Sports Beat: What to Expect When Your Doctor Orders an ECG

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

Your Heart and the Big 4 Med Types to Avoid

Allergies coming on? Pain got you down? Before taking any medication to remedy the situation, always read the label, follow directions and consider the side effects. For people with heart issues, it’s especially important to know the risks of taking certain medications. If you are a heart patient, be sure to discuss all medication and … Read More

3 Ways You Can Help Detect Cancer Early

Here’s a sad, frustrating truth: We could save countless lives from cancer if we simply found the disease earlier. Take colon cancer, for example. Polyps take as long as 10 years to turn into cancer. Finding them early can literally prevent the disease from developing. For example, one recent study noted that colonoscopies could prevent … Read More

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3 Ways to Save Lives and Cut Healthcare Costs

You know the cost of healthcare in the United States is high, but the statistics are truly staggering. Healthcare costs make up almost one-fourth of the federal budget. They also account for 18 percent of America’s gross domestic product. That’s why our country is shifting to value-based care. If value-based care sounds like a buzzword … Read More

Statins and Diabetes: Risk-Benefit Round-Up (Video)

Statin medications (statins) are often used preventively in patients who are at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease. In these people, statin therapy has been shown to significantly decrease the risk of having a heart attack or dying of heart disease. However, recent studies have shown that there may be an association between statin therapy … Read More

Be Alert to Statin Side Effects (Video)

Not only do statins lower LDL cholesterol, they also have been shown to substantially reduce the risk of having a heart attack or dying of heart disease. While statins are well tolerated by most people, they do sometimes have side effects that can limit their use, says Michael Rocco, MD, Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation … Read More

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How Aerobic Activity Lowers Cardiac Risk (Video)

Decades of research have shown that regular exercise — especially aerobic exercise like walking, running and swimming — promotes heart health. Even in patients with fairly advanced heart disease, exercise provides significant benefits, including prolonged life and a reduced risk of heart complications. In this video, I share insights about how much exercise is the … Read More

4 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers

The best way to manage heart health is through diet and exercise and, when necessary, the use of prescription medications. But there are certain heart attack triggers that might surprise you. In general, we think of the four “Es” as follows: exertion, exposure to cold, emotion and eating. Here are four less-known heart attach triggers: … Read More