Americans love salty foods. The average American consumes 3400 mg of sodium per day. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommends that Americans should target under 2300 mg of sodium daily, and the American Heart Association recommends a target of under 1500 mg sodium daily for healthy Americans. While there is ongoing discussion on the … Continue reading Shaking America’s unhealthy salt habits
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?
Happy National Coffee Day, everyone. In all likelihood, this day won’t change the drinking habits for most people as coffee is the official starter fluid of the morning impaired. That being said, today gives us an opportunity to inform you of some of the health benefits (and risks) of the blessed, bitter bean. Beyond simply … Continue reading On National Coffee Day, remember both the benefits and risks of our favorite bitter bean
Dialysis and kidney transplantation are treatments for severe kidney failure. When kidneys are no longer working effectively, waste products and fluid build up in the blood. When they fail – often because of diabetes, high blood pressure or hereditary conditions – the damage can spread to other parts of the body. There is a shortage … Continue reading Dialysis or transplant? During kidney failure, know your options
It’s no secret a well-balanced diet has many health benefits. Information about the latest and greatest foods to eat is everywhere, from magazine covers to televisions shows to internet pop-up ads. But where do you begin? One approach is to look at information that’s been around for some time and has scientific backing from credible … Continue reading The scoop on salt: You’re probably eating too much
We hear a lot about heart attacks—from how to reduce your risk to recognizing the signs and symptoms. But that’s not the only thing that could be putting your heart in the line of fire. We’ll explain four other heart hazards to watch for and offer tips to help you avoid them. 1. Cardiomyopathy What … Continue reading Protecting yourself from 4 cardiac conditions
Weight loss surgery isn’t just for looks. It can treat a whole host of medical conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure. If you are overweight — 80 pounds or more for women, 100 pounds or more for men, you may qualify for weight loss surgery. You may also be a candidate if you struggle … Continue reading Everything to gain with weight loss surgery
A recent study titled “The Obesity Paradox in Men Versus Women With Systolic Heart Failure” published in the American Journal of Cardiology had some very interesting results. The authors from UCLA looked at patients over a couple of decades that were treated with significant advanced congestive heart failure and calculated their body mass index or … Continue reading Could Obesity Protect You From Congestive Heart Failure?
A study published in September 2011 found that there had been a significant increase in strokes among women who were pregnant and in the immediate post-pregnancy period. Overall rates of stroke have jumped 54 percent from 1994-2007 according to the study published in Stroke by the American Heart Association. Stroke rates saw their highest increase by 83 percent in women … Continue reading Do Pregnant Women Have an Increased Risk of Stroke?
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?