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ACCF/AHA/AATS/ACR/ASA/SCA/SCAI/SIR/STS/SVM Guidelines for the
diagnosis and management of patients with thoracic aortic
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Back in 1992, Wall Street Journal reporter Kevin Helliker learned
he had a thoracic aortic aneurysm. The series of articles he
wrote the following year about this often overlooked condition
won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.
A thoracic aortic aneurysm can be small and stable, or it can
tear or rupture. People with certain genetic conditions, and
those who have a relative who has had this condition, are at
higher risk and should be tested. If you have a thoracic aortic
aneurysm, here are five things that can help you cope with this
common but overlooked condition:
Eating red meat regularly may not be as bad for us as was once believed, but frequent consumption of processed meats like hot dogs, cold cuts, and bacon is still unhealthy. This doesn't mean you should indulge your carnivorous appetite. The best sources of protein are still fish, beans, nuts, and poultry. But the findings do suggest that eating red meat a few times a week can be part of a healthful diet.
In diastolic heart failure, the left ventricle becomes thick and
stiff. The symptoms are the same as those for systolic heart
failure, but therapies proven to work for systolic heart failure
don't necessarily work for diastolic heart failure. Scores of
clinical trials investigating possible treatments for diastolic
heart failure are ongoing, but solid results are still a ways
off. In the meantime, the American Heart Association and American
College of Cardiology recommend controlling:
Getting a stent implanted within six weeks before having another,
noncardiac surgery carries a much higher risk of having a heart
attack or dying.
People with diabetes who take blood sugar readings at home now
have a way to convert that information into a hemoglobin A1c
value, which indicates a person's average daily blood sugar.
Among the side effects of steroid use, one serious consequence is
a weakening of the heart's left ventricle.
Eating moderate amounts of nuts and chocolate may being
heart-protective benefits in the form of lower LDL cholesterol
and lower blood pressure, respectively.
Having a defibrillator implanted does not preclude exercising.
Brief reports on an interaction between warfarin and a particular
antibiotic prescribed for urinary tract infections, and outdoor
exercise as a mood booster.
I had a nuclear exercise test last fall, and it was perfectly
normal. Imagine my surprise this spring when I developed burning
chest pain that turned out to be a heart attack on the bottom
part of my heart. Did the doctors mess up the reading of my test?
I have tried all of the statin drugs to lower my cholesterol, but
each one has caused severe muscle pain. Are there any non-statin
medications I could try using to lower my cholesterol?