Women receive fewer implantable cardiac devices than do men, yet when they do receive them, their survival is the same or — in some cases — better, a recent study shows.
Despite limitations, heart disease risk calculators are a good discussion-starter with your doctor about your risk, lifestyle changes to consider, and whether medication would benefit you.
If you are a young athlete and have chest pain, see a doctor right away. Only about 5 percent of chest pain in this group is caused by a heart issue — but those are the cases no one wants to miss.
A simple test provides a truer sense of blood flow in the legs, providing a better way to test for and grade peripheral artery disease.
Could treating depression lower your risk of heart attack or stroke? The results of one study — comparing antidepressants and statins — surprised researchers.
Beta-blockers are some of the most effective medications for treating heart failure. While side effects and determining dosage can make their use difficult, abruptly stopping them is dangerous.
Doctors use risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, body-mass index, gender and age to help determine the likelihood someone will suffer a future heart attack. However, risk prediction is an inaccurate science. Too often, someone thought to be at low or intermediate risk has an unexpected heart attack or dies … Read More
How likely are you to have a heart attack or stroke? A simple blood test can help predict your risk. The PLAC® Test measures an enzyme, Lp-PLA2, that is produced when your arteries are inflamed and plaque (fatty buildup) is at risk of rupturing. When a rupture occurs, a blood clot forms over it, sometimes … Read More
Back to school time means back to sports. Before training begins you will often be required to complete a pre-participation athletic screening. Generally, this involves filling out a form that asks you questions about your medical history and your family’s. For most athletes, the screening stops there. However, when a physician feels that an athlete’s … Read More
Can you be tested to death? Possibly. Consensus is building that Americans are getting too many medical tests. One unnecessary test can lead to another. And unnecessary tests can sometimes lead to risky and unnecessary medical procedures. All of this is driving up the cost of healthcare. At the same time, appropriate medical testing is … Read More