Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women and men—more than twice the rate of all cancers combined. So, when I, as a primary care doctor, see a 50-year-old menopausal patient, my first thought is: What are we doing to screen her for stroke and heart disease risks? The
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Dual antiplatelet therapy after stenting: longer is better.
After stenting, patients are routinely prescribed two drugs—aspirin and either clopidogrel or prasugrel—for six to 12 months to prevent a blood clot from forming inside the stent and to reduce the risk of heart attack. Now a study published in the Nov. 16,
Beware of Painkillers After a Heart Attack.
Taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) after a heart attack can increase the risk of death, recurrent heart attack, stroke and bleeding in patients taking antithrombotic therapy. According to a study in the February 24, 2015, Journal of the American Medical Association, any NSAID
Q. My husband recently had two stents put in his heart, but there was some conversation with his doctor about whether open heart surgery should be done instead. How does a doctor decide which procedure is best?
A. Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with balloons
Q. Last fall I had a heart attack and was rushed to the ER. A stent was put in my heart. Why did my doctor tell me to stop taking over-the-counter NSAIDs for my osteoarthritis?
A. If you have a stent, your doctor probably put you on aspirin and clopidogrel (Plavix),
By Orli R. Etingin, MD, Editor-in-Chief
Many of my patients ask how best to protect themselves against heart disease and whether they should see cardiac specialists.
It’s important to understand that heart disease is different in women than in men, with women less likely to experience the classic chest pain/angina symptoms. This