Take an Ambulance, Not a Rickshaw

Hearts are the same everywhere.  So it’s no surprise that the message out of a Cleveland Clinic-co-sponsored symposium in Madras, India, is also applicable to Americans, Europeans, Africans, and everyone in between: “When you have chest pain, you need to be in a medical center.” The event was the 6th Advanced Cardiovascular Therapeutics 2011 symposium … Read More

Erectile Dysfunction May Signal Cardiovascular Problems

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is not the inevitable result of aging.  Yet mild, moderate or severe ED strikes more than 50 percent of American men between the ages of 40 and 70. So if getting old is not the “cause” of ED, what is? Erectile dysfunction may be caused by numerous diseases and conditions including vascular disease, nerve disease (such … Read More

Depression and Heart Health

Many factors can lead to depression, including a person’s family history, high levels of stress, physical health and/or state of mind. In recent years, research is showing a strong link between depression and heart disease. Findings indicate that people who are depressed are more likely to develop coronary heart disease. The unfortunate thing is that … Read More

Gut Flora Linked to Heart Disease

Dr. Hazen and his team didn’t set out to nail lecithin. They were simply comparing the blood of subjects that were prone to coronary artery disease, with the blood of subjects that were not. But they found that some subjects had a certain type of gut flora (the bacteria that is in all our digestive … Read More

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Stroke Used to be a Big Problem after CABG

Back in 1988, as many as 2.6% of patients having a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) suffered a stroke associated with the operation. In those days, the criteria for who was eligible for bypass were stricter than it is today. Today, surgeons operate on older and sicker patients than ever. Yet the incidence of stroke … Read More