Beware of Getting Your Health Advice From The News

As the old adage says: Take advice with a grain of salt.  In today’s continuous news cycle, consumers are constantly bombarded with health advice from a variety of sources. One day a news report sites a study telling us that coffee helps fight depression. The next day’s study finds that it causes certain cancers. But … Read More

Treat Your Medicines like Chocolate

Who would be crazy enough to leave a box of fine chocolates in a hot car? Everyone knows what heat does to chocolate. It disrupts the structural integrity of chocolate molecules, disorders their atomic relationships, and turns a tray of toothsome truffles into a lake of inedible goo. Yet many people think nothing of leaving … Read More

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EECP: How This Non-Invasive Therapy Relieves Chest Pain

Improving blood flow without surgery or medications may seem impossible, but a unique outpatient therapy called Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) is proving effective. It is an option for some patients with unrelieved chest pain caused by angina.  EECP is a non-invasive therapy provided on an outpatient basis that does not require the use of any … Read More

Gut Bacteria Byproduct Predicts Heart Attack and Stroke

Bacteria in your gut can play a role in heart disease. New research shows that choline, a nutrient found in foods like egg yolks and fatty meats, produces the byproduct TMAO when digested. TMAO is known to promote plaque accumulation in the arteries causing heart disease. Similar to vitamin B, choline is a nutrient that … Read More

FDA Issues Warning for Popular Antibiotic

If you have a prolonged QT interval (the time of contraction and then relaxation of bottom chambers of your heart), then taking the popular antibiotic azithromycin can be dangerous. This drug, also known as Zithromax, Zmax or the Z-Pak, is often prescribed for respiratory, ear and skin infections. Warning from the FDA The FDA issued a … Read More

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Athletes and Enlarged Hearts

A diagnosis of an enlarged heart in athletes may be a serious medical issue – or just a byproduct of an active lifestyle. The challenge for physicians is to differentiate between the two. About athlete’s heart The physical demands placed on the body can trigger an athlete’s heart to grow in size. This condition is called “athlete’s … Read More

Heart Healthy Habits Linked to Cancer Prevention

Are you doing your best to live a heart-healthy lifestyle? If so, you have a lower chance of developing cancer, too. A recent study by the American Heart Association (AHA) found that people practicing healthy heart habits had a significantly lower chance of developing cancer—a 38 percent lower risk to be exact. Heart disease and … Read More