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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
Trains Equipped to Save Lives

Trains Equipped to Save Lives

It is a tragic case of being at the wrong place at the very wrong time. In 2002, Dr. James R. Allen died after suffering a heart attack on a commuter train that lacked an automated portable defibrillator, or AED, a device used to jump-start the heart after cardiac arrest. Today’s riders may avoid a […] ... 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
Treating Pernicious Anemia

Treating Pernicious Anemia

Dear Dr. SerVaas, I was diagnosed with pernicious anemia in 1982 and prescribed 1000-microgram shots of B12 (cyanocobalamin) every month for the rest of my life. I have since moved, and my current doctor advises that 100 micrograms a month is sufficient, a dose I have been taking for more than two years. I have […] ... More
The Important Role of Recess

The Important Role of Recess

Sometimes scientific research only confirms what common sense tells us is true. This is one of those times. Data from the following studies, however, will hopefully help restore some physical activity (and fun) to the school day. Taking a daily break in the school day of at least 15 minutes may promote overall health, academic, […] ... More
The Living Well Challenge

The Living Well Challenge

As the Post medical editor, I enjoy learning and writing about promising medical discoveries and sharing health information that readers can use to care for themselves and their loved ones. And it’s great that my “day job” sometimes even helps my own friends and family, too. But this new blog offers me the chance — the challenge, […] ... 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
Rapid Heartbeat Problem May Be Curable

Rapid Heartbeat Problem May Be Curable

Q: How serious is SVT? I have had it for 45 years and am now taking verapamil. For years I took Lanoxin. I see a cardiologist once a year. What advice can you give me to remain in stable condition? A: Leading cardiologist Dr. Douglas Zipes replies: Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is a general term indicating […] ... 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
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
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
Leg Swelling

Leg Swelling

I was born with a heart murmur, and it has never really bothered me. At age 76, my family doctor heard the heart skip and referred me to a cardiologist who suggested a cardioversion to give me more pep. It went well. Five hours later, however, my legs began to swell, and it turned into […] ... More

Heading Off the Pain of Migraines

For the millions of Americans suffering from chronic migraines, the outlook for relief is better than it’s been in years. Debra BenAvram’s health woes kicked off with a “really horrible” migraine three years ago. She has no idea what triggered the attack. But over the next six months, it turned into a constant daily headache […] ... More
IMT Scan vs. Other Factors

IMT Scan vs. Other Factors

I am active and healthy. Given my family history of heart disease, an IMT scan was recently done. Results include IMT .931 and vascular age 85 (I am 69). Both sides contain plaque. Consequently, my physician has urged me to begin a statin. I am trying to gather information related to using a statin. Any […] ... More
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