What triggers heart attacks?

People who are at risk for heart disease may be fine for some time, until a stressful event or situation acts as a trigger for a heart attack or stroke. Even in those with heart disease, some of these triggers can be minimized or avoided. (Locked) More »

Heart Beat: Drive-through angioplasty?

Several European studies have found that the majority of people who undergo nonemergency angioplasty do not have to remain in the hospital overnight, but further study is needed before this practice becomes common in the US. (Locked) More »

Heart Beat: Migraine, heart disease linked

A study found that men who suffered migraines were more likely to have heart disease, but there is no evidence that migraines cause heart trouble, and no evidence as to what the connection, if any, may be. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: Is warfarin turning my toes purple?

I take warfarin. I have blood blisters on my arms and sporadically on my legs. Recently I developed purple toes on one foot. My cardiologist didn't seem concerned and wouldn't explain whether it was the warfarin. Can you shed some light on this? (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: Can you really prevent heart disease?

People know that they can "prevent" heart disease by not smoking, losing weight, exercising, watching cholesterol and blood pressure, and eating right, but they still get heart disease. Is it really possible to prevent heart disease, or just slow it down? (Locked) More »