HeartBeats

  • Is Oxygen Really Necessary?

    September 25, 2017

    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.

  • Does Your Heart Pine for the Mountains?

    While planning a trip to the Andes Mountains, I wondered about the effects of high altitudes on the heart. Are high mountain elevations bad for the heart? Are there beneficial effects to the heart ...

  • Alcohol and the Heart

    Can a drink a day keep the cardiologist away? Does alcohol decrease the risk for heart attack and cardiac death or is it harmful to the heart?

    Before tackling this question, some definitions are ...

  • Does the Agony of Defeat include a Heart Attack?

    Can a fan be so caught up in World Cup soccer that they have a heart attack? Can watching your football team in a tough, hard-fought, closely contested Super Bowl lead to sudden cardiac arrest? There ...

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Health & Wellness

A Call for Help: a Review on Somerset Regional Animal Shelter

October 9, 2017

To the Editor, 

This is mainly a call for help than a formal letter. I felt the need to tell my story to someone because this was the first time I was disappointed in my township. Or rather, I was disappointed in the shelter. And let me tell you why.

Two months ago, I found a kitten in the garage. I was not sure if he was okay, so I decided to give him to the shelter, in hopes that he ...

Bridgewater Man Arrested for DWI Following Motor Vehicle Crash, Police Say

October 14, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater man was arrested for driving while intoxicated Oct. 4 following a motor vehicle crash on Foothill Road, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Karam Khosla, 27, was issued summonses for driving while intoxicated, careless driving and failure to maintain a traffic lane following the arrest at about 9:57 a.m.

Khosla was processed and released ...

Annual Fall Festival at Lord Stirling Stables Coming soon

October 15, 2017

Halloween is coming to Lord Stirling Stable and the Friends Of Lord Stirling Stables invite members of the public to the Annual Fall Festival from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm on Saturday, Oct. 28 for some fun fall activities! 

Enjoy pony rides, kid-friendly Halloween-themed games and activities, fall-themed food, and fun, and event-filled hayrides on our trails. Costumes are ...

County Parks Administrator Elected to the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration

October 15, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Cindie Sullivan, deputy director of the Somerset County Park Commission, has been elected to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Sullivan was inducted recently at the Academy’s Annual Meeting during the National Recreation and Park Association Conference in New Orleans, LA.

The Academy is a group of distinguished practitioners and educators who ...

'The Honeymooners' smart, snappy production

Smart, sassy production of ‘The Honeymooners’ takes off at Paper Mill

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – “And away we go” indeed. The creative team at the Paper Mill Playhouse has taken the seeds of “The Honeymooners” from 1950’s television and turned it into a smart, snappy musical.

Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton are still up to their get-rich-quick ...

Department of Justice: ISIS Sympathizer Arrested in Cranford, Plotting the "Next 9/11" with Two Accomplices

October 8, 2017

NEW YORK, NY – The Department of Justice released details of a thwarted terror plot to attack New York City during the summer of 2016 on Friday.

Three men, who were arrested in 2016 and 2017, planned to detonate bombs in Times Square and the New York City subway system and shoot civilians at concert venues in support of ISIS, according to the Department of Justice.

The three arrested ...