May 2011 Heart Letter references and further reading

Heidenreich PA, Trogdon JG, Khavjou OA, et al. Forecasting the future of cardiovascular disease in the United States: a policy statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation 2011; 123:933-44. Schober P, van Dehn FB, Bierens JJ, Loer SA, Schwarte LA. Public Access Defibrillation: Time to Access the Public. Annals of Emergency Medicine, published online Feb. 2, 2011 Schwartz BG, Kloner RA. Clinical cardiology: physician update: erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease. Circulation 2011; 123(1):98-101. (Locked) More »

Gloomy forecast on heart disease

The American Heart Association is predicting significant increases in heart disease among baby boomers, along with associated health care costs. Following better health habits can help prevent heart disease. In a report, the AHA offers a gloomy forecast for cardiovascular disease in 2030: high blood pressure, up 10%; heart disease, up 17%; heart failure and stroke, each up 25%. If the projections are accurate, today's 81 million American adults with cardio vascular disease will swell to 110 million by 2030; the cost of treating them will balloon to $818 billion. Here are proven strategies for protecting the heart and arteries: (Locked) More »

Two-way street between erection problems and heart disease

Trouble getting or keeping an erection can be an early warning sign of heart disease, much as heart disease can signal a man's current or future sexual problems. Instance of either should prompt a conversation with your doctor about the other, as well as lifestyle choices that can improve sexual function and cardiovascular health. (Locked) More »

Hysterectomy linked to increase in heart disease

Women who have a hysterectomy, especially those under 50 who also have their ovaries removed, seem to be at increased risk of heart disease. A sudden and dramatic reduction in female hormones after the procedure may explain why. Emerging evidence linking hysterectomy to increased risk of cardiovascular disease should prompt a rethinking of the operation's balance of benefits and risks, especially among younger women and those who have their ovaries removed as part of a hysterectomy. (Locked) More »

Recycling effort keeps hearts ticking

A program is collecting and donating medical goods, including pacemakers and other implanted devices, to people in less-developed countries who would not be able to afford them. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: Headache and stroke

I have heard that one symptom of a stroke is "the worst headache you can imagine." I recently had a migraine that was so much more painful than previous ones that I worried it was a stroke. Is there any way to tell a migraine from a "stroke headache"? (Locked) More »