Ladies: Is estrogen your heart’s BFF or archenemy?

When it comes to heart health, there are two questions concerning a woman’s natural estrogen: 1) does estrogen protect younger women from heart disease, and 2) whether estrogen’s decline at menopause contributes to heart disease in middle-age and older women. The simple answer: yes. But, as with many tight relationships, it’s complicated. Estrogen has a … Read More

Heart Health Twitter Quiz: Blood Pressure

True or False: If your blood pressure is elevated only when you are at the doctor’s office and is normal at other times, you don’t have high blood pressure and you need not worry at all about your blood pressure. True False Answer: False In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: We … Read More

Caffeine Not a ‘Trigger’ for Atrial Fibrillation

Recent research shows that atrial fibrillation (Afib) is not more common in people who drink a few cups of coffee a day compared to those who avoid caffeine entirely. Coffee drinkers concerned about their heart health will be happy to learn more about the research findings. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition … Read More

Heart Health Twitter Quiz – Exercise

True or False: Exercise is dangerous for the heart patient.  True  False Answer: False In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: The long-held myth that heart patients should not exercise is flat- out wrong! Exercise improves heart health, whether you have heart issues today or wish to avoid them in the future. … Read More

Heart Health Twitter Quiz – Red Yeast Rice

True or False: Red yeast rice can lower your LDL cholesterol. True False Answer: True In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: Red yeast rice can lower LDL and total cholesterol because it actually contains a statin. The problem is that it contains an unpredictable amount of a relatively weak statin. There … Read More

Care after Aorta Surgery?

David Y asks TBE: “Is there any information about connective tissue disorders related to aortic aneurysms, valvular prolapse and treatment and care after surgery.” We asked Dr. Vidyasagar Kalahasti, staff cardiologist in our Section of Imaging and member of our Aorta Center.  He provided the following answer by video. Summary: If you have a connective … Read More

Plant Based Diets and Reversal of Blockages?

This week we had a tweet:  @Rod5454  Q:Would a plant based diet help to reverse these blockages ? Example : Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. Of Cleveland Clinic.. Dr. Stanley Hazen, Section Head of Preventive Cardiology replies: “A plant based diet is low in cholesterol and saturated fats, and believed in general to be healthy. … Read More

Heart Health Twitter Quiz – Pacemakers

True or False: Pacemakers “fix” all heart rhythm problems. True False Answer: False In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: We use pacemakers most often to treat people who have a heart rate that is too slow (also termed a bradycardia). In these people, the pacemaker ensures a heart rate that is … Read More