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Red Cabbage Microgreens May Reduce Cardiovascular Risk

  These data suggest that microgreens can modulate weight gain and cholesterol metabolism and may protect against cardiovascular disease by preventing hypercholesterolemia.   Medical News Today –December 30, 2016– Red cabbage microgreens could reduce risk of cardiovascular disease  Many of us were told to “eat our greens” as children. Now, new research suggests that we should eat our microgreens, after finding that the red cabbage variety of the tiny vegetable may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers found that… … Keep Reading

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Alcohol Consumption and the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

In a meta-analysis of all studies, we observed a linear dose-response relationship between alcohol consumption and AF risk, with an overall 8% (6% to 10%) increase in AF risk per 1 drink/day increment in alcohol consumption.   DrJohnm.org July 16, 2014 Life overflows with choices And consequences. You can choose to smoke and then not be surprised to die a difficult death from cancer. You can choose to eat more calories than you burn and then buy bigger belts. You… … Keep Reading

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Red Wine and the Heart

  All of the research showing that people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol have lower rates of heart disease is observational. Such studies can’t prove cause and effect, only associations.   Harvard Health Blog Julie Corliss February 19, 2018 Is red wine good actually for your heart? Have you ever topped off your glass of cabernet or pinot noir while saying, “Hey, it’s good for my heart, right?” This widely held impression dates back to a catchphrase coined in… … Keep Reading

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Yogurt Can Reduce Cardiovascular Risk

  Higher intakes of yogurt were associated with a 30 percent reduction in risk of myocardial infarction. Science Daily –February 15, 2018– Eating yogurt may reduce cardiovascular disease risk A new study in the American Journal of Hypertension, published by Oxford University Press, suggests that higher yogurt intake is associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive men and women. High blood pressure is a major cardiovascular disease risk factor. Clinical trials have previously demonstrated beneficial effects of dairy consumption… … Keep Reading

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Should I take Aspirin and Xarelto at the Same Time?

  Dr. Parker’s Commentary As someone on essentially life-long Xarelto, it seemed important to know if I also should continue taking aspirin.  None of the physicians I saw brought up the issue.   (“Don’t assume that what you have been told is all you need to know.”) There are different opinions on  whether one should discontinue aspirin while on an anti-coagulant, although Australia National Heart Foundation recommends discontinuation of aspirin and other NSAIDS. As usual, the recommendation is to read and… … Keep Reading

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The Dangers of Stopping Daily Aspirin

In long-term users, discontinuation of low-dose aspirin in the absence of major surgery or bleeding was associated with a >30% increased risk of cardiovascular events.   -American Heart Association –September 27, 2017– The Risks of Stopping Low Dose Aspirin For heart attack survivors and people at high risk for one, a low-dose aspirin is part of the daily routine to prevent a heart attack or stroke. But for those who don’t stick to that routine, the rate of heart attacks, strokes… … Keep Reading

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Atrial Fibrillation, Stroke and Colder Temperatures

Compared to summer, the risk of ischaemic stroke increased by 10% in spring and 19% in winter. European Society of Cardiology August 30, 2015 Cold weather linked to increased stroke risk in atrial fibrillation patients “Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and it increases the risk of ischaemic stroke by four- to five-fold,” said Dr Chao. “During AF, the electrical activity of the left atrium is disordered and the contraction is ineffective which results in stasis… … Keep Reading

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Music and the Heart

The Chinese character for medicine includes the character for music. Harvard Heart Letter November, 2009 Using music to tune the heart Music therapy, or just listening to music, can be good for the heart. Music can make you laugh or cry, rile you up or calm you down. Some say it’s good for the soul. It just might be good for the heart, too. Make no mistake — daily doses of Mozart won’t clean out your arteries or fix a… … Keep Reading

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The Effect of Mozart and ABBA on the Heart

  Music by Mozart and Strauss lowered the subjects’ blood pressure and heart rate, while music by ABBA did not. Deutsches Ärzteblatt International May, 2016 The Cardiovascular Effect of Musical Genres Introduction It has been known for centuries that music has an effect on human beings . In antiquity, music was used to improve performance in athletes during the Olympic Games, and narrative anecdotes also contain indications of its effects. Studies have investigated the influence of music in the setting… … Keep Reading

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Increase in Average Heart Rate Increases Cardiovascular Risk

For each 5-beat-per minute increase in heart rate from the preceding office visit, the risk increased 12% for all-cause mortality, 13% for incident heart failure, 9% for MI, and 6% for stroke.   Medscape -Patrice Wendling- –January 30, 2018 Even Small Heart Rate Increases Confer Added Risk Relatively small changes in heart rate over time, even within the normal range, are associated with a higher risk for adverse CV and non-CV outcomes in the general population, a new study shows.… … Keep Reading

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Avocados Reduce LDL Cholesterol

  Inclusion of one avocado per day as part of a moderate‐fat, cholesterol‐lowering diet has additional LDL‐C, LDL‐P, and non‐HDL‐C lowering effects, especially for small, dense LDL.   -Harvard Heart Letter –March, 2015 An avocado a day may keep cholesterol at bay Adding an avocado a day to a healthy diet may lower harmful LDL cholesterol levels, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Forty-five overweight or obese volunteers followed three different cholesterol-lowering diets, each… … Keep Reading

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The Best Cooking Oils for Heart Health

She said the bulk of the evidence favors polyunsaturated fats — found in fish, walnuts, and flaxseeds, as well as sunflower, safflower, soybean and corn oils — rather than monounsaturated fats, found in other types of nuts and seeds, avocados, and olive, canola and peanut oils. Live Science -Cari Nierenberg– -July 21, 2017- The Science of Cooking Oils: Which Are Really the Healthiest?   These days, the shelf of the cooking-oil section of the supermarket is a crowded spot. This… … Keep Reading

MEDICATIONS

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Should I take Aspirin and Xarelto at the Same Time?

  Dr. Parker’s Commentary As someone on essentially life-long Xarelto, it seemed important to know if I also should continue taking aspirin.  None of the physicians I saw brought up the issue.   (“Don’t assume that what you have been told is all you need to know.”) There are different opinions on  whether one should discontinue aspirin while on an anti-coagulant, although Australia National Heart Foundation recommends discontinuation of aspirin and other NSAIDS. As usual, the recommendation is to read and… … Keep Reading

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The Dangers of Stopping Daily Aspirin

In long-term users, discontinuation of low-dose aspirin in the absence of major surgery or bleeding was associated with a >30% increased risk of cardiovascular events.   -American Heart Association –September 27, 2017– The Risks of Stopping Low Dose Aspirin For heart attack survivors and people at high risk for one, a low-dose aspirin is part of the daily routine to prevent a heart attack or stroke. But for those who don’t stick to that routine, the rate of heart attacks, strokes… … Keep Reading

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What Should I Know After a Heart Attack

Do not assume that what you’ve been told is all you need to know.   Society for Participatory Medicine David Lee Scher, M.D   Five Things to Know After Your Heart Attack These five points are important because they address the seriousness of a heart attack. Feeling better after a heart attack is an experience all are grateful for. However, the journey as a cardiac patient is just beginning and knowledge is a powerful tool to have. An engaged and… … Keep Reading

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Should You Take a Statin if You are over 75?

  Shared  physician and patient decision-making should occur irrespective of age when a statin is prescribed. The Skeptical Cardiologist –January 27, 2018– Should You Take a Statin if You Are over 75?: The Value of Derisking in the Elderly  The New York Times published an article earlier this month with the provocative title “You’re Over 75, and You’re Healthy. Why Are You Taking a Statin?” It’s actually a balanced presentation of this difficult question (although it includes the seemingly obligatory anecdote of… … Keep Reading

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Heart Meds: Risks versus Benefits

www.Medshadow.org –Debra Witt –June 15, 2016– The Top 8 Heart Meds: Risks Vs. Benefits If your doc prescribes a heart medication that makes you feel worse, call your doctor, but don’t stop taking it – yet. Here’s what you need to know. Prescription heart medications are so common — millions of Americans currently take at least 1 to treat everything from high blood pressure and high cholesterol to heart failure and stroke — that it’s easy for doctors and patients… … Keep Reading

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Recommended Website: MedShadow

  We encourage our readers to avoid blind acceptance of prescription drugs and become an engaged advocate in their own health and well-being. Remember: Your health is in your hands.   www.medshadow.org   About MedShadow Foundation Prescription drugs are a part of everyday life for millions of Americans who spent in excess of $329 billion on these medicines in 2013, an increase of 3.2% over the previous year. The pharmaceutical industry spent $3.8 billion in marketing these medications to doctors… … Keep Reading

HEART ATTACK INFO

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Yogurt Can Reduce Cardiovascular Risk

  Higher intakes of yogurt were associated with a 30 percent reduction in risk of myocardial infarction. Science Daily –February 15, 2018– Eating yogurt may reduce cardiovascular disease risk A new study in the American Journal of Hypertension, published by Oxford University Press, suggests that higher yogurt intake is associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive men and women. High blood pressure is a major cardiovascular disease risk factor. Clinical trials have previously demonstrated beneficial effects of dairy consumption… … Keep Reading

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Increase in Average Heart Rate Increases Cardiovascular Risk

For each 5-beat-per minute increase in heart rate from the preceding office visit, the risk increased 12% for all-cause mortality, 13% for incident heart failure, 9% for MI, and 6% for stroke.   Medscape -Patrice Wendling- –January 30, 2018 Even Small Heart Rate Increases Confer Added Risk Relatively small changes in heart rate over time, even within the normal range, are associated with a higher risk for adverse CV and non-CV outcomes in the general population, a new study shows.… … Keep Reading

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What Should I Know After a Heart Attack

Do not assume that what you’ve been told is all you need to know.   Society for Participatory Medicine David Lee Scher, M.D   Five Things to Know After Your Heart Attack These five points are important because they address the seriousness of a heart attack. Feeling better after a heart attack is an experience all are grateful for. However, the journey as a cardiac patient is just beginning and knowledge is a powerful tool to have. An engaged and… … Keep Reading

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Heart Healthy Habits of Physicians

  Reader’s Digest Charlotte Hilton Andersen   45 Things Doctors Do to Protect Their Own Hearts Doctor Parker’s Commentary As I was researching “heart healthy habits,” I came across this article from Reader’s Digest.  To my surprise, I found it quite interesting — perhaps both because it was fairly simple and straightforward, and because it was along the lines of “Physician Heal Thyself.” Note that in the extroverted culture of America, the main focus for heart health issues is external. … … Keep Reading

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Should You Take a Statin if You are over 75?

  Shared  physician and patient decision-making should occur irrespective of age when a statin is prescribed. The Skeptical Cardiologist –January 27, 2018– Should You Take a Statin if You Are over 75?: The Value of Derisking in the Elderly  The New York Times published an article earlier this month with the provocative title “You’re Over 75, and You’re Healthy. Why Are You Taking a Statin?” It’s actually a balanced presentation of this difficult question (although it includes the seemingly obligatory anecdote of… … Keep Reading

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Genes, Coffee and Increased Heart Attack Risk

  For carriers of the slow *1F allele, those who drank 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day had a 36 percent increased odds of heart attack; those who drank 4 or more cups per day had a 64 percent increased odds of heart attack.   Science Daily –March 6, 2008– Coffee Consumption Linked To Increased Heart Attack Risk For Persons With Certain Gene Variation IndIividuals who have a genetic variation associated with slower caffeine metabolism appear to have… … Keep Reading

Nutrition

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Red Cabbage Microgreens May Reduce Cardiovascular Risk

  These data suggest that microgreens can modulate weight gain and cholesterol metabolism and may protect against cardiovascular disease by preventing hypercholesterolemia.   Medical News Today –December 30, 2016– Red cabbage microgreens could reduce risk of cardiovascular disease  Many of us were told to “eat our greens” as children. Now, new research suggests that we should eat our microgreens, after finding that the red cabbage variety of the tiny vegetable may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers found that… … Keep Reading

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Alcohol Consumption and the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

In a meta-analysis of all studies, we observed a linear dose-response relationship between alcohol consumption and AF risk, with an overall 8% (6% to 10%) increase in AF risk per 1 drink/day increment in alcohol consumption.   DrJohnm.org July 16, 2014 Life overflows with choices And consequences. You can choose to smoke and then not be surprised to die a difficult death from cancer. You can choose to eat more calories than you burn and then buy bigger belts. You… … Keep Reading

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Avocados Reduce LDL Cholesterol

  Inclusion of one avocado per day as part of a moderate‐fat, cholesterol‐lowering diet has additional LDL‐C, LDL‐P, and non‐HDL‐C lowering effects, especially for small, dense LDL.   -Harvard Heart Letter –March, 2015 An avocado a day may keep cholesterol at bay Adding an avocado a day to a healthy diet may lower harmful LDL cholesterol levels, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Forty-five overweight or obese volunteers followed three different cholesterol-lowering diets, each… … Keep Reading

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The Best Cooking Oils for Heart Health

She said the bulk of the evidence favors polyunsaturated fats — found in fish, walnuts, and flaxseeds, as well as sunflower, safflower, soybean and corn oils — rather than monounsaturated fats, found in other types of nuts and seeds, avocados, and olive, canola and peanut oils. Live Science -Cari Nierenberg– -July 21, 2017- The Science of Cooking Oils: Which Are Really the Healthiest?   These days, the shelf of the cooking-oil section of the supermarket is a crowded spot. This… … Keep Reading

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Substantially Reduces Cardiac Mortality

Higher baseline total olive oil consumption was associated with 48% reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality.   BMC Medicine 13 May 2014 Olive Oil Intake and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality It is unknown whether individuals at high cardiovascular risk sustain a benefit in cardiovascular disease from increased olive oil consumption. The aim was to assess the association between total olive oil intake, its varieties (extra virgin and common olive oil) and the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality in a Mediterranean… … Keep Reading

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Caffeine and Exercise Performance

  Caffeine is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, and blood levels peak after 90-100 minutes. Caffeine levels remain high for 3–4 hours.   Healthline How Caffeine Improves Exercise Performance Caffeine is a powerful substance that can improve physical and mental performance. A single dose can significantly improve exercise performance, focus and fat burning (1, 2, 3, 4). The US Special Forces even use it to enhance performance and awareness. Caffeine is found in many foods and beverages, and over 90%… … Keep Reading

Body and Mind

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Does Loud Noise Increase Heart Disease?

  Chronic exposure to anything over 60 decibels (the level of a typical conversation in an office) has the potential to do harm to the cardiovascular system   Time –February 6, 2018 –Amanda MacMillan– How Loud Noise Exposure Is Linked to Heart Disease If you live near an airport, railroad tracks or a busy road, you might be concerned about how fumes from those planes, trains and automobiles are affecting your health. But according to a new review in the… … Keep Reading

Depression Reduced by Art Therapy

    After ten treatments the patients who suffered from severe or moderately severe depression had shown more improvement than the patients in the control group.   Clear effect of art therapy on severe depression October 5, 2017 Create a picture of how you are feeling on this particular day, said the first exercise in the art therapy. After ten treatments the patients who suffered from severe or moderately severe depression had shown more improvement than the patients in the… … Keep Reading

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The Distressed Personality and Heart Disease

People with type D personalities seem to have more highly activated immune systems and more inflammation, which could mean more damage to blood vessels in the heart and throughout the body   Harvard Health Publishing March, 2014 Type “D” for distressed A newly coined personality type could signal a higher risk for heart disease. Do you sweat the small stuff, see the glass as half empty, have trouble making friends, and keep your feelings bottled up inside? That combination could… … Keep Reading

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Anxiety and Depression with an ICD

  Based on existing data, it may be appropriate to assume a 20% prevalence rate for both depressive and anxiety disorders post-ICD implant, a rate similar to that in other cardiac populations. The prevalence of anxiety and depression in adults with implantable cardioverter defibrillators: a systematic review.   Abstract OBJECTIVE: The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is used to treat life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias and in the prevention of sudden cardiac death. A significant proportion of ICD patients experience psychological symptoms including… … Keep Reading

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Cortisol Levels Link Stress to Cardiac Risk

An elevated cortisol response to mental stress was linked to higher cardiac troponin T levels, suggesting that cortisol over-reactivity might explain why some people are more likely to develop heart disease.   MedPage Today June 27, 2013 Paul Cerrato, Action Points This study evaluated the relationship between salivary cortisol response and cardiac troponin T plasma concentration in healthy older adults undergoing standardized mental stress tests. There was a significant association between heightened cortisol response to mental stress and detectable plasma… … Keep Reading

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Heart Attacks Can Cause PTSD

Harvard Health Blog June 25, 2012 Holly Strawbridge Heart attack can trigger PTSD A heart attack is a life-changing event. For some people, surviving a heart attack brings renewed appreciation for life. For others, the event is so traumatic that worrying about having a second heart attack consumes their lives. By the latest account, 1 in 8 heart-attack survivors experiences a reaction that might be called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although PTSD is usually associated with extreme trauma such as… … Keep Reading

Lifestyle

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Music and the Heart

The Chinese character for medicine includes the character for music. Harvard Heart Letter November, 2009 Using music to tune the heart Music therapy, or just listening to music, can be good for the heart. Music can make you laugh or cry, rile you up or calm you down. Some say it’s good for the soul. It just might be good for the heart, too. Make no mistake — daily doses of Mozart won’t clean out your arteries or fix a… … Keep Reading

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The Effect of Mozart and ABBA on the Heart

  Music by Mozart and Strauss lowered the subjects’ blood pressure and heart rate, while music by ABBA did not. Deutsches Ärzteblatt International May, 2016 The Cardiovascular Effect of Musical Genres Introduction It has been known for centuries that music has an effect on human beings . In antiquity, music was used to improve performance in athletes during the Olympic Games, and narrative anecdotes also contain indications of its effects. Studies have investigated the influence of music in the setting… … Keep Reading

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Heart Healthy Habits of Physicians

  Reader’s Digest Charlotte Hilton Andersen   45 Things Doctors Do to Protect Their Own Hearts Doctor Parker’s Commentary As I was researching “heart healthy habits,” I came across this article from Reader’s Digest.  To my surprise, I found it quite interesting — perhaps both because it was fairly simple and straightforward, and because it was along the lines of “Physician Heal Thyself.” Note that in the extroverted culture of America, the main focus for heart health issues is external. … … Keep Reading

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Doing It Right: Arts Program at the University of Washington Medical Center

 Viewing and creating art, as well as listening to music, play an important role in mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.     University of Washington Welcome to the Arts Program at University of Washington Medical Center Art is everywhere in our world and art is essential. Viewing and creating art, as well as listening to music, play an important role in mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. A growing body of evidence indicates that the presence of artwork, artists… … Keep Reading

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Can Art Be Medicine? — A Short Film —

From the Foundation for Art and Healing Can Art be Medicine? Whether through expressive writing, music, movement or visual media, all the arts are able to change people’s perspectives, moods, relationships and overall health. As we study the science of creative expression as a path to healing, and put it into action through our initiatives, we also work toward broadening awareness of the power of art to discover, explore and share what is most important to us as individuals and… … Keep Reading

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The Physician as Artist: Paul Kolker, M.D.

Dr. Kolker relates, from personal experience and through observing patients, how introducing any form of creative expression—visual arts, music, literature—enhances convalescence. Simply put, patients feel better faster. Dr. Kolker, The Physician as Artist, The Artist as Physician In this video, Paul Kolker, M.D., J.D., an accomplished cardiovascular surgeon, attorney, and noted visual artist, shares a wide array of experiences that spotlight the impact the arts have had on his medical training and career, his interactions with his cardiac patients, and… … Keep Reading

HEART DISEASE

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Red Wine and the Heart

  All of the research showing that people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol have lower rates of heart disease is observational. Such studies can’t prove cause and effect, only associations.   Harvard Health Blog Julie Corliss February 19, 2018 Is red wine good actually for your heart? Have you ever topped off your glass of cabernet or pinot noir while saying, “Hey, it’s good for my heart, right?” This widely held impression dates back to a catchphrase coined in… … Keep Reading

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Yogurt Can Reduce Cardiovascular Risk

  Higher intakes of yogurt were associated with a 30 percent reduction in risk of myocardial infarction. Science Daily –February 15, 2018– Eating yogurt may reduce cardiovascular disease risk A new study in the American Journal of Hypertension, published by Oxford University Press, suggests that higher yogurt intake is associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive men and women. High blood pressure is a major cardiovascular disease risk factor. Clinical trials have previously demonstrated beneficial effects of dairy consumption… … Keep Reading

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The Dangers of Stopping Daily Aspirin

In long-term users, discontinuation of low-dose aspirin in the absence of major surgery or bleeding was associated with a >30% increased risk of cardiovascular events.   -American Heart Association –September 27, 2017– The Risks of Stopping Low Dose Aspirin For heart attack survivors and people at high risk for one, a low-dose aspirin is part of the daily routine to prevent a heart attack or stroke. But for those who don’t stick to that routine, the rate of heart attacks, strokes… … Keep Reading

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Music and the Heart

The Chinese character for medicine includes the character for music. Harvard Heart Letter November, 2009 Using music to tune the heart Music therapy, or just listening to music, can be good for the heart. Music can make you laugh or cry, rile you up or calm you down. Some say it’s good for the soul. It just might be good for the heart, too. Make no mistake — daily doses of Mozart won’t clean out your arteries or fix a… … Keep Reading

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Heart Healthy Habits of Physicians

  Reader’s Digest Charlotte Hilton Andersen   45 Things Doctors Do to Protect Their Own Hearts Doctor Parker’s Commentary As I was researching “heart healthy habits,” I came across this article from Reader’s Digest.  To my surprise, I found it quite interesting — perhaps both because it was fairly simple and straightforward, and because it was along the lines of “Physician Heal Thyself.” Note that in the extroverted culture of America, the main focus for heart health issues is external. … … Keep Reading

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Does Loud Noise Increase Heart Disease?

  Chronic exposure to anything over 60 decibels (the level of a typical conversation in an office) has the potential to do harm to the cardiovascular system   Time –February 6, 2018 –Amanda MacMillan– How Loud Noise Exposure Is Linked to Heart Disease If you live near an airport, railroad tracks or a busy road, you might be concerned about how fumes from those planes, trains and automobiles are affecting your health. But according to a new review in the… … Keep Reading

AFIB

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Alcohol Consumption and the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

In a meta-analysis of all studies, we observed a linear dose-response relationship between alcohol consumption and AF risk, with an overall 8% (6% to 10%) increase in AF risk per 1 drink/day increment in alcohol consumption.   DrJohnm.org July 16, 2014 Life overflows with choices And consequences. You can choose to smoke and then not be surprised to die a difficult death from cancer. You can choose to eat more calories than you burn and then buy bigger belts. You… … Keep Reading

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Atrial Fibrillation, Stroke and Colder Temperatures

Compared to summer, the risk of ischaemic stroke increased by 10% in spring and 19% in winter. European Society of Cardiology August 30, 2015 Cold weather linked to increased stroke risk in atrial fibrillation patients “Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and it increases the risk of ischaemic stroke by four- to five-fold,” said Dr Chao. “During AF, the electrical activity of the left atrium is disordered and the contraction is ineffective which results in stasis… … Keep Reading

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Atrial Flutter Compared to Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial flutter therapy should be individualized. There’s no cookbook or protocol. Treating atrial arrhythmia requires nuance and a robust patient-doctor relationship.   Dr. John M.Org August 5, 2013 Atrial Flutter — 15 facts you may want to know. I  get a lot of questions about atrial flutter. Atrial flutter is a common arrhythmia that shares many similarities to its next of kin, AFib; but there are important differences. Let’s go over 15 basic facts and important points about atrial flutter.… … Keep Reading

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How Successful is Cardioversion?

  Initial success of electrical cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation was 65.7%. At one year, 47% remained in Normal Sinus Rhythm.   –International Archives of Medicine –December 12, 2009– Short-term and long-term success of electrical cardioversion in atrial fibrillation in managed care system Introduction Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common dysrhythmia encountered in clinical practice, accounting for approximately one third of hospitalizations for cardiac rhythm disturbance. Electrical cardioversion (ECV) is used to restore sinus rhythm (SR), both to alleviate associated… … Keep Reading

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Understanding Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation

  The proportion of patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) who will ultimately develop permanent AF increases with time and underlying heart disease.    Paroxysmal AF carries the same rate of risk of cardioembolic stroke as permanent or sustained AF.)   MedPage Today Sanjai Sinha, MD 04/30/2012 Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation: Diagnosis, Progression, and Stroke Risk Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia, affecting more than 4% of the population over the age of 60. AF can be divided into… … Keep Reading

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How Many Times Can You Have a Cardioversion?

The Skeptical CardiologistApril 9, 2016 Atrial Fibrillation: How Many Times Can You Shock the Heart The most effective method for getting a heart that is in atrial fibrillation back to normal rhythm is a called an electrical cardioversion. I’ve tried to come up with a good alternative or descriptive term for this procedure for my patients, such as “resetting” or “rebooting” the heart, but the term that seems to best resonate with patients is “shocking” the heart. How Does Electrical  Cardioversion… … Keep Reading

Pacemakers and ICDs

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How Important Are Short AFib Episodes? (SCAF)

Paul Dorian, a Canadian cardiologist,  “Warned about relentless seeking of information when we do not know how to deal with the data the screening tests provide, especially since there is likely harm from a diagnosis of SCAF (anxiety, possible therapy adverse effects, insurability, a label of illness, cost, etc.) Drjohnm.org May 25, 2017 How important are short AF episodes? A study presented at the recent Heart Rhythm meeting in Chicago has added more uncertainty about the significance of short-duration AF episodes. Before… … Keep Reading

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Anxiety and Depression with an ICD

  Based on existing data, it may be appropriate to assume a 20% prevalence rate for both depressive and anxiety disorders post-ICD implant, a rate similar to that in other cardiac populations. The prevalence of anxiety and depression in adults with implantable cardioverter defibrillators: a systematic review.   Abstract OBJECTIVE: The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is used to treat life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias and in the prevention of sudden cardiac death. A significant proportion of ICD patients experience psychological symptoms including… … Keep Reading

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Devices that May Interfere with Pacemakers

  From the American Heart Assocation Anti-theft systems (also called electronic article surveillance or EAS): Interactions with EAS systems are unlikely to cause clinically significant symptoms in most patients. However, the American Heart Association recommends that you: Be aware that EAS systems may be hidden or camouflaged in entrances and exits in many businesses. Don’t stay near the EAS system longer than is necessary. Don’t lean on or stand close to an anti-theaft system. Metal detectors for security: Interactions with… … Keep Reading

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Traveling with a Pacemaker

The Advanced Imaging Technology full body scanner will not harm your pacemaker system or change the settings. from Boston Scientific Traveling with a Pacemaker It’s important to know that you can travel safely with a pacemaker device as long as you know how to prepare and talk to your doctor about any special precautions to take. Learn more about going through airport security, finding a doctor while traveling and other tips for having a successful trip with a pacemaker. Important… … Keep Reading

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Are MRI Scans Safe If You Have a Pacemaker or Implanted Device?

Most heart valves and coronary artery stents currently on the market and implanted in patients can go safely through an MRI scanner from Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials February 8, 2017 What to know about cardiac implants and imaging tests If you have an implanted device such as a pacemaker, heart valve, stent or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), you know it can set off the metal detector at the airport. Your device, which contains metal, is interacting with a detector that… … Keep Reading

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FDA Approves First Wire-Free Pacemaker

From US News and World Report –April 7, 2107 –Robert Preidt The first leadless, wire-free heart pacemaker has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Medtronic’s Micra Transcatheter Pacing System works like other pacemakers to regulate heart rate in people with heart rhythm disorders, but does not use wired leads to make the electrical connection between the device and the heart. One expert believes the device’s approval is a big win for heart patients. “The leadless pacemaker is… … Keep Reading

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Music and the Heart

The Chinese character for medicine includes the character for music. Harvard Heart Letter November, 2009 Using music to tune the heart Music therapy, or just listening to music, can be good for the heart. Music can make you laugh or cry, rile you up or calm you down. Some say it’s good for the soul. It just might be good for the heart, too. Make no mistake — daily doses of Mozart won’t clean out your arteries or fix a… … Keep Reading

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The Effect of Mozart and ABBA on the Heart

  Music by Mozart and Strauss lowered the subjects’ blood pressure and heart rate, while music by ABBA did not. Deutsches Ärzteblatt International May, 2016 The Cardiovascular Effect of Musical Genres Introduction It has been known for centuries that music has an effect on human beings . In antiquity, music was used to improve performance in athletes during the Olympic Games, and narrative anecdotes also contain indications of its effects. Studies have investigated the influence of music in the setting… … Keep Reading

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Heart Healthy Habits of Physicians

  Reader’s Digest Charlotte Hilton Andersen   45 Things Doctors Do to Protect Their Own Hearts Doctor Parker’s Commentary As I was researching “heart healthy habits,” I came across this article from Reader’s Digest.  To my surprise, I found it quite interesting — perhaps both because it was fairly simple and straightforward, and because it was along the lines of “Physician Heal Thyself.” Note that in the extroverted culture of America, the main focus for heart health issues is external. … … Keep Reading

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Doing It Right: Arts Program at the University of Washington Medical Center

 Viewing and creating art, as well as listening to music, play an important role in mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.     University of Washington Welcome to the Arts Program at University of Washington Medical Center Art is everywhere in our world and art is essential. Viewing and creating art, as well as listening to music, play an important role in mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. A growing body of evidence indicates that the presence of artwork, artists… … Keep Reading

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Can Art Be Medicine? — A Short Film —

From the Foundation for Art and Healing Can Art be Medicine? Whether through expressive writing, music, movement or visual media, all the arts are able to change people’s perspectives, moods, relationships and overall health. As we study the science of creative expression as a path to healing, and put it into action through our initiatives, we also work toward broadening awareness of the power of art to discover, explore and share what is most important to us as individuals and… … Keep Reading

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The Physician as Artist: Paul Kolker, M.D.

Dr. Kolker relates, from personal experience and through observing patients, how introducing any form of creative expression—visual arts, music, literature—enhances convalescence. Simply put, patients feel better faster. Dr. Kolker, The Physician as Artist, The Artist as Physician In this video, Paul Kolker, M.D., J.D., an accomplished cardiovascular surgeon, attorney, and noted visual artist, shares a wide array of experiences that spotlight the impact the arts have had on his medical training and career, his interactions with his cardiac patients, and… … Keep Reading

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