People with diabetes are more likely to develop heart disease. Clouding this issue, the FDA recently issued a warning that statin therapy may be associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes. What gives?
Statin therapy is a popular first-line treatment to lower LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attacks and death. While most people tolerate statins quite well, occasionally side effects can occur. Dr. Michael Rocco explains what to watch out for.
Intolerance to a specific statin does not predict a poor response to another. Learn how specific dosing regimens that increase the dose/frequency over time can help increase your tolerance.
When it comes to heart health, exercise is good medicine. Even in patients with fairly advanced heart disease, regular aerobic activity can provide significant benefits — including a longer life expectancy.
Cardiothoracic surgery fellow Michael Robich, MD gives us an inside look at what it’s like to care for heart surgery patients before, during and after an operation.
A large number of patients diagnosed with earlier stage lung cancer can be cured by a lobectomy to remove a large section of lung. However, it is a major surgery that does affect the body. Here’s what to look for.
People diagnosed with lung cancer who find out they need a lobectomy to remove a large section of lung may often feel some trepidation. However, the procedure is higher-tech than ever, and the body is quick to adapt.
Lobectomy, or surgery to remove earlier stage lung cancers, has come a long way with newer, less invasive surgical techniques. Robotic surgery and other advances mean less pain, fewer complications and shorter hospital stays.
While the diagnosis of stage 3 or 4 lung cancer can be scary, there is hope for patients with advanced disease. Treatment of these stages of cancer generally is not surgical and relies instead on chemotherapy and radiation.
Knowing how stage 1 and 2 lung cancer are defined is key to learning more about treatment options and prognosis. Today’s treatments are better than ever, and up to 80 to 85 percent of stage 1 cancers can be cured.