Tag: cardiac problems

A New Specialty: Cardio-Oncology

Imagine being cured of cancer, only to learn the treatment that saved your life caused you to develop heart failure. Or perhaps your risk factors for heart disease spiral out of control when you begin chemotherapy. More concerning: What if your doctor suggests you stop your cancer treatment because it’s

Ask the Doctor: Neck Manipulation & Stroke; Electrolyte Imbalance; Apathy

Q: I have heard that manipulation of the neck by a chiropractor or osteopathic doctor might trigger a stroke. Is this true?

A: The American Heart Association (AHA) seems to think so. The AHA issued a scientific statement warning about an association between chiropractic manipulation of the neck and heightened risk of stroke

What You Should Know About Open-Heart Surgery

What You Should Know About Open-Heart Surgery

The phrase open-heart surgery is often used interchangeably with “bypass surgery,” which is technically “coronary artery bypass grafting,” or CABG. But open-heart surgery can actually refer to any of several operations that require surgeons to open up the chest cavity and work directly on the heart.
Other procedures requiring open-heart

Surgery Late in Life: What to Consider

For older adults who are very ill, surgery is often seen as a potentially life-saving procedure. But with research indicating that one in three elderly Medicare recipients undergo surgery in their last year of life, Mount Sinai geriatrician Patricia Bloom, MD, says it is important to balance the pros and

Do You Need an ICD?

Your heart relies on a series of coordinated electrical impulses to contract normally and pump blood to your body. A heart attack or other cardiac conditions may damage this electrical system, placing you at risk for life-threatening irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
When these electrical malfunctions occur, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)

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