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What is Aortic Valve Disease?

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Heart disease isn’t just one thing. There are many different cardiovascular conditions that are categorized as heart disease. For this article, I wanted to focus on one type of heart disease: aortic valve disease. Aortic valve disease is when the aortic valve is malfunctioning in...
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Alternative Medicine for Heart Disease

If you’re thinking about trying alternative medicine to treat your heart disease, speak to your doctor first. Some herbs and dietary supplements can have serious side effects, and a popular treatment called chelation therapy could put your health at risk. Donald Novey, MD, a...
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Heart Disease: Reduce Your Child’s Risk

Heredity is clearly an important risk factor for conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. However, researchers are steadily gathering strong evidence about how diet influence development of diseases. Experts agree that healthy eating habits from an early age can...
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20 Heart Disease Calculators: Assess Risk and Save Lives

According to the CDC, 1 out of every 4 deaths in the United States is due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. [1]  The need for preventative action is urgent, especially since about 49% of Americans have at least one of the top three...
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The Effects of Too Much Sugar

The most common effect of eating too much sugar is weight gain. This is because sugar contains a lot of calories, and if your body doesn’t need those calories it will store them in fat cells that collect throughout the body. However, there are many things that eating too much...
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Some Thoughts about Heart Disease

The term “heart disease” is actually a category term for many different conditions that affect the heart and the circulatory system.  In the United States, Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women and has been for many years. One very common form of...
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75% of Heart Attack’s Occur With “Normal Cholesterol”. Advanced Lipid Testing Finds Risk.

A study published in 2009 analysed admission cholesterol data in just under 137 thousand patients from 541 hospitals from 2000-2006. In that data set only 25% had LDL cholesterol levels over 130. The majority were within the then recommended LDL cholesterol levels based upon...
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Further Follow-Up On The New Anticoagulants

From the HeartWire there was further follow-up of prior data looking at Pradaxa (dabigatran) versus Coumadin (warfarin) in mechanical heart valve patients. It would appear for now at least that the traditional treatment of warfarin is still in the driver’s seat in this...
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What is an Internist?

Speaking to patients as well as personal friends, I have become aware that many people do not understand what an Internal Medicine physician is or does. We are the broadest specialty that diagnoses and manages adult health problems. Surgery is another example of a broad specialty...
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