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  • Get a Haircut, Lower Blood Pressure

    June 5, 2018

    “My blood pressure is all over the place.” This is a common refrain from patients. What is a “good” blood pressure? Where is the best place to measure the blood pressure? ...

  • Getting to the Heart of Vitamins

    By any measure, the vitamin supplement industry is booming.  Estimates put vitamin sales around $12 billion annually.  According to a 2013 Gallop poll, more than half of Americans ...

  • Is There Something Fishy About Heart Disease?

    In the never-ending quest to prevent heart attacks, many populations with low rates of heart disease have been studied.  What are the unique properties of these people that protect them from ...

  • Broken Heart Syndrome

    Can a heart truly be broken? Unfortunately many people have suffered the emotional aspects of a broken heart, but can the heart be physically broken as well? Consider the following scenario. A ...

  • Get Off the Couch. Walk the Dog. Live Longer.

    “Sitting is the new smoking”. This is the new mantra in cardiology and global population health. Sitting, or a sedentary lifestyle, has long been known as a risk factor for the ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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Voters have Spoken : Bridgewater BOE's Barry Walker fails in attempt to unseat Mayor Daniel Hayes for Municipal Committee Seat

June 11, 2018

To the Editor:

Usually primary elections hold very little political drama but this year in our town I was very surprised to learn that the Board of Education's Barry Walker unsuccessfully ran a campaign against Mayor Daniel Hayes in an attempt to unseat him from his District 10 Municipal Committee Seat.

Now I know why many Independent voters like me stay out of ...

Bridgewater Police Investigating Report of $2K Worth of Tools Stolen from Car, According to Report

June 17, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are investigating a report of a theft of more than $2,000 from a vehicle parked at the Home Depot, in the Bridgewater Towne Center, according to a report.

A Hillsborough resident reported June 3 at about 5:58 p.m. that his vehicle had been burglarized while parked at the Home Depot. The theft occurred between 5 p.m. and 5:50 p.m.

According to ...

New High Quality Affordable Spa Opening in Chimney Rock Plaza

June 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Residents of Somerset County can now enjoy the customized, high quality, yet affordable spa services that spavia is known for nationwide.  The newest spavia is opening on Friday, June 29th at the Chimney Rock Center in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The luxurious day spa is located in one of the most most anticipated shopping center openings in recent years (stores include Whole ...

Franklin Township: Biz Fest 2018 Draws Record Crowd

June 16, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - More than 500 people attended Biz Fest 2018, Somerset County's ‘hyper-local’ trade show and networking event, on Thursday at the Imperia.

The Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) organized the event.  SCBP Vice President of Business Services Chris Edwards said that this year's Biz Fest was a huge success. 

"This has been ...

Parents: Read This to Ensure Your Child Stays Healthy!

To all the parents out there, I'd like to ask you a question:

What is your No. 1 fear for your children when they start to play competitive sports?

I think I can guess that the answer would be: Injury.

As a loving and caring parent, it's no secret that you wish your child could stay healthy while playing sports and staying active.

And that's why I think it's ...

Get a Haircut, Lower Blood Pressure

“My blood pressure is all over the place.” This is a common refrain from patients. What is a “good” blood pressure? Where is the best place to measure the blood pressure? How does getting a hair cut affect the blood pressure?

The blood pressure is never a single solitary number. It will fluctuate over the course of the day and is affected by many things, such as ...

Five Strategies to Save Thousands on College

When talking about college debt, the statistics are never encouraging. In fact, the story gets sadder each year.  The average recent college graduate has amassed a debt exceeding $35,000 and joins the ranks of 44 million borrowers who collectively owe $1.3 trillion in education debt. The key is to avoid being a part of this grim statistic by considering some highly effective ...