After-A-Heart-Attack

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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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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What to Do If Someone Has a Heart Attack

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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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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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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Signs & Symptoms That You Could Have a Heart Attack Next Month

In all of my years of practicing cardiology, I’ve seen many women whose heart disease symptoms went undetected—until they landed in the hospital. Believe it or not, those were the lucky ones. Doctors often miss the signs and symptoms of heart disease in women because they’re different than…

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