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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If your doctor suspects you have heart disease, you may be advised to undergo cardiac tests to diagnose your condition. These tests range from simple, non-invasive screenings to more involved procedures that may include the use of high-tech imaging equipment.
“Typically, these tests are ordered in response to symptoms such as
About 5.1 million Americans have heart failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and of that number, 2.5 million are women. These numbers reflect the fact that the average age of Americans is increasing—most people with the condition are older adults—but they also reflect advances in medicine
When a heart muscle contracts weakly or is unable to relax properly, its ability to pump blood is impaired. This is called heart failure.
Surprisingly, it is often preventable.
“The risk factors that predispose someone to developing heart failure are the same that lead to heart attacks: smoking, obesity, and a sedentary
Q. I’ve had some hypertension issues over the years, and my doctor keeps ordering different tests. How can I tell which ones I really need, and which are unnecessary?
A. It’s important to know why a test has been ordered and what your doctor hopes to learn about your condition from
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
You know how important it is to understand your doctor’s diagnosis of a medical condition, instructions regarding medications, or explanation of a test result. But, when it comes to heart health, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the terminology. A cardiologist’s vocabulary is filled with acronyms like CABG and STEMI,