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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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