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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.
Women are at as much risk for heart disease as men are. The
American Heart Association has compiled a list of guidelines that
offer a number of ways women can reduce their risk.
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.
As the guidelines for treating heart disease are informed by
evidence from medical studies, these treatments become more
common and survival rates increase.
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,
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?
I had a high-sensitivity C-reactive protein test that was 38.6,
which my doctor said was quite high. My cholesterol was fine. A
heart scan and stress test were normal. When my doctor repeated
the test, my hsCRP was 6.1. What can cause such variations?
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
My father had open-heart surgery 18 months ago. Fairly soon after
the operation, he started having the feeling that wires are
poking him in the chest. Is that possible? If so, is there a