over age 60 to 50% in those over age 80. Symptoms may include low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, low […]

There’s a Pacemaker That Can Improve Heart Failure Symptoms

An efficient heartbeat relies on the walls of the heart’s main pumping chamber (left ventricle) contracting and relaxing in sync. When a heart weakened by heart failure loses this ability, a treatment called cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) may be recommended. In CRT, a biventricular pacing device is implanted and programmed to stimulate the walls of […]

Heart Beat: Pesticide Exposure; Oral Hygiene; Processed Foods; Griefing

Exposure to Common Pesticides Connected to Cardiovascular Death People exposed to high levels of a common household insecticide are three times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than people with little or no exposure, found the authors of a study published Dec. 31, 2019, in JAMA Internal Medicine. The researchers analyzed urine samples collected […]