Posts Tagged ‘heart disease’

Are Heart Palpitations Dangerous? A Doctor Answers

Monday, June 7th, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

“My heart skipped a beat.” It’s a nice saying. But when it really happens—and happens a lot—it can seem less romantic.

In this week’s feature article, family doctor Eva Briggs talks about heart palpitations, whether they’re dangerous, and when to see a doctor. She also explains what often causes them. They’re not actually skipped beats. They’re just mistimed ones.

Have you ever had heart palpitations? Did anything in particular seem trigger them?

Leigh Ann Otte
is the managing editor of and a freelance writer, editor and blogger.

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What is inflammation?

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Inflammation used to be easy to detect.  There was redness, pain and swelling.  Nowadays it’s not as easy.  It has been implicated as a major culprit in chronic diseases such as heart, cancer and stroke.  Read our newly posted article on why this is so, how to detect and treat it.

Heart disease in women is different–more than you may know.

Friday, February 6th, 2009

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Today is National Wear Red Day, decrees the American Heart Association.  Women are supposed to wear red to remind us women have heart disease, too.  I’m not sure if men are to wear red or not, but I’m not taking any chances.  My running shoes I wear to work have red edges.

So I’m thinking, doesn’t everyone know by now women are at risk for heart attacks and strokes?  There are studies coming out all the time about women’s heart-attack symptoms being different from men’s, women being harder to diagnose in the ER, dying more often than men.

Then I went to the American Heart Association website and discovered new facts I didn’t know.  Conclusion? I will always have new things to learn about women.  It is a lifelong, unachievable quest, but I will not give up.

For instance, in 2003:


JAMA study shows brand name and generic cardiovascular drugs are equivalent, but hedges in conclusion

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Some drugs have a narrow therapeutic index.  You need just the right amount in your system.  Too little and it doesn’t work; too much and you can have toxic effects.  Doctors worry about these and many hedge on the side of caution by using the more expensive but trustworthy brand-name medicine.  But are they really more reliable than the cheaper generic alternative?

The latest JAMA takes on this question by trying to make sense of all past studies that have looked at cardiovascular brand and generic therapeutic levels in patients.


Your Weight Isn’t Everything: A dietitian’s opinion on that heart-disease study

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

by Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D., C.D.E.

If you are among the fortunate one-third of the population who is at a “healthy weight”, does it also mean that you are fit and healthy? Likewise if you are overweight, does it mean that you are not fit or healthy? Researchers recently studied these questions and reported their finding in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

They analyzed data of 5440 US adults, and found that approximately 29 percent of the obese men and 35 percent of obese women had no metabolic risk factors for heart disease. About 30 percent normal-weight men and 21 percent normal-weight women showed at least two metabolic abnormalities. The researchers looked at blood pressure, triglycerides, blood glucose level, HDL (good) cholesterol and indicators of insulin resistance and inflammation.

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