Heart Health

Heart Health

Blood Thinners: Balancing the Benefits and Risks

· · Heart Health

So-called “blood thinners” (anticoagulant drugs) can help prevent dangerous blood clots in people with the abnormal heart rhythm atrial fibrillation (AFib), in which the atria (the upper chambers of the heart) beat irregularly and ineffectively. “This causes blood to pool in the atria,” says Jonathan Halperin, MD, director of clinical  … Read More

Newer LDL-Lowering Drug Shows Excellent Benefit

· · Heart Health

In the ongoing effort to find drugs that safely and effectively reduce cardiovascular events, there’s a new class of stars: PCSK9 inhibitors. These drugs are antibodies directed at the PCSK9 protein, which regulates LDL receptor recycling.  Blocking the protein results in increasing the effective number of receptors, which leads to  … Read More

Two-Way Connection Between Heart Attack and AFib Found

· · Heart Health

Previously, it had been established that having a heart attack raises the risk of having atrial fibrillation (AFib), a condition that produces an irregular and/or fast heartbeat. Now, researchers have determined that the connection appears to work both ways, and that having AFib is associated with an increased risk of  … Read More

Respond “FAST” to Stroke Symptoms

· · Heart Health

Did you know women are twice as likely to die from stroke than from breast cancer? Many women think of stroke as a man’s problem. They don’t know the symptoms of stroke, or that seeking emergency care is critical when these symptoms occur.

But what they don’t know can make all  … Read More

Editor’s Note: LDL: What’s the New Number?

· · Heart Health

Many patients are asking about the latest guidelines on reducing cardiovascular risks issued by the American College of Cardiology. These guidelines, which were published several months ago, suggests that patients without other cardiovascular risk factors can have LDL cholesterol levels up to 190 before they get treated. Prior to the  … Read More

How to Survive and Thrive with Heart Failure

· · Heart Health

Women comprise about half of the estimated 5.1 million people in the United States living with heart failure. Like their male counterparts, many women are surprised at the diagnosis and worry about their future. Will they become disabled? Will they die?

The fact is, modern medical advances and lifestyle measures enable  … Read More

Ensure Accurate Readings with In-Home Blood Pressure Monitors

· · Heart Health

The American Heart Association recommends that, if you have hypertension, you regularly monitor your blood pressure (BP) with a home monitor. Research shows people who use home monitors regularly tend to keep their blood pressure under control more effectively.

“Studies consistently show that readings taken at home are better indicators of  … Read More



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