Tag Archives: Health

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
Dodging DNA Destiny

Dodging DNA Destiny

After reading your articles in The Saturday Evening Post, I felt compelled to send you a question about diastolic dysfunction. I’m interested in knowing if a genetic marker has been identified and if a test is available. I have high blood pressure and a strong paternal family history of heart disease. Otherwise, I’m a relatively […] ... More

Art’s Healing Powers

More than simply a statement of style, art can improve and enhance one’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. On any given day, landscape artist Barbara Ernst Prey is apt to find e-mails from museum curators and patrons clogging her in-box. Prey’s canvases hang on the walls of world-class institutions, in private collections, and even at […] ... More
Heart Valves, Leg Pain, and Exercise

Heart Valves, Leg Pain, and Exercise

In 2004 I had heart failure and surgery to replace a valve and arteries. Will the valve last forever? I am 70 years old. My legs pain a lot when I’m walking on an incline but not when on level ground. I feel sluggish and wonder if it is from heart problems or medicines. How […] ... More
Thinning Blood and Coumadin

Thinning Blood and Coumadin

I was recently hospitalized because my blood was dangerously thin. I was taking Coumadin as prescribed by my doctor. I would appreciate any information and also want to know if Bufferin or aspirin do thin the blood. Coumadin (trade name warfarin) “thins” the blood by interfering with its normal clotting processes. This action is important […] ... More
Get a Life List

Get a Life List

It’s easy, in the day-to-day hustle, to lose sight of your greatest desires. Reach deep, write them down, and put your dreams back on the radar. I am a habitual list maker. My assessment of a day corresponds to the number of items ticked off my list. But after swimming with dolphins (check), running a […] ... More
Question (and Answer) About Extra Heartbeats

Question (and Answer) About Extra Heartbeats

Q: I am an 83-year-old great-grandmother and was diagnosed with benign premature ventricular contractions 40 years ago. I’ve been asymptomatic all these years. My question is this: Have you encountered this particular arrhythmia in your study of electrophysiology? A: Leading cardiologist Dr. Douglas Zipes replies: Premature ventricular contractions are extra heartbeats coming from the bottom […] ... More
Foods Affect the Heart

Foods Affect the Heart

Have any studies shown that certain foods might contribute to irregular heart rhythms? My doctor told me to avoid all sources of caffeine, and that helped to reduce my “missed” beats. Over the years, I have noticed that several foods seem to cause an increase in my irregular heartbeats. Fresh apples, of all things, appear […] ... More

Denise Austin: Resolution Revolution!

Stay on track with New Year’s resolutions by following proven tactics from one of the country’s most popular fitness experts. At 5′ 4″ and 120 pounds, Denise Austin may seem an unlikely powerhouse. But with her trademark enthusiasm and unbridled optimism, the diminutive dynamo has inspired millions to get up and get moving, earning her […] ... More
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