Category Archives: heart

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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Rethink calcium supplements

There was an NIH study of 388,000 people, both men and women.  Calcium supplements were caused to increase the risk of cardiovascular death in men.  In women, no association was found between calcium supplements and cardiovascular death. Dietary calcium–calcium from food– … Continue reading

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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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