Category Archives: heart

Is your thyroid sluggish? That could harm your heart.

I have many patients who are tired/fatigued. One condition for me to rule out is hypothyroidism. This is when the thyroid gland—the gland in front of your neck—isn’t working as well as it should. There is an inexpensive blood test … Continue reading

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Chest pain may be an unreliable factor for heart attacks…

Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) recently published an article showing chest pain is often absent in young women with heart attacks. Women with heart attacks are more likely to have a heart attack without chest pain (compared to men).  … Continue reading

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Do you need an advanced directive? Do you know what this is?

Two answers:  Yes, you do need one.  And, read on… to find out what’s an advanced directive. An advanced directive is a legal document that spells out how YOU want to be cared for if you are unable to make … Continue reading

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Are you young with high blood pressure?

A common belief is that high blood pressure is only important to people as they get older.  We each have an age in our head that we think that we are young (!) … and do not need medicine like … Continue reading

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Tai chi, one pathway to a better life.

I have seen groups of people performing tai chi in the park and wondered what was the draw to (what seemed to me)… arm waving.  I know, I am unenlightened.  A recent internal medicine journal cites a study showing tai chi significantly improves … Continue reading

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New York Times. What does your current health tell about YOUR future?

Interesting study showing how exercise capacity and speed foretells level of health 40 years later.  As for me. . . I’m ditching this keyboard, running, and starting a log of my running times! Running Time as a Measure of Heart Health – NYTimes.com. Make … Continue reading

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Atrial fibrillation may be PREVENTABLE!

Atrial fibrillation does not need to be your “destiny.”  AF is an irregular heart rhythm that increases your risk of stroke.  Be aware of the risk factors and change your future!  A study of 15,000+ adults revealed modifiable (changeable) risk factors … Continue reading

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