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High blood pressure, the silent killer of FDR

By   |  2/15/2018

Through the centuries, U.S. presidents have had many different ailments, including some that remained secret during their term or completely undetected. When president Franklin Delano Roosevelt died in 1945, for example, it was pr...

My aging parent: How to prevent malnutrition

By   |  2/13/2018

Geriatric patients often lose their sense of taste and appetite. As a result, they eat less and don't get enough nutrients. Caregivers need to understand that loss of appetite and weight is a normal part of aging, and that medical...

Rethink indoor tanning beds this winter

By   |  2/2/2018

Tanning is a multibillion-dollar industry, so of course they would have you believe artificial tanning is safe. It is not safe. The truth—proven by scientific research—is the longer people use sunbeds, the greater their risk, espe...

You could have high blood pressure under new guidelines

By   |  12/5/2017

Recently, I met with a healthy, robust patient who exercises regularly. Two weeks prior to our office visit, this person would not have had high blood pressure, which is the measure of pressure in one's arteries. But due to newly ...

Metabolic rate and weight loss: What you should know

By Zubair Jafer, MD  |  11/16/2017

Can you eat whatever you want without gaining weight? Or do you eat very little and have trouble keeping the weight off? Every person requires a different amount of calories per day to maintain their current weight. Some people ar...

Being afraid can be good for you

By   |  10/12/2017

Fear is an emotion that we are all faced with at one point or another in our lives. Beneficial effects of fear include the heightening of our awareness and the release of hormones such as adrenaline, also known as epinephrine. Thi...

A short history of the pacemaker

By Lawrence Solomon, MD  |  9/15/2017

The history of the pacemaker dates back hundreds of years. Electrical activity within the heart was discovered during the 1800s, but devices for artificially controlling the heart’s rate did not occur until the 20th century. With ...

Chocolate: To eat or not to eat

By Aarti Campo, MD   |  8/18/2017

Does eating chocolate make you healthier? Some research has tried to prove yes, but be cautious before diving into a box of bonbons. An ongoing discussion about the health benefits of chocolate has followed the publication of the ...

As heart disease deaths rise, diet and exercise are key

By Shalin Patel, MD  |  2/15/2017

For the first time since the early 1990s, the number of Americans dying from heart disease has gone up, according to a recent report card issued by the federal government. In 2015, the No. 1 killer took more than 633,000 lives, ac...

Heart healthy tips everyone should know

By Sarah Levin, MD  |  2/2/2017

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., yet many people don’t know all the facts. There are not always symptoms with heart disease and it is not limited to just people over 50. While a family history of heart dise...

Common Sense Approach to Heart Disease Prevention

By Benjamin Schaefer, MD, FACC  |  10/25/2016

"If I had first concentrated on heart disease prevention, rather than saving the lives of 150 people, I could have saved the lives of 150 million people." Dr. Christiaan Barnard, the first surgeon to transplant a human heart One o...

Why doctors order cardiac stress tests and why they don’t

By Ethan Gundeck, MD  |  1/27/2016

A stress test is a cardiovascular fitness exam that shows how well your heart muscle is working to pump blood to your body. In an exercise stress test, patients have an electrocardiogram, or EKG, while they walk or jog on a treadm...

Weigh risks and benefits to nonaspirin painkillers

By Ethan Gundeck, MD  |  7/17/2015

The recent FDA warning about nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs reported in the New York Times recently (read article here ) does not come as a surprise. We have understood for a long time that these medications, while they do c...

Heart Disease: What Every Woman Needs to Know

By Julie Ling, MD  |  6/23/2015

Did you know more women die from heart disease than breast cancer each year? In fact, according to the CDC/NCHS and NHLBI National Registry, it’s the number one cause of death in women. One in two women will die from coronary arte...

Heart Health: Is aspirin therapy right for you?

By Lawrence Solomon, MD  |  6/10/2015

Aspirin has been used for more than a century as a pain reliever and remains one of the most widely used medications worldwide. And because of its antiplatelet or blood-thinning effects, it is also increasingly used to reduce the ...

Six principles to leading a heart-healthy life

By Mark Harrison, MD  |  2/12/2015

February is American Heart Month. This gives us an opportunity to reflect on the incredible progress that has been made in the treatment of cardiac disease. Over the last 25 years, new medications, cardiovascular procedures and su...