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

Why you should continue seeing your OB/GYN after having children

If you have kids, hopefully you had a friend and ally in your OB/GYN. This is one friendship you want to keep. Many women consider their obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) to be their primary care provider, particularly during the childbearing years. You may wonder how important this relationship is as you move from childbirth to the busy … Continue reading Why you should continue seeing your OB/GYN after having children

4 discoveries that are transforming heart failure care

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

NSAIDs may increase your risk for heart disease, new research suggests

Do you take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain relief or fever management? New research supports the claim that people who routinely take NSAIDs could face a higher risk of having a heart attack. The recent study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that all commonly used NSAIDs — including over-the-counter ibuprofen and naproxen … Continue reading NSAIDs may increase your risk for heart disease, new research suggests

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

Could twice-a-year shots replace daily cholesterol medication?

What if a twice-a-year injectable medication could replace popping a pill every day to help fight high cholesterol? According to new research presented at the November 2016 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, a clinical study suggests that a drug called inclisiran drastically reduces cholesterol by cutting the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) by half … Continue reading Could twice-a-year shots replace daily cholesterol medication?

Heart disease stopped Florence from teaching but led her to her calling

What do you do when a heart disease diagnosis abruptly takes away the job you love and almost swallows your life? Florence Hawkins-Criss made art. Last November, Florence’s painting series, “Listen to Your Heart,” hung in a juried show at Janette Kennedy Gallery in Dallas, Texas. The display was a mixture of self-portraits, colorful heart monitors and … Continue reading Heart disease stopped Florence from teaching but led her to her calling