Category Archives: heart

Have you been told you have high blood pressure?

Have you been told you have high blood pressure?  If so, you are not alone.  Hypertension affects 1/3 of Americans.  High blood pressure is considered a “modifiable risk factor” for cardiovascular disease, stroke kidney failure and death.  Modifiable means that … Continue reading

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Asthma increases women’s heart disease risk

A history of asthma was independently associated with a 24% increase in the risk of new-onset heart disease (meaning strokes and heart attacks) among postmenopausal women. The Women’s Health Initiative study including 90,168 women between ages 50 – 79 showed … Continue reading

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Initial management of high blood pressure

First off, you need to know YOUR blood pressure.  Get this done at any pharmacy or grocery store.  There are two blood pressure numbers.  Your blood pressure should be UNDER 135/ UNDER 85 (s Why is this so important? Hypertension is the MOST common chronic … Continue reading

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Aspirin is not needed if you do not have a history of heart attack or stroke

Again,  aspirin is not needed if you do not have a history of heart attack or stroke. There ARE benefits to taking an aspirin per day if you have a history of cardiovascular disease, but there is increased risk of bleeding … Continue reading

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Does timing of aspirin use change heart attack and stroke events?

Maybe. A small Dutch study showed that heart attack survivors who were taking low-dose aspirin to ward off a second heart attack benefited most when they took aspirin at bedtime. We know that cardiovascular events are more often to occur … Continue reading

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Beware: a flash of anger may cause a heart attack or stroke.

There have been few studies exploring the link between short bouts of anger and cardiovascular events (in the hours following the outburst), but the evidence is consistently showing a direct relationship. There were nine independent studies which when combined showed … Continue reading

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Well, med school was wrong again!

We hear in med school that half of what we learn we will later find out is wrong.  But, which half?  We know future studies reveal different “truths” and I appreciate the need to debunk old theories if indeed they are not … Continue reading

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