NSAIDs may increase your risk for heart disease, new research suggests

Do you take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain relief or fever management? New research supports the claim that people who routinely take NSAIDs could face a higher risk of having a heart attack. The recent study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that all commonly used NSAIDs — including over-the-counter ibuprofen and naproxen … Continue reading NSAIDs may increase your risk for heart disease, new research suggests




Silent damages: Why you should keep track of your blood pressure

Understanding your blood pressure is vital when it comes to the quality of your heart and overall health. Here are some of the most important facts you should know about blood pressure and how you can maintain a healthy heart. What is blood pressure?  Blood pressure is related to the amount of pressure generated by your … Continue reading Silent damages: Why you should keep track of your blood pressure




After 2 heart procedures, WWII vet shares his incredible story

Doctors and patients forge personal connections in different ways, for different reasons. Molly Szerlip, MD, an interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, and Fletcher Harris, a 90-year-old veteran of World War II, found they had a unique bond. Her daughter was about to take an emotional, educational trip to … Continue reading After 2 heart procedures, WWII vet shares his incredible story




Boxing provides strength to woman living with heart condition

When you think of boxing, you may picture the greats duking it out in the middle of a ring. But boxing isn’t just a sport. It’s recognized as a critical part of the rehabilitation process for older adults who are recovering from heart surgery and living with a cardiovascular condition. The bulky battery pack visible on 67-year-old Tarulata Patel’s waist … Continue reading Boxing provides strength to woman living with heart condition




How TAVR has changed patient recovery for those with aortic stenosis

For a doctor, the hardest conversation you ever have with patients is when you have to tell them, “No, there’s nothing I can do for you.” I went into medicine to make folks better. When you can’t do that, it’s like admitting your own fallibility. You feel you’ve hit a brick wall. Until just a … Continue reading How TAVR has changed patient recovery for those with aortic stenosis




Addressing the growing demand for viable heart donations

As the Baby Boomer population is aging, we are facing a growing demand for lifesaving organ donations worldwide. It is estimated that by 2030, there will be 10 million people in the U.S. alone with advanced heart failure. Because hearts are one of several organs in short supply, physicians are increasingly turning to alternative measures … Continue reading Addressing the growing demand for viable heart donations




23-year-old faces congestive heart failure post-pregnancy

Three-month-old Layci is the picture of a happy baby — smiling at everyone, cooing and very aware of her surroundings. Her mom, 23-year-old Brianna Harris, looks like many happy young women with a new healthy baby girl. Pictures can fool you, though. In spite of those smiles, Brianna is a congestive heart failure patient at Baylor Scott … Continue reading 23-year-old faces congestive heart failure post-pregnancy




Lipoprotein(a), genetic heart condition, increases risk of heart attack

Like many things we see in medicine, it just didn’t seem fair. Heart-wise, my patient seemed to have done everything right: good diet, plenty of exercise, ideal weight and no smoking. Yet, at a young age, he had hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis, which put him at risk of a heart attack or a … Continue reading Lipoprotein(a), genetic heart condition, increases risk of heart attack




Intolerance to exercise discovered to be blockage in 35-year-old’s heart

At age 35, Adriana Oviedo started to experience an intolerance to any exercise. At times, she would become anxious and feel out of breath just walking to her car. Her chest hurt. Her arm ached, and she felt like she was breathing in cold air, which burned. Her primary care physician prescribed anti-anxiety medication and … Continue reading Intolerance to exercise discovered to be blockage in 35-year-old’s heart