Heart Health

Spread a Little Heart Health on Your Bread

· · Heart Health
Conflicting information exists today about whether butter or margarine is healthier for your diet. However, as a full-fat dairy product and an animal fat, butter is solid at room temperature. Animal fats can increase your risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) and heart disease. Margarine, which … Read More

Toward a Better Understanding of Lipids and Heart Disease Risk

· · Heart Health
When we get our annual bloodwork, one of the top numbers we hear about is the cholesterol level. It is widely accepted that elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol increases the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). But while regular blood checks also measure triglycerides, less is known about their role … Read More

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

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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

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