Could an aspirin a day keep cancer (and heart disease) away?

New recommendations suggest that an aspirin a day could prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent advisory panel composed of medical experts. The USPSTF recommends that patients take daily low-dose aspirin if they are between 50–69 years old, have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and …

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Cardiovascular care services reorganized at Baylor Scott & White Health

With so many treatment options available for cardiovascular conditions, it’s often hard for patients – and sometimes even caregivers – to decide on the approach that best fits. That’s one of the reasons Baylor Scott & White Health has reorganized how cardiovascular care is delivered at its facilities. The goal is to put every patient …

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Avoid These 9 Heartbreakers For a Healthier Heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, so it warrants a serious discussion around heart health and heart disease prevention. How healthy is your heart? These “heartbreakers” can be some of the worst heart habits, so avoid these for a healthier heart and healthier life! 1.  “Pigging out” Being overweight …

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Are statins safe treatment for high cholesterol?

As a cardiologist, I often get many questions related to “statin” medications. These are the medications primarily used in treating high-cholesterol disorders. There are a number of medications now available under brand names of Lipitor, Zocor, and Crestor, just to name a few. For medications that have been tested in tens of thousands of patients, these …

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Is your lifestyle, health problems putting you at risk of having a heart attack?

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. But it is also one of the most preventable diseases. “It’s human nature to assume that nothing’s going to happen to you,” said Scott & White cardiologist, John P. Erwin, III, MD, FACC. “But eventually we …

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