HeartBeats

August 14, 2018

We have all seen the advertisement. An ex-ballplayer, a Hall of Famer, is approached by a couple of pretty women in the gym. They comment on how muscular the player is, that he hasn’t changed a bit since his playing days. They inquire, “How do you do it?” The player then launches into his pitch.

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The Mediterranean diet has long been the standard for heart healthy eating.  It is a diet that emphasizes olive oil, fresh vegetables, nuts, whole grains over refined grains, fish and plant-based protein over red meat, herbs and spices to flavor food over salt, and fresh fruit for dessert instead ...

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“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 ...

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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 take vitamin supplements.  Vitamin use is even higher in older Americans, with 68 percent of those over 65 years old ...

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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 heart disease? One factor that seems to be protective is the regular consumption of fish, especially fish ...

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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 67-year-old woman presents to the emergency room (ER) with chest pain.  She lives alone and earlier in the ...

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“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 development of heart disease. Excessive sitting is also associated with a higher mortality rate. Is sitting really as bad ...

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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 ...

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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 Gustav Holst’s 1914 classical music piece Mars, the Bringer of War, to the 2015 Academy Award nominated ...

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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 arthritis, low back problems and soft tissue injury. There are many NSAIDs on the market including ...

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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 Cardiovascular Life Support guidelines and out of habit, puts the patient on oxygen.  A football player comes off the ...

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