Tag Archives: Heart

Atrial Fibrillation

A “cool” new therapy puts the brakes on fast heartbeats. Read more about it from leading heart expert and Mayo Clinic professor Dr. Douglas Packer. ... More
Heart Attack Risk

Heart Attack Risk

Q: I have angina, and some of my arteries are blocked. What are my chances of having a heart attack, and can a prescription drug like Imdur control chest pain? A: Severe blockages in coronary arteries can certainly cause a heart attack. Often, such blockages can be propped open with stents, which can relieve the […] ... More
Review the Options

Review the Options

A cardiac catheterization revealed that one artery is blocked and two others are partially closed. I was told that nothing could be done because of my age. Could you enlighten me on what I could do? I concur that exercise and diet will not help at this point. But I am not certain why the […] ... 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
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
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