Stents

Is Daily Aspirin Right for You?

…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, I recommend taking one baby aspirin daily. But even if you have all the characteristics…

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“But I’m Too Young to Have a Heart Attack…”

…don’t dismiss them because you’re young. Just last month comedienne Rosie O’Donnell had a close call with her heart, and was saved by an emergency stent procedure. Rosie’s “lesson” was a wake-up call to all of us to recognize the symptoms of heart disease. * Don’t wait until the fourth or fifth…

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Should You Take A Statin Drug?

…community agrees that statin therapy has an important place in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. In patients with a history of heart attack, stent, bypass, or angioplasty, or inflammatory markers such as high CRP levels or high coronary calcium scores, statins may be a reasonable intervention,…

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Study Finds Doctors Too Quick To Insert Stents

…shown to save lives or prevent heart attacks. I strongly agree that nobody should be stented on the basis of anatomy alone. In other words, just because tests may reveal a narrowing in an artery doesn’t mean a stent is necessary if you are asymptomatic. It’s just bad medicine to perform angioplasty…

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Heartfelt Lessons from an American Legend

…struggling with the decision about whether or not to have CABS, weigh your options carefully. Ask your doctor if you’re a candidate for angioplasty or a stent to buy you more time to reverse non-critical arterial lesions. * If you’re facing any type of heart surgery, pre-dose with CoQ10. Those of you who…

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The Pros and Cons of Statin Drugs

…inflammation such as C-reactive protein (CRP), and that this anti-inflammatory which reduces the risk of stroke. In patients with a history of heart attack, stent, bypass, angioplasty, high CRP levels or high coronary calcium scores, statins may be a reasonable intervention, even if the person has good cholesterol…

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Learn the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women

…Ms. O’Donnell got herself to a cardiologist. (Still, a 911 call would have been better.) Stents Save Lives Kudos to the doctors who acted quickly and decisively to get Ms. O’Donnell the emergency stent procedure that restored circulation and prevented further damage to her heart muscle. From what…

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The Side Effects & Symptoms of Statin Medications

…is that if you go off the statin medication, blood sugar elevations will come down. Q: Is it safe for someone who has had a heart attack and four stents to stop taking a statin medicaiton? My husband is gluten free and has completely changed his diet, and he has lost a lot weight and has reduced his…

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New Statin Medication Guidelines May Double Use

…know, I’ve long recommended statin medications for men younger than 75 with diagnosed coronary artery disease, a history of myocardial infarction, stents, angioplasty or a coronary bypass. In fact, for men in this category statins are often under-prescribed. But for women, this guideline doesn’t hold…

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Treating Low Ejection Fraction

…recently had a blog reader ask a great question about low ejection fraction and wanted to post the answer: "I had a heart attack five years ago and a stent placed. All of my blood work is normal with good cholesterol measurements and C-RP of 1.13. I take Lipitor (20mg), Metropolis, Ramipril, and Plavix…

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What is an Angina Attack?

…angiogram or cardiac catheterization is needed to define the “native anatomy,” or circulatory system, of the heart. If an invasive procedure like a stent or coronary bypass is not recommended (or is deferred for some reason), then medication is usually prescribed to keep the heart below the “anginal…

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