June 18, 2020
Fox News – A heart condition was identified as the probable cause of death for Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, wife of Kentucky Rep. Andy Barr, according to preliminary autopsy results.
The condition is known as Mitral Valve Prolapse, or floppy valve syndrome, and occurs when the valve between the heart’s upper and lower left chambers doesn’t close properly, according to the National Heart, lung and blood institute.
The condition doesn’t normally cause any life-threatening...
Herbal supplements may not mix with heart medicines |
Feb 26, 2020
Many herbal supplements interact with medications for cardiovascular disease. Some of these interactions can be life-threatening.
Mayo Clinic News Network – Herbal supplements are natural, so they must be safe, right? Not necessarily.
Herbal supplements can have strong effects in the body. Some can interact with prescription medications used to treat heart and circulatory problems, such as high blood pressure and heart failure. Some of these...
Muscle Mass: Can Preserving Muscles Help Prevent Heart Disease as You Age?
Yale School of Medicine – A study published in the January 2020 issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that measures of skeletal muscle mass can provide a valuable predictor of cardiovascular disease risk among people at least 45-years-old without pre-existing heart conditions.
Specifically, preserving muscle mass may contribute to preventing cardiovascular disease.
Below, please find a Q&A regarding the study on...
Women can have heart attacks without chest pain. That leads to dangerous delays.
Feb. 16, 2020 |
By Ersilia M. DeFilippis, MD
The Washington Post – “But, it’s not my heart. It’s not my heart,” my patient repeated to me. “It’s my stomach. Nothing is wrong with my heart.”
A few minutes earlier, I had rushed to the emergency room in response to an alert from my pager.
This pager was reserved for one specific occasion: Someone was concerned that...
Jan 13, 2020
Mayo Clinic News Network – The news about coffee and caffeine can be confusing.
Is it good or bad for your health?
If you have high blood pressure, talk with your health care provider about your caffeine intake.
Caffeine can cause a short but dramatic increase in your blood pressure — even if you don't have high blood pressure.
Some researchers believe that caffeine could block a hormone that helps keep your arteries widened. Others think...
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