After-A-Heart-Attack

Could You Have a Silent Heart Attack and Not Know It?

So-called “silent” or minor heart attacks often go unnoticed because the symptoms can be very vague. If a silent heart attack occurs during waking hours, you may have a slight feeling of discomfort, of being a little bit “off.” They can also occur in your sleep. It’s a fact that about 25…

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The Benefits of Multivitamins

I know many of you have seen the headlines that I have proclaiming that “multivitamins are a waste of money” or “don’t work.” This media buzz was caused by an editorial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine with the headline, “Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and…

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If Someone Has a Heart Attack, Do These 2 Things!

A heart attack can strike anyone, anywhere, at any time. Many people think a heart attack will never happen to them and take their heart health for granted. Then, the next thing they know they’re a patient on the critical care unit for cardiovascular issues. I hope you never need this information…

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Common Side Effects of Beta Blockers

Low-dose beta blockers are effective in treatment for atrial fibrillation and lowering blood pressure levels. They also help prevent damage to the heart when oxygen flow is reduced. Research shows that taking beta blockers following a heart attack protects against arrhythmias that can develop as a…

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What are ACE Inhibitor Drugs?

If you have cardiovascular problems, you may already be familiar with ACE inhibitor drugs, including Capoten, Altace, Vasotec, Lotensin, or Monopril. These drugs slow the activity of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), a protein produced in the lungs that converts angiotensin I—a harmless…

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Love, Intimacy, and Your Heart

Valentine’s Day is coming up, which is a celebration of love, intimacy, and the heart. It’s also a good time to address a sticky question that many people don’t want to ask, whether you can safely engage in intimacy after a heart attack or stroke. While sudden death from intimacy is rare,…

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7 Ways to Get Natural Headache Relief

When most people get a headache, they pop a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like Advil, Motrin, or Aleve. For occasional relief, I have no problem with this. But as I've long warned, chronic use of these over-the-counter medications can cause liver and/or kidney damage. Plus, the U.S.…

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You Can Think Your Way to Better Heart Health, Quite Literally

One of the most important things I’ve learned as a cardiologist is the enormous impact emotions can have on heart health. Stress is a major contributor to heart attacks. As I’ve often said, prevention starts from the neck up. But what many people don’t realize is that the converse is also…

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