HeartBeats

  • The Winter Blues

    December 11, 2017

    The weather is getting colder. The days are shorter. People leave for work in the dark and come home in the dark.  Winter is here and with it comes an increase in heart disease and heart related ...

  • Would a Trip to Mars be Bad for the Heart?

    Mars, the closest planet to the Earth, has always fascinated humans. From H.G Wells 1898 novel The War of the Worlds, to Orson Welles’ infamous 1938 radio broadcast about a Martian invasion, to ...

  • Is Your Arthritis Medication Hurting your Heart?

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are common medications, available over the counter as well as by prescription, used to relieve pain, reduce fever and decrease inflammation caused by ...

  • Is Oxygen Really Necessary?

    A 55-year-old man presents to the Emergency Room with crushing chest pain. He is diagnosed with an acute heart attack.  The nurse, following the American Heart Association Advanced ...

  • Are Statins a Pain?

    Statins are wonderful drugs which have almost single handedly reduced the global burden of heart disease. Statins are a class of medications that lower cholesterol, including the “bad ...

  • PARIS: Polluted Arteries R not In Style

    The Great Smog gripped the city of London for four days in 1952.  Smog was not an unusual occurrence in London, but this one was different. It started after a prolonged cold front caused coal ...

  • Painting a Portrait of Women with Heart Disease

    The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is perhaps the best-known and most famous work of art in the world.  It was painted in 1503 and still draws huge crowds to its home in the Louvre in Paris.

  • Can an Aspirin a Day Keep the Cardiologist Away?

    In the 1890’s, scientists at Bayer developed a new medication they called aspirin. In 1899, Bayer began selling aspirin.  For many decades, aspirin was used to treat pain, fever and ...

  • Blood Pressure Negotiations

    The American Heart Association (AHA) encourages everyone to “know his or her numbers”. One of the numbers that the AHA wants us to know is the blood pressure. The AHA recommends that the ...

  • Alcohol: A Potent Potable Producing Atrial Fibrillation?

    “Welcome to Medical Jeopardy!” “Thank you, Johnny. Dr T. Totaler is our defending champion. Please start us off and pick a category”. “Thanks Alex. I’ll take ...

  • Are Giant Football Players at Risk for Heart Disease?

    Football, by many measures, is America’s favorite sport. Over the holidays, many people spent their time rooting for their favorite college or professional football team. While ...

  • Can You Outrun Your Genes?

    A 68-year-old man presents to his cardiologist’s office for chest discomfort while training for a marathon. He is very active and has run one or two marathons each year.  He does not have ...

  • An Exercise Prescription to get FITT

    A 55-year-old obese woman wishes to begin an exercise program to lose weight, reduce her risk for heart disease, lower her blood pressure and lower her cholesterol. How should she proceed? First, she ...

  • Help For The Diabetic Heart

    Diabetes mellitus is a disease characterized by high blood sugar.  Normally, the sugar in the body is tightly regulated by insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas.  There are two types ...

  • Atherosclerotic Mummies

    Atherosclerosis, the build up of plaque in an artery, such as a heart artery, is derived from the Greek αθηρα (athera) or “gruel” and ...

  • Thirsting for Hydration Tips

    It might happen at a high school cross-country meet. It might happen during an Ironman competition. It might happen in the upcoming Olympics in Rio. It might happen to a hiker in the Grand Canyon, ...

  • Sleeper Strategies for Cholesterol and Triglycerides

    In the 1973 Woody Allen movie Sleeper, the main character, Miles Monroe is cryogenically frozen. He awakens 200 years later in a new world, filled with wondrous new technology, such as robot ...

  • Exercise Your Brain

    Some of the greatest thinkers in history made exercise an integral part of their lives and attributed their daily physical activity to their success. Aristotle, the Greek philosopher who was a ...

  • The Coffee Consensus

    “We want to do a lot of stuff; we’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful ...

  • How much exercise is too much exercise?

    A 26-year-old man is running a race. The terrain is tough and mountainous. The weather is hot and humid; the mid-day sun is beating down on him. Despite the hard conditions, the man doesn’t ...

  • A look at TRIALs in FIBRILLATION

    Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is the most common heart rhythm disturbance with about 5.6 million diagnosed cases in the United States. Afib is a major health problem and a growing epidemic with ...

  • Screening Student Athletes: Controversies and Benefits

    Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is caused by ventricular fibrillation (an irregular heart rhythm from the lower chambers of the heart) and is almost always fatal. Sudden cardiac death does occur in ...

  • Music, Inflammation and Holiday Stress

    Can listening to music decrease inflammation and stress? Can music be beneficial to heart patients? To answer these questions, we have to understand inflammation and its role in heart ...

  • Hypertension Essentials

    High blood pressure (hypertension) affects nearly one in two people worldwide between the ages of 35 and 70 years old. Hypertension is a leading risk factor for stroke, heart attack, death ...

  • Go Nuts for the Best Diet

    What is the best diet for weight loss? What is the best diet for heart health? Many heart patients are obese and are looking for a good diet to lose weight. Certainly all heart patients would like to ...

  • Commotion in the Heart

    On a warm spring night, a 12-year-old pitcher toes the rubber in a Little League baseball game. His team is playing their in-town rivals in an intense game with many friends and family looking on.

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Switzerland Man Arrested for DWI Following Route 202 Pursuit, According to Raritan Police

December 15, 2017

RARITAN, NJ - A man from Switzerland was arrested Dec. 5 for driving while intoxicated after a brief pursuit on Route 202 that ended in Branchburg, according to a report from Raritan Borough Police.

Pirmin Lotscher, 38, was arrested for driving while intoxicated after he was seen by Officer Andrew Ragati driving at a high rate of speed on First Avenue.

According to the report, Lotscher ...

Habitat for Humanity Seeking Space for ReStore

December 16, 2017

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity is launching a Habitat ReStore in the Somerset County area.

Habitat is looking for unused retail space (about 10,000 to 15,000 square feet) in Somerset County that could support a local Habitat ReStore. Anyone who has a space that can be offered at an affordable rent is being asked to partner with Raritan Valley Habitat to build a ...

Somerset County Commission on Status of Women Seeking Nominations for Outstanding Women

December 9, 2017

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominations for the 2018 Outstanding Women in Somerset County awards program, and nominations are due by Dec. 31.

"We have many women in Somerset County doing amazing things every day," freeholder Patricia Walsh, commission liaison, said in a release. "It is most appropriate that during ...

'It's a Wonderful Life'from film to stage to radio

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ shows surprising appeal as radio/stage production

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has selected a nostalgic and heartwarming version of the classic Frank Capra movie from the 1140’s to entertain holiday audiences. “It’s a Wonderful Life” has somehow become a classic Christmas ...

The Winter Blues

The weather is getting colder. The days are shorter. People leave for work in the dark and come home in the dark.  Winter is here and with it comes an increase in heart disease and heart related deaths.  There are many reasons why winter weather worsens heart problems. Heart patients are under more stress at the extremes of temperatures. Cold weather increases the workload on the ...

Freight Train Derailment in Union; Raritan Train Station Service Suspended

December 8, 2017

UNION, NJ - A freight train derailed in Union at about 2:15 p.m. this afternoon, and Raritan Borough Police say train service is suspended at the Raritan Train Station until further notice because of it.

Preliminary details indicate that the train derailed past the Union Train Station.  According to Township of Union Business Administrator, the freight train contained 141 cars.  ...