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Ask the Doctors: How to deal with high Triglycerides; What are PVCs?

Help! My triglycerides are too high! What can I do about it? Elevated triglyceride levels are fairly common, but they are also reason for concern, because even moderately elevated levels (higher than 150 milligrams per deciliter, or mg/dL) are associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Levels over 500 mg/dL are also strongly […]

What Happens to You—and Your Heart —When You Have a Heart Attack

The symptoms of heart attack vary greatly and can be dramatic or fairly subtle, particularly in women, older adults and people with diabetes. When symptoms are unfamiliar and seem mild, it’s human nature to wait and see whether they will go away. But if you experience symptoms that suggest a heart attack, don’t wait: Call […]

Heart Beat: Diabetes; Cardiovascular Disease; CVD; Sleep Apnea

Blood Sugar Levels Climbing In Americans with Diabetes Adults in the United States seem to have lost interest in controlling their blood sugar levels. According to a study published in the June 10 New England Journal of Medicine, 57% of Americans with diabetes had a glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) level under 7% in 2007-2010. Between 2015-2017, […]

All Medications Have Side Effects

Perhaps you are looking at a social media site and read a frightening phrase such as “Statins Found to Cause Memory Loss.” Or maybe you are watching the evening news when the anchor says “Researchers find a popular drug may cause diabetes.” Headlines like these give medications a bad name and even scare some people […]

Include Good Carbs in Your Diet, for Your Heart’s Sake

Do you fear carbohydrates (carbs)? Do you think that eating them causes you to gain weight? Are you convinced they are less healthy than protein and should be avoided? If so, you are not alone. But this thinking is not correct. “Carbohydrates have been vilified for two decades, but evidence does not support their negative […]

Digital App Simplifies the Diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation

The fast, chaotic heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation (A-fib) increases the likelihood that blood will pool in the heart and clot. If a clot is ejected into the bloodstream, it can travel to the brain and cause a stroke. Patients with A-fib must take anticoagulants to lower this risk. Today, the arrhythmia is often […]

Ask the Doctors: Hydration; Cholesterol

My children say I don’t drink enough water. I tell them I’m never thirsty, so I don’t think it’s necessary. Who’s right? There’s no consensus about how much water someone should drink. However, the common advice that you should drink when you are thirsty applies to most individuals. That being said, there are situations when […]

Heart Beat: Post-Revascularization Medications; Eat Whole Grains; Role of Iron in Heart Failure; Cognitive...

Post-Revascularization Medications May Save Your Life Following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for advanced coronary artery disease, guidelines recommend patients take a combination of medications that includes at least one antiplatelet drug, a statin, an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) and a beta-blocker. The regimen is […]

Preventing Heart Failure When You Are on Hemodialysis

Heart disease and kidney disease are a dangerous duo. Where you find one, you are likely to find the other, and together, they spell trouble. “Many patients with heart disease have underlying risk factors that lead to heart failure. In heart failure, poor blood flow through the kidneys causes them to fail. Similarly, patients with […]

Why It’s Okay to Include Eggs in a Heart-Healthy Diet

If you love eggs, you’ll love this: A Cleveland Clinic study found that eating four whole eggs a day for one month did not raise cholesterol or increase levels of the gut metabolite trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO), which is associated with a significantly increased risk of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular disease (CVD). “When people want to follow a […]