A year after my heart attack during the Dallas Marathon, I finally crossed the finish line

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

How a simple test can help tailor aspirin doses for heart disease

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

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

After surgery repaired a hole in his heart, my father got a second chance

This is a story about my father, Jesus Miramontes. Jesus Miramontes was born and raised in old Mexico, Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua. He was one of nine children. With limited means, his family went without more times than one, and at a very young age, he learned how to work to survive. He told me he once … Continue reading After surgery repaired a hole in his heart, my father got a second chance

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 Proton 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?