Is your daily aspirin protecting your heart? A urine test could tell

For many people with heart disease, a daily dose of aspirin helps prevent heart attacks and stroke. But some people need more protection than others. Tailoring the dosage and medication mix for each person has always been a challenge — until we started testing their urine. What we found gave us hope, and it centered … Continue reading Is your daily aspirin protecting your heart? A urine test could tell

8 questions that can predict your risk of stroke

Judy Buck was enjoying a normal Saturday morning, working on her grocery list, when her life took a dramatic turn. “My eye started watering, and then my whole left side got heavy,” Judy said. “I knew something was wrong.” Judy’s husband raced her to the local hospital emergency department where Judy was diagnosed with a stroke. Stroke … Continue reading 8 questions that can predict your risk of stroke

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

Popular heartburn medications associated with stroke: Should you be concerned?

Heartburn can be a pain, especially following the holiday season. To find relief, millions of Americans have relied on a class of drugs called Protein Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)—medications that bind to stomach cells to reduce acid, often associated with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers. But a new study casts doubt on … Continue reading Popular heartburn medications associated with stroke: Should you be concerned?

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

FDA strengthens heart attack, stroke warning for popular painkillers

Before you reach into the medicine cabinet in search of relief for a headache, fever or back pain, you should be mindful of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recent update to safety warnings on widely used painkillers. The FDA recently strengthened an existing warning that non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen and naproxen, … Continue reading FDA strengthens heart attack, stroke warning for popular painkillers

WATCH: Millions of Americans Are at Risk for This “Brain Attack”

This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. Millions of Americans are at risk of stroke – sometimes called a “brain attack” – which can lead to permanent disability and even death. There are two types of stroke: Ischemic stroke is by far the more common type of … Continue reading WATCH: Millions of Americans Are at Risk for This “Brain Attack”