Heart Health

Heart Tests: Do You Really Need Them?

· · Heart Health
If you have heart disease risk factors, or symptoms that may indicate a problem with your heart, a range of increasingly sophisticated imaging tests can help evaluate your health status and assess your need for treatment. But Mount Sinai cardiologist Bruce Darrow, MD, PhD, cautions that if you haven’t been … Read More

Internal Medicine News Briefs: Fecal Transplantation for Autism Symptoms; Pulmonary Resistance Training

· · Heart Health

Fecal Transplantation May Improve Autism Symptoms

A small study found that a 10-week targeted course of fecal transplantation reduced core autism symptoms by 45 percent in children, researchers reported in April in Scientific Reports. The researchers discovered that the children with autism had lower diversity in their gut microbes than children … Read More

A Game-Changer for Aortic Stenosis

· · Heart Health
The days of open-heart surgery to treat aortic valve stenosis may be limited, according to two ground-breaking studies presented at the 2019 American College of Cardiology (ACC) Annual Scientific Session. Both studies found that transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is as effective as open-heart valve replacement surgery in patients with … Read More

Homosysteine: The Facts

· · Heart Health
Doctors routinely measure blood levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar, because high levels are strongly associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease, and bringing these levels down through diet, exercise, and appropriate medication may lower risk. Some researchers suggest that another measure, homocysteine (ho-mo-SIS-teen) levels, should be added to … Read More

Exercise Lowers High Blood Pressure

· · Heart Health
Two recent studies suggest that exercise may be as effective as medications when it comes to lowering high blood pressure. But should you ditch the drugs in favor of moving more? Not necessarily, says Mount Sinai cardiologist Bruce Darrow, MD, PhD. “While boosting your physical activity levels is definitely beneficial … Read More

Improve Your Understanding of Test That Assess Heart Function

· · Heart Health
If your doctor suspects you have heart disease, he or she may order some tests that will provide information about the structure and function of your heart and your coronary arteries. These tests range from simple, non‑invasive screenings to more involved procedures that may include the use of high-tech imaging equipment. “Typically, … Read More

Strokes Are Preventable

· · Heart Health
It’s the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the most common cause of adult disability. As alarming as those statistics are, you may be surprised to learn that 80 percent of strokes are preventable. “That statistic from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association speaks to the combination of … Read More

Stroke in Women

· · Heart Health
Certain diseases do not behave the same way in men and women. They may have different risk profiles, different symptoms, even different outcomes. The more scientists and physicians understand about these differences, the better they can tailor care to attain the best results. To that end, a team of researchers … Read More

Beating Hypertension—the “Silent Killer”

· · Heart Health
One in three American adults has hypertension (high blood pressure). And, because hypertension causes few obvious symptoms, many people with high blood pressure don’t even know it. What’s more, only about half of all diagnosed individuals are controlling their blood pressure adequately. This condition is a primary or contributing cause … Read More

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