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Taking Control of Your Health: Exercise

Taking Control of Your Health: Exercise

Last week we discussed how healthy dietary choices can improve your health. This week we’ll turn to another area where you can positively impact your well-being. Exercise is crucial to a healthy lifestyle and lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease. It has beneficial effects on blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. And there is good evidence that exercise is good for the brain. It is one…

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Taking Control of Your Health: Diet

Taking Control of Your Health: Diet

Most of the recent blogs have addressed risk factors for coronary heart disease—things like hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes and smoking. We’ve discussed what you can do to lower those tendencies, but we unfortunately don’t have complete control over them. Even the seemingly simple decision to smoke is not so simple once a person has become addicted to nicotine. But there are a couple…

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Women:  Listen to Your Heart

Women: Listen to Your Heart

Quick question:  What disease kills the most women every year? Strokes? Lung disease? Alzheimer’s?  Breast cancer?  Lung cancer? Nope, it’s heart disease—in fact, heart disease is more lethal to women than ALL cancers combined. And it kills three times more women each year than either lung disease, stroke or Alzheimer’s. So why do people think of heart disease as a “man’s illness?” There are several answers…

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“Family History”: How Define It

“Family History”: How Define It

Have you heard the one about how having children runs in families?  It’s true . . . if your parents didn’t have kids, most likely you won’t either. OK, bad joke—but it introduces us to the topic of genetics and how it impacts your cardiac health. How close do you have to be to someone genetically for it to impact your likelihood…

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Tobacco: An Addictive Toxin

Tobacco: An Addictive Toxin

Smoking is the most immediately reversible cause of heart disease. It acutely activates platelets, which are cell parts in the bloodstream that help form clots. Within 24 hours of quitting smoking, your blood becomes less “sticky,” lowering the tendency to having a heart attack. By the same token, though, don’t think that “one cigarette won’t hurt me.” That could be the one that triggers…

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COVID Redux

COVID Redux

Covid never went away, but “Redux” refers to a return of this topic in my blog.  For I have had Covid this week. I had thought I was going to escape this insidious infection, as I had been exposed multiple times to patients who turned out to be Covid positive. But I was infected by a friend with whom I was rooming…

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Diabetes: Increased Risk on Multiple Fronts

Diabetes: Increased Risk on Multiple Fronts

Diabetes is such a potent risk factor for heart disease that it is often called a heart disease risk equivalent. By that, we mean that a person with diabetes with no previous history of coronary heart disease has a future risk of a heart attack or other cardiovascular event similar to a person without diabetes who has already been diagnosed with…

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Hypercholesterolemia

Hypercholesterolemia

As I mentioned with hypertension management in my last blog, my patients get frustrated about the moving target for goals in treating hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol). When I started my medical training in the 1980s, we generally looked at total cholesterol and considered it to be high if it was over 240. Eventually we learned to look at the different components of total…

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Hypertension: The Silent Killer

Hypertension: The Silent Killer

In my last blog, I discussed the major risk factors for coronary heart disease. Today I’d like to talk a bit about high blood pressure—which we refer to as hypertension. Hypertension is one of the major risk factors for coronary heart disease. Furthermore, it is also a risk factor for other cardiovascular problems: heart failure, stroke, atrial fibrillation, and aneurysms, not to…

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Cardiac Risk Factors

Cardiac Risk Factors

Happy New Year to everyone. I’ll start out the year with a blog that discusses the most basic of concepts in cardiology: cardiac risk factors. That’s the phrase we use to refer to aspects in a person’s medical history that affect the likelihood of him or her having a heart problem—in particular, the heart problem of coronary heart disease—also known as…

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