Heart Bypass Surgery

EECP for Cardiovascular Health

Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) is a therapy for treating angina and congestive heart failure. It offers hope to those with advanced coronary artery disease who can’t undergo bypass surgery. Here's how it works... The physiology of EECP is similar to that of the intra-aortic balloon pump…

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Is Taking a Daily Aspirin Right for You?

…you’ve already had a heart attack or have a history of cardiovascular disease—is just plain good medicine. I regularly advocate aspirin for those who have known heart disease, such as a history of angina, heart attack, angioplasty or stent procedures, or coronary artery bypass surgery. In these cases,…

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Are You a Candidate for EECP Therapy?

…amputations * Pregnancy or immediately following cardiac catheterization or bypass surgery After two prior coronary artery bypass surgeries, “Ben” wasn’t a candidate for a third, despite his problems with angina and congestive heart failure. At the end of the road in terms of traditional treatments, I…

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Important Warning About Statins and Diabetes

…increased rates. This issue of high-dose statins has even touched much closer to home—in my own practice. One of my employee’s fathers had bypass surgery and I recently went over his lab work. He’s on a high-dose statin and both his blood sugar and A1C was elevated—and he’s never had diabetes…

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Benefits of Resistance Training

…remember, the heart is a muscle too); • Increases your muscle mass; and • Enhances your endurance for physical activity. Even in our hospital-based, medically supervised cardiac rehab program—where we supervised people recovering from heart attack and strokes, as well as bypass surgery—free…

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