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High BP in A.M.

High BP in A.M.

My blood pressure is high in the morning. What causes this? When you are at rest in a warm bed, arteries dilate and blood pressure tends to be low. When you stand up, your body elevates blood pressure to be sure your brain is perfused so you don’t black out. Getting out of bed in […]  More
Two Views on Calcium Deposits in Heart

Two Views on Calcium Deposits in Heart

I have a leaky mitral valve and calcium deposits in my heart. One surgeon said: “We leave calcium deposits alone.” Another one said: “We always remove them.” Both doctors are world-class. Why would they have different opinions? Both of your doctors could be right. It depends on where the calcium is, how much is there, […]  More
Burning Pain in Arms

Burning Pain in Arms

Q: I used to have terrific burning pain in my arms when walking. Since having stents and open-heart surgery, the arm pain continues, but is less severe. What causes it? I’m scheduled for another stress test. A: Skeletal muscles in your arms and legs need oxygen and can produce pain if they do not get […]  More
Atrial Fibrillation Stops on Its Own

Atrial Fibrillation Stops on Its Own

Q: After having atrial fibrillation (AF) for nine years, I woke up one morning and my heartbeat was normal. An EKG showed no problem, not even a skip. Does this happen very often? To me, it was a miracle. A: What you describe is not common, though it unquestionably happens. Unfortunately, atrial fibrillation generally recurs […]  More
Acid Versus Alkaline

Acid Versus Alkaline

Q: I look forward to reading your articles. Recently, I read that it is better for the heart and other organs to have an alkaline, rather than an acid system. How does one achieve an alkaline system? A: I am not aware of the information you cite. In fact, the body tightly regulates its pH […]  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

Defibrillation Breakthroughs

Neighborhood Heart Watch, the brainchild of Dr. Douglas Zipes, is a grassroots initiative to place AEDs where most heart emergencies occur—in homes and neighborhoods. We bring you the latest defibrillation programs and technology.  More