Current estimates are that nearly 6.5 million Americans over the age of 20 have heart failure. Public perception is that heart failure occurs when one’s heart stops beating completely. It’s seen as a single point in time when the heart simply fails to operate. The truth is far more complicated. Heart failure is a chronic, … Continue reading 4 discoveries that are transforming heart failure care
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
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
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
What if a twice-a-year injectable medication could replace popping a pill every day to help fight high cholesterol? According to new research presented at the November 2016 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, a clinical study suggests that a drug called inclisiran drastically reduces cholesterol by cutting the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) by half … Continue reading Could twice-a-year shots replace daily cholesterol medication?
What do you do when a heart disease diagnosis abruptly takes away the job you love and almost swallows your life? Florence Hawkins-Criss made art. Last November, Florence’s painting series, “Listen to Your Heart,” hung in a juried show at Janette Kennedy Gallery in Dallas, Texas. The display was a mixture of self-portraits, colorful heart monitors and … Continue reading Heart disease stopped Florence from teaching but led her to her calling
The progress combating death from heart disease has been nothing short of spectacular. A recent study of heart-disease deaths in the southern U.S. found that the death rate has declined by more than 50 percent in Dallas and Tarrant counties, and more than 60 percent in Collin and Denton counties, since 1973. All of the … Continue reading Spectacular progress combating heart disease, but challenges remain
During February, our thoughts often turn to valentines, chocolates and, for some, heart disease. So many of us try our best to stay healthy but we’re human. We asked several Baylor Scott & White Health physicians for practical heart healthy advice to keep us thinking about ways we all can lessen the likelihood of developing heart … Continue reading Heart healthy perspective from Baylor Scott & White doctors
Adjustments in your daily lifestyle can have a dramatic effect on risks and complications of heart disease and diabetes. This includes losing weight, quitting smoking, eating healthier and exercising. Reducing your body weight by 5 to 7 percent reduces long-term complications of heart disease and diabetes in every race and ethnicity. For diabetic patients, a … Continue reading Want to lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes?
It’s no secret a well balanced diet has many health benefits. Information about the latest and greatest things to eat is everywhere from magazine covers to televisions shows to internet pop-up ads. So, where do you begin? One approach is to look at information that’s been around for some time and has scientific backing from … Continue reading The scoop on salt: You’re probably eating too much