Atrial fibrillation is a disorganized rhythm that originates in the top chambers of the heart  and usually causes the bottom chambers to beat rapidly and erratically.  Although sometimes unnoticed by the patient, usually there are symptoms of palpitations and heart fai...

Vitamin D supplementation has become commonplace and appears to be the standard of care for all patients who test low for vitamin D3 on routine lab work usually done as part of a patient's annual physical exam.  In a publication in JAMA Cardiology, researchers analyzed...

Although it has gotten much press already, some interesting facts about cholesterol treatment were presented last year in an update to US guidelines for cholesterol management from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. Dr's. Scott Grund...

Aerobic vs. Anaerobic Exercise - Know the Difference

Aerobic exercise is defined as exercise of movement. The body is put under the stress of repetitive movement where the heart rate and blood pressure will elevate. This is in contrast to anaerobic exercise which is exe...

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have jointly reset the definition of hypertension by lowering the threshold to 130/80 (from the previous value of 140/90).  

This automatically created 38 new hypertensives in the U.S., but this...

Based on a recent study performed in Denmark, it was concluded that screening men aged 65-74 for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), peripheral arterial disease, and hypertension saved lives in this randomized study of 50,000 men. The study lasted 4.4 years, and the mort...

In the US, deaths from cardiovascular disease fell by about 50% in men and women between 1980 and 2000 and fell an additional 31% between 2000 and 2010.  That's the good news, driven by the introduction of statin therapy and with more attention to risk factor modificat...

Data presented at the recent American Diabetes Association confirms that the use of statin agents in insulin dependent diabetics increases longevity with fewer cardiac events.  The only down side was that the patients who did NOT take statins, were better able to contr...

If left undetected, there is a 3-8x increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease later in the woman's life.

In a post-hoc analysis of the ALLHAT trial (Antihypertensive and Lipid Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack) the all-cause mortality was slightly higher in the group that was treated with statin therapy. Although the numbers did not reach statistical significance...

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