How New Nutrition Label Will Help You Eat Wisely

A new Nutrition Facts label is coming to a store near you. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced proposed revisions aimed at simplifying the familiar panel, which appears on nearly 700,000 packaged foods and beverages. The FDA updated the label just once since its release 20 years ago. The makeover reflects current scientific … Read More

Restoring Circulation to Your Carotid Artery: 2 Options

If physicians find that you need a procedure to restore circulation to your carotid artery, here’s what you need to know. There are two options that are currently available: 1) carotid endarterectomy, which involves work directly on the carotid artery and 2) carotid stenting, an alternative for those who may not tolerate a carotid endarterectomy. … Read More

Use Common Sense When Wearing Body Slimmers

Ladies, we all know the marvels achievable with shapewear – those slimming, stretchy undergarments that can help you go down a dress size and make your body seem smaller and firmer. Unlike Victorian-era corsets, with their tight lacings and metal panels, modern-day shapewear is not going to permanently narrow your ribcage or relocate your organs. … Read More

Heart Disease and Pregnancy: An Uneasy Mix

Though having a child might seem like the most natural and healthy thing in the world, pregnancy puts a strain on the mother’s body, in particular on her cardiovascular system. Women who have heart conditions should discuss potential risk factors with their doctor before planning a pregnancy. A team of dedicated medical professionals including cardiologists … Read More

Electronic Cigarettes: Weighing in on a Popular Trend

Contributor:  Raul Seballos, MD Electronic cigarette (e-cig) manufacturers claim that they are a safer alternative to cigarettes. But two important questions must be addressed: Are e-cigs safe? Are they effective for helping people quit smoking? E-cigs are battery-powered devices. They are the same size and shape as standard cigarettes but generate a vapor containing one-third … Read More

How You Can Find the Best Personal Trainer

Contributor Christopher Travers, MS, exercise physiologist You’re ready to get serious with your fitness routine and hire a personal trainer. Good for you. You may find, however, that all personal trainers are not created equal. To avoid wasting time and money, be thorough in your research. You should insist on someone who can really help … Read More

5 Common Questions About Sex and Your Heart

Patients often ask me: Is sex good for your heart? The question seems simple. The answer is complicated, in part because of the limits of what research can tell us. But we do have a strong sense that sex fits in with a heart-healthy lifestyle. Below are answers to five common questions. 1. Is sex … Read More

When Caregivers Become Patients (Video)

Imagine you work in the health care industry: You have the knowledge. You make the rules. Until one day you yourself experience a major health problem. Suddenly, everything changes. Now, you’re the patient in the bed. You’re the one who’s helpless and dependent. That’s what happened to the health care workers in this video. The … Read More