As a highly decorated war veteran, Colonel Jim Harding isn’t used to being the one in need of rescue. But when he woke up one day with severe chest pains and trouble breathing, that’s exactly what he needed. Col. Harding had been fighting chest pain for about a year and a half. He had been … Continue reading Decorated war veteran thanks hospital staff for saving his life
You’re likely well aware of the dangers of high cholesterol. Over time, elevated cholesterol — specifically LDL cholesterol, the kind many people refer to as “bad” cholesterol — causes your arteries to harden and narrow. Having high cholesterol can significantly increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. For most adults, less than 200 mg/dl … Continue reading Could low cholesterol actually raise your stroke risk?
Toward the end of my internal medicine training at Baylor Scott & White and just two months before starting my cardiology fellowship training at the University of Oklahoma, my 29-year-old cousin died of cardiomyopathy a week after giving birth. This was not only devastating, but it also made a huge impression on me. It was … Continue reading Why do women wait longer to get help during a heart attack?
Cheryl Sepmoree remembers she didn’t want to go into downtown Dallas to work one Saturday in September 2018. But she had made a commitment, so Cheryl drove into the office. Little did she know that just blocks away, two Dallas firefighter paramedics had an equally strong commitment to their work that day: saving lives. On … Continue reading After heart attack, woman thanks firefighters who saved her life
As a heart surgeon, Baron Hamman, MD, is often the inspirer and encourager for his patients to take better care of their hearts. But something about one patient’s story made him stop and think — was he practicing what he preached? “I saw a little bit of myself in him,” Dr. Hamman said of Dwayne … Continue reading How a patient’s heart attack inspired his heart surgeon to get better
Every day, I get up and make myself a cup of coffee. I used to drink instant, moved on to pods and then ultimately graduated to grinding my own. I drink about 2-3 cups during the day, sometimes more if I’ve been on call the night before. As a cardiologist, I’m asked nearly every week … Continue reading Is coffee good for your heart?
A year ago, I had a heart attack in the middle of the Dallas Marathon relay, right around mile marker nine. One minute, I was running. The next, I was on the ground. My heartbeat stopped for more than two minutes, so for a short period of time, I basically died out on the course. … Continue reading A year after my heart attack during the Dallas Marathon, I finally crossed the finish line
You’ve probably heard the recommendation: If you’ve already had a heart attack, take a low-dose aspirin daily. But is that enough? Beyond its pain-relieving effects, aspirin blocks an enzyme pathway that helps platelets in the blood stick together. This lowers the risk that blood clots will form, which can lead to heart attack. But it … Continue reading How a simple test can help tailor aspirin doses for heart disease
Influenza and heart attack are things we don’t normally associate together, but the two are more connected than you might think. A recent study found that a person’s chances of having a heart attack, or myocardial infarction, increase significantly after a flu diagnosis. In the study, people who had been diagnosed with the flu in … Continue reading How the flu increases your risk of heart attack
It’s common knowledge that running is one of the most efficient forms of exercise. Many people enjoy running, myself included, and it’s proven that aerobic exercise is good for the heart. But is it possible to run too much? I’ve completed 54 marathons during my lifetime, including one in every state. But in 2012, new … Continue reading Why too much running is bad for your heart