Heart disease is usually associated with chest pressure or tightness and shortness of breath. Surprisingly, though, some women never experience these typical symptoms—instead, they may have back pain or feel fatigued.
Has your doctor told you have minor blockages in your coronary arteries? If you’ve had a heart catheterization for blockages your doctor determined are too minor to require a stent or bypass surgery, it’s still important not to ignore chest pain. In a recent study, researchers at the Veterans Administration’s Eastern Colorado Health Care System … Read More
Cardiologists get asked a lot of questions by their inquisitive patients, including “What is the widow maker artery?” The left descending artery or LAD has earned a dubious distinction. The low survival rate when patients experience a heart attack there spawned the term “widow maker.” To understand more about the LAD’s role in coronary circulation, … Read More
“Inflammation.” You may have heard that word a lot lately and maybe you’ve wondered, “Do I have inflammation?” Actually, you’ve seen inflammation when you’ve injured yourself or gotten an infection. Inflammation as a normal bodily response can cause swelling, pain, fever or warmth. We now believe inflammation plays a role in chronic diseases. It’s a … Read More