Troublesome medications

Several medications commonly prescribed to heart patients can cause adverse reactions, even when taken as directed. Therefore caution should be used and any unusual symptoms or side effects should be reported to a doctor right away. (Locked) More »

Heart Beat: Hole in the heart

A patent foramen ovale is a small hole in the heart which usually closes soon after birth, but if it does not, it may be a cause of stroke later in life. (Locked) More »

Heart Beat: A Chia Pet for diabetes?

A seed related to those used in Chia Pets is a good source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants, but the same benefits can be obtained from eating whole-grain food products. (Locked) More »

Heart Beat: Checking blood pressure at home

People with high blood pressure who regularly monitor their blood pressure at home seem more likely to lower their pressure over time than those who only have it checked at a doctor's office. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: Can a pacemaker cause dizzy spells?

My father recently had a pacemaker installed. Now, almost every time he stands up or gets out of bed, he feels dizzy. Is this a common side effect of getting a pacemaker, something he needs to get used to? Is there anything he can do about it? (Locked) More »

9 ways to protect your heart when diabetes threatens it

Most people with diabetes eventually develop some form of heart disease, but this is not inevitable. Focusing on improving health through diet, exercise, weight loss, and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol can help prevent heart disease. (Locked) More »