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Dr. Jeffrey M. Schussler, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Dr. Schussler is a general and interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas and Baylor University Medical Center. His interests include preventative cardiology, coronary stents, trans-radial (through the wrist) coronary intervention. More recently, his research has focused on non-invasive coronary imaging using CT scans, as well as robotic-assisted angioplasty. He is active on Twitter @Updock typically posting on new technologies and techniques in cardiology.

Autoimmune diseases can be a strong predictor of heart disease

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,” …

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Broken Heart Syndrome: Can you die from a broken heart?

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 …

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