After decades of viewing daily low-dose aspirin as the standard recommendation for preventing cardiovascular disease, it seems the time for change has come. There has been ongoing discussion and study about the value of aspirin for over 30 years in both the treatment and prevention of heart and vascular diseases. For years, doctors prescribed aspirin for … Continue reading Why a healthy lifestyle (not a daily aspirin) is key to preventing heart disease
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
There’s been a lot of hype recently regarding coconut oil — is it healthy or is it unhealthy? With so much conflicting nutrition information, it’s hard to decipher what’s actually true. In recent years, coconut oil has gained popularity as a “healthy fat.” But new guidelines released by the American Heart Association have people questioning … Continue reading Is coconut oil worth the hype?
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?
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 … Continue reading Cardiovascular care services reorganized at Baylor Scott & White Health
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 … Continue reading Avoid These 9 Heartbreakers For a Healthier Heart
It’s late at night, and you’re finally tucked in and ready for a good night’s rest until the snoring begins. It starts off as a slow rumble, but quickly escalates into a full-blown nasal orchestra—hitting the high and low notes with ease. Sound familiar? Some 40 percent of Americans suffer from a form of sleep deprivation or … Continue reading The Devastating Effects of Snoring
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 … Continue reading Are statins safe treatment for high cholesterol?
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 … Continue reading Is your lifestyle, health problems putting you at risk of having a heart attack?