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Keep the Beat

Today’s electronic devices for the heart are like “having an emergency room in your chest,” says cardiology consultant Dr. Douglas P. Zipes. Devices such as pacemakers and ICDs deliver electricity via thin wires called leads,... More

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It’s a Balancing Act
It’s a Balancing Act

Dear Dr. Zipes: I have an implanted defibrillator for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. My blood pressure is under control. In November, 2007 I had a stroke. After... More

Exercise is the Best Rx
Exercise is the Best Rx

Dear Dr. Zipes: I have PVCs that are controlled by a beta blocker (Toprol ER). I see the electrophysiologist annually, work out to stay in... More

Heart Arrhythmias
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Dear Dr. Zipes: In a prior response, you explained that caffeine, alcohol, energy drinks, and sometimes swallowing, coughing, or an upset stomach may cause irregular... More

Saving Sight

An affordable diagnostic camera could help save the vision of millions of people with diabetes.... More

Extra Heart Beats (PVCs)
Extra Heart Beats (PVCs)

To Carol in Florida: Premature ventricular complexes (PVCs) are extra heart beats coming early from the bottom chambers of the heart, the ventricles. In people... More

Insulin Pens and Cartridges
Insulin Pens and Cartridges

To B.B., Mosinee, Wisconsin: Colored insulin solutions would be expensive to test and produce. If you are having trouble measuring insulin in a syringe, talk... More

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