It may be a classic heart-attack symptom, but pressure or discomfort or tightness in your chest doesn’t always accompany a heart attack. For some people, particularly women, pain in other places may be their main symptoms. For others, chest discomfort comes and goes—the result of a condition called angina, which
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Cardiologists are calling transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) a major advance in cardiovascular medicine. TAVR allows a stiff, calcified aortic valve to be replaced from the inside of the heart in a nonsurgical procedure performed in the cath lab. The FDA has approved TAVR for the treatment of severe, symptomatic
Primary care physicians can help you with basic heart-health needs such as managing high blood pressure medications, providing recommendations about heart- smart foods and suggesting appropriate exercise options. But when your heart requires more attention than your primary care physician can provide, you may be referred to a heart specialist.
Participants in the “Wellderly” study, underway since 2007 at Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI), La Jolla, CA, have lower genetic risks for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and coronary artery disease, the most common form of heart disease, compared to a group that was chosen to represent the general population, from the
If you take a statin to help lower your cholesterol, you may have heard that you should avoid grapefruit.
“Patients often ask about grapefruit and statins, and whether they can eat the fruit or drink the juice when on statins,” says Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD, co-section head of Preventive Cardiology and
If you’re not sure how much exercise you need every week to help keep your heart healthy, you’re not alone. A Cleveland Clinic survey released earlier this year found that most Americans aren’t sure how much physical activity is recommended for heart health.
The survey also revealed that about two-thirds
Calcium deposits in the arteries of your heart (coronary arteries) are often viewed as precursors to heart disease and a higher risk of heart attack because they can narrow the blood vessels. Coronary artery calcium (CAC) density screenings, though somewhat controversial and not appropriate for all patients, are sometimes used
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strengthened the warnings on labels of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) recently, many consumers were left wondering whether it was safe to continue taking the painkillers. The FDA updated its warnings that NSAIDs raise the risk of heart attack or stroke.
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Two new cholesterol-lowering drugs may do more than provide alternatives for people who have serious side effects from statins. PCSK9 inhibitors may also help bring back specific targets in cholesterol treatment guidelines.
When the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association developed new cholesterol guidelines with the National Heart,
If you’ve had a heart attack, chances are your doctor has advised you to take a low-dose or “ba-by” aspirin to help keep you safe from a second event. But there has been some debate among physicians about whether daily aspirin therapy is appropriate for primary prevention—the prevention of a