I met a patient in the hospital where he was being treated for his coronary disease. I noticed that he had psoriasis, the inflammation and autoimmune disease that manifests itself in skin lesions. “Are you seeing a dermatologist?” I asked the patient. “You really ought to get your psoriasis treated.” “No, it’s not bothering me,” … Continue reading Autoimmune diseases can be a strong predictor of heart disease
Back in the 1970s, mastectomy was the only accepted surgical option for breast cancer treatment. A lot has changed since then, including steadily increasing breast cancer survival rates, more sophisticated diagnostic techniques and a wide range of treatment options. What remains the same, however, is that the earlier you can catch cancer, the better your chances … Continue reading Therapeutic vaccine for triple negative breast cancer, a breakthrough in cancer research
Danny McCoy is not your average 72-year-old. The retiree who previously worked in recreational property management in Houston completed a half-marathon without any prior training while in his fifties. He lived an active life. Prior to his race, Danny thought it wise to request a stress test through his primary care physician. Now, more than … Continue reading 72-year-old returns to active life following coronary artery bypass surgery
If you’re experiencing tingling, numbness or weakness in the hand, thumb or first three fingers, this could be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome. With this, you might also experience pain between the wrist and the elbow. Carpal tunnel syndrome is an inflammation of the tendons within the carpal tunnel (on the palm side of … Continue reading How to relieve pain from carpal tunnel syndrome
While anyone can face a broken heart, broken heart syndrome (also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy or stress cardiomyopathy) is a condition almost unique to women between the age of 50-80. The cause of the heart condition is not completely known, but is thought to be triggered by adrenaline which surges in stressful situations. When someone’s … Continue reading Broken Heart Syndrome: Can you die from a broken heart?
The human body is composed of between 20,000 and 25,000 different genes that make us into who we are today. Some of the genes we inherit determine the color of our hair, while others are responsible for the development of the heart. Unfortunately, sometimes a faulty gene can be present, leading to a life-threatening genetic heart … Continue reading Genetic heart conditions could cause sudden death
Sternotomies — the medical term for splitting open the chest to reach the heart — get the headlines. Transplants, bypasses and other open-heart surgeries are amazing, dramatic and lifesaving, the stuff of riveting documentaries and poignant narratives. By many measures, including transplants, Baylor Scott & White Health is one of the nation’s leaders in healing … Continue reading Leading the nation in healing hearts: The evolution of heart surgery
It’s no secret that men and women view the world differently. One bestselling book summed it up like this: “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” Actually, we’re all from Earth, but we’re not all coming from the same place, especially when it comes to medical care. Researchers at Stanford University demonstrated this in … Continue reading Mars vs. Venus: Gender bias in health?
When one faces a serious illness, “Plan A” is to utilize the powers of modern medicine to try to restore health. But what if that plan doesn’t work as desired? What if the patient is left chronically debilitated in a nursing home? What if the patient is trapped in the intensive care unit before inevitable … Continue reading Innovative approach to improving serious illness care
Martha Cochran begins 2017 with a sense of gratitude to her Baylor team. “They saved my life,” she said. On November 19 while at work, Martha had a severe allergic reaction to a high blood pressure medication. The reaction landed Martha in the hospital at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Carrollton where she … Continue reading Hospital worker saved by colleagues after allergic reaction