Prevention Starts in Children

You’ll probably never meet a kid with atherosclerosis. But you probably know more than a few who carry the seeds. Risk factors and risk behaviors that grow cardiovascular disease begin in childhood. That’s why the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), recently convened an expert panel and published new Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and … Read More

Rheumatoid Arthritis and the Strange Danger

There are two types of arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the type that concerns us here. That’s because people with RA have a significant risk of mortality, almost twice that of the normal population, adding up to a 15-18 year reduction in life span. Most of that risk comes from cardiovascular … Read More

Drug-eluting Stents Shine in New Study

People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are a special category of heart patient. They are at higher risk of developing coronary artery disease and angina. They are more likely to have heart attacks. Despite this, there have been too few studies rigorously studying the effect of treatments for coronary artery disease on these patients. Some … Read More

Isolation Blues

Live Alone and Like It was the title of a 1936 best-seller about the joys of being single.  But single people might not like the results of a recent study showing that heart attack survivors have a 35 percent greater chance of dying after the first four years if they live by themselves and have … Read More

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Coated Stents: Spreading the Goodness

Coated or drug-eluting stents may be doing more good than expected. A recent study shows that the medication on the surface of these stents may be preventing heart attacks in the vessel beyond the stent. The study, led by Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Richard Krasuski, M.D., observed that patients receiving medicated stents have a lower likelihood … Read More

When Time is Muscle

If you’re having a heart attack you need to get to a hospital, fast. And not just any hospital. A hospital that can give you an emergency angioplasty. Heart attacks are caused by blockages of the coronary arteries. An angioplasty snakes a little balloon up through your blood vessels and inflates it at the site … Read More

Just Say No

“Too much information!” has become a common conversational refrain.  We say it when speaker threatens to reveal more than we need to know about a personal subject.  The same utterance could be applied to medicine, where unnecessary diagnostic tests can burden caregivers with more information than they need.  Too much information can be dangerous when … Read More

Stents of Steel

The development of stents for coronary artery diseases was the big news in cardiology in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  A stent is a little mesh cylinder that is slipped into a coronary artery to hold it open the same way structural steel holds a building erect.  Stents are deployed as the final phase … Read More

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Aspirin: Take it Without a Break

If you’ve been popping an aspirin a day on doctor’s orders, here’s a new order: Don’t stop.  A new study shows that patients with a history of heart disease who drop their aspirin-a-day regimen increase their risk of a heart attack by as much as 60 percent. “This study highlights the importance of staying on … Read More

Researching a New Treatment for ED

In response to the many questions from our article, “Erectile Dysfunction May Signal Cardiovascular Problems,” Dr. Shishehbor provided additional information on current treatment and research. One common cause of erectile dysfunction (ED) is reduced blood supply to the penis during arousal due to blockages caused by fatty material accumulated along the artery walls. The current therapy … Read More