Tag Archives: Conditions and Diseases

Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease

I am nearly recovered from a mild stroke that my medical reports say was due to peripheral artery disease (PAD). I changed my diet, had physical therapy, and lost weight. I had to stop Lipitor for cholesterol (which is 125) because of nighttime leg cramps. Should I be doing more for my PAD? I have […] ... More
Rid Audible Heartbeat

Rid Audible Heartbeat

Regarding the lady who could hear her heartbeat in her ear upon reclining: I know exactly what she means, and it’s nasty! Lucky for me, I had a chiropractor appointment the second day after I woke up with the condition. The chiropractor adjusted my neck (for me, C3) and I was rid of the condition. […] ... More
Artificial Heart Valves

Artificial Heart Valves

How long are porcine aortic valves expected to last? I’m going to subscribe to the magazine because of your answers. Thank you. I am glad you like my column, and that you plan to subscribe to the Post to read it. Thank you. Porcine heart valves (made from pig hearts) have been used to replace […] ... More
Ablation Helps Flutter, Too

Ablation Helps Flutter, Too

I had ablation of the atrioventricular (AV) node in 2001 that apparently took care of my atrial fibrillation but left me with heart flutter. When I relax in my recliner for a short period of time, I get short of breath and feel very much as I did with atrial fibrillation. When I sit on […] ... More
Statins and Heart Health

Statins and Heart Health

I’ve read people with heart problems should not use statin drugs. I’m diabetic and on my second pacemaker. Our medical insurance is suggesting that I change from Lipitor to the statin drug simvastatin. Please inform me if this should be done. On the contrary, statins are routinely taken by people with heart problems to lower […] ... More

The Unforgettable Natalie Cole

Twenty-five years ago she overcame a drug addiction that put her career on hold and her life in jeopardy. Now she’s back on top, relying on her faith as she battles new threats to her health. In her book, Angel on my Shoulder, Natalie Cole tells the story of her parents’ move to a posh, […] ... More
The Healing Power of Energy

The Healing Power of Energy

Drawing from Eastern and Western therapies, a leading physician explores the role of energy medicine in achieving and maintaining health. I walk past the patient with the mechanical heart to visit his roommate, on whom I performed open-heart surgery earlier in the week. I am surprised to see a woman slowly waving her hands over […] ... More
Get Your ZZZs

Get Your ZZZs

Research data published in The Archives of Internal Medicine suggest that people with elevated blood pressure readings during the nighttime hours who get too little sleep may boost their risk of a cardiovascular emergency. During the study of 1,255 study participants, those with elevated blood pressure readings during the restful hours who averaged shorter sleep […] ... More
Heart Weak But Stable

Heart Weak But Stable

In 2000, a cardiologist said that I needed a heart transplant due to heart failure. My left ventricle ejection fraction was about 20 percent. I resisted this advice since I felt fine, did not display signs of heart failure, and could ride the exercise bike at least 30 minutes a day with no problems. Since […] ... More
FDA Approves Kapidex for Treatment of GERD

FDA Approves Kapidex for Treatment of GERD

The FDA has approved a long-acting proton pump inhibitor (PPI) for once-daily treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, according to an announcement by the drugmaker. Kapidex (generic name: dexlansoprazole) was approved for healing all grades of erosive esophagitis for up to eight weeks, for maintaining healing of erosive esophagitis for up to six months, […] ... More
Therapies for Systolic Hypertension

Therapies for Systolic Hypertension

Dear Dr. SerVaas, I’m diabetic and have systolic hypertension. My systolic pressure runs from 115 to 120 in the morning and 120 to 170 in the evening. I’ve included a list of the medicines I have tried. Is there anything in the pipeline for my condition? Hal Post cardiology consultant Dr. Douglas Zipes replies: “You […] ... More
Convoluted Heart Vessels

Convoluted Heart Vessels

My heart catheterization was normal, other than “very tortuous cardiac vessels.” Are you aware of studies showing the cause or consequence of my cardiac vessel condition? Should my offspring or “grands” be tested, and can it be detected without a cardiac cath? Tortuous coronary arteries are usually a normal variant of no concern. Sometimes they […] ... More
Second Ablations Often Succeed

Second Ablations Often Succeed

In 2001, I suddenly had a short in the electrical system of my heart, and this threw me into A-fib. I have had an ablation with a 67 percent cure, and am taking digoxin, Sotalol, and Cartia XT. Why do they say a second ablation usually has an 80 percent or better cure? I am […] ... More
Hearing Heartbeat in Ears

Hearing Heartbeat in Ears

I hear my heart beating in my right ear like a reader reported in the May/June 2008 issue. An ENT doctor diagnosed my condition as tinnitus due to the closeness of the carotid artery to the ear. Perhaps this could be a consideration for that reader. My question: Would you suggest I see a heart […] ... More
Pacemaker Safety

Pacemaker Safety

Two questions, if you please. I have an Adapta DR pacemaker. May I use an electric adjustable bed with optional head and foot massage? And, will the pulsations of a bath spa harm the pacemaker and a human valve replacement? Thank you kindly. These are excellent questions to also discuss with the doctor who implanted […] ... More
Hallucinations and Heart Surgery

Hallucinations and Heart Surgery

I had coronary bypass surgery late last year and recently have been having visual hallucinations. Can coronary surgery cause this problem? I have not yet consulted my cardiologist about it and would appreciate your opinion. Changes in mentation (mental activity) can occur in a minority of patients after coronary artery bypass surgery. The reason(s) for […] ... More
Live Well this Winter Season

Live Well this Winter Season

Live well this winter season. Schedule some time for activities that nourish your body and your spirit. Post editors suggest arranging fresh flowers for home or office. Or watch the birds, sing and dance, have lunch with a friend, or visit a museum. Drinking a cup of ginger tea soothes and relaxes. Buy ginger tea […] ... More
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