Readers' stories of how they quit smoking

In an Ask the Doctor item about quitting smoking in the May 2010 Harvard Heart Letter, we invited readers to share their stories of how they quit smoking. We received a number of interesting and witty ways to help stop this serious addiction. (Locked) More »

September 2010 references and further reading

Kuna ST, Maislin G, Hin S, Hartwig K, Hachadoorian R, Hurley S, Gupta R, Atwood CW. Non-inferiority of functional outcome in ambulatory management of obstructive sleep apnea. Presentation at the 2010 American Thoracic Society Annual Conference in New Orleans. Sunwoo B, Kuna ST. Ambulatory management of patients with sleep apnea: is there a place for portable monitor testing? Clinics in Chest Medicine 2010; 31:299-308. Epstein LJ, Kristo D, Strollo PJ, Jr., et al. Clinical guideline for the evaluation, management and long-term care of obstructive sleep apnea in adults. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 2009; 5:263-76. (Locked) More »

Heart attacks come in all kinds, sizes

The term "heart attack" encompasses a number of conditions that vary in severity and treatment approach. Here is a guide to the names that doctors give to different types of heart attacks. (Locked) More »

Diagnosing sleep apnea at home

Diagnosing sleep apnea typically requires an overnight stay in a hospital or sleep lab, but the development of portable monitors opened the door to diagnosing sleep apnea at home. If you ask your doctor about doing it at home, and it is appropriate for you, your doctor may loan you a kit or order one for you. The big advantage of a home sleep test is its convenience however; there are several disadvantages, too.  (Locked) More »

Stand up for your heart

Research examining the dangers of inactivity suggests that those who are not currently physically active are likely to benefit from even a small amount of activity or exercise. This includes going out for a walk, working in the garden, or standing while you read, watch television, or work. More »

New thinking on saturated fat

The evolving understanding of the different types of fats in foods has changed the perception of saturated fat. Eaten in moderation, it is a useful part of the diet and is unlikely to affect cardiovascular health. (Locked) More »

In Brief

Brief reports on migraines and stroke risk, HDL's potential role in lowering cancer risk, unhealthy food ads on TV, and the benefits of defibrillators in public places. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: My heart is better - should I stop taking amiodarone?

After a heart attack 15 years ago, my doctor put me on 200 milligrams of amiodarone daily to halt episodes of ventricular tachycardia. I started a vigorous exercise program that has gradually improved my ejection fraction from 35% to 55%. Three years ago, I started cutting back on amiodarone because of side effects. My latest electrocardiogram showed no signs of ventricular tachycardia, and my doctor wants me to stop taking amiodarone. That worries me. Any thoughts on what I should do? (Locked) More »