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Heart Beat: Erectile Dysfunction; Heart-Attack Risks; Weight Gain; Blood Clot Removal

Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Lower Risk of Second Heart Attack The systemic nature of atherosclerosis can cause erectile dysfunction (ED) in men, in addition to cardiovascular disease. Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors are often prescribed to improve erections by dilating blood vessels in the penis. In the process, they improve circulation body-wide, lowering blood pressure and protecting the […]

Heart Beat: Refined Grains; Premature Heart Disease; Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome; Hospitalizations for Heart Failure

Your Body Treats Refined Grains Like Sugar There’s new and compelling evidence that simple carbohydrates are not part of a heart-healthy diet. Researchers who examined the eating habits of more than 137,000 individuals in 21 countries found a clear link between the consumption of refined grains and death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) and other causes. […]

Goal: Live More Years in Good Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if you were a 65-year-old man in 2018, you could expect to live another 18.1 years. Women could look forward to another 20.7 years of life. Altogether, U.S. adults are living about two years longer than they were in 2000. But this is only part of the […]

Viewing Diabetes as a Challenge and an Opportunity

You’ve gained 50 pounds since you retired a few months ago. You blame it on lack of exercise due to a bum knee, but secretly, you know it’s probably because of your diet. Then at a recent checkup, your doctor tells you that your blood sugar has gone out of control and you now have […]

Ask the Doctors: Cancer & Heart Disease Risk; Swollen Legs & Heart Failure

I had cancer many years ago. Now my doctor says I’m at increased risk of heart disease. What is the connection? That’s a good question. In general, it depends on the type of cancer you had, and the type of treatment you received. Certain forms of chemotherapy, particularly anthracyclines, are toxic to the heart. A […]

Heart Beat: March 2021

If Your Dog Has Type 2 Diabetes, You Might Develop It Yourself Swedish researchers have discovered that owners of a dog with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of developing the disease themselves. The study, published in the Dec. 10, 2020, issue of BMJ, was conducted using data from national population and health databases […]

Fear of Speaking Up May Endanger Your Heart Health

Most of us can remember our first crush—the awkwardness of being attracted to someone and not knowing how to act or what to say. As the years pass, and we gain experience in relationships, communication usually improves, and the ability to express our feelings gets easier. For a multitude of reasons, some adults are never […]

Ask the Doctors: Beta-Blocker Alternatives; Atrial Fibrillation vs. Ventricular Fibrillation

The beta-blocker I take for blood pressure makes me feel tired. Would a different medication make me feel more energetic? Beta-blockers decrease heart rate and blood pressure. They do this by blocking epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) from interacting with one of its cellular receptors called a beta-adrenergic receptor. Beta-blockers make some—but not all—people feel […]

Combination of Sleep Problems May Predict Risk of Second Stroke

Certain sleep disorders are known to increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. Recently, researchers found that the combination of four sleep problems—obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), short or long sleep duration, insomnia and restless legs syndrome (RLS)—predicted a subsequent stroke or heart attack following an acute stroke. “It’s likely that stress produced by factors […]

Type 2 Diabetes Poses a Special Heart Risk for Women

The link between type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease (CAD) is so strong that if you have diabetes and do not control your blood sugar and other risk factors, chances are very good that you will develop CAD. Diabetes doubles or triples the risk of a heart attack. Women who develop symptoms of CAD […]

Cardiorenal Syndrome: Failing Heart and Famished Kidneys

Managing heart failure can be a full-time job. You have a complex regimen of medications to help your heart contract more forcefully, optimize blood flow through your arteries, eliminate excess fluid and control risk factors such as diabetes or high blood pressure. You have to think carefully about what you eat, and you worry about […]

Heart Beat: December 2020

Yoga Helpful in Controlling Atrial Fibrillation Atrial fibrillation (A-fib)—aAheart rhythm disorder that causes palpitations, racing heart, shortness of breath, dizziness and fatigue—impacts quality of life in addition to increasing stroke risk. A study presented at the European Society of Cardiology in August 2020 suggests that yoga may help patients with A-fib manage their distressing symptoms. […]