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Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, is a common and growing problem in Western societies. Read here about metabolic syndrome and some of the controversy that surrounds it.

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Premature Ventricular Complexes (PVCs)

Saturday April 19, 2014

PVCs are a common form of cardiac arrhythmia, and their significance can be confusing to both patients and their doctors. Read about PVCs, how to tell if they're medically significant, and how they are treated, here.

Should I Have A Coronary Calcium Scan?

Sunday April 13, 2014

A reader asks whether his doctor's recommendation that he have a coronary calcium scan - despite not having any cardiac symptoms, and with a normal stress test - is a reasonable one.

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Postpartum Cardiomyopathy

Friday April 11, 2014

On rare occasions, pregnancy can lead to a condition called postpartum cardiomyopathy, or pregnancy-associated heart failure.

Women who develop postpartum cardiomyopathy experience the onset of heart failure either during the last month of pregnancy, or within five months of delivering a baby. These women have no prior underlying heart disease, and no other identifiable reason to develop heart disease. Their heart failure can be a temporary, self-limited condition, or can progress to severe, life-threatening heart failure.

Read here about postpartum cardiomyopathy.

Are E-Cigarettes Really Ineffective?

Monday April 7, 2014

A recent, highly-publicized study has concluded that e-cigarettes are not effective in promoting smoking cessation.  In fact, the study design does not permit us to say much, one way or the other, about the efficacy of e-cigarettes.  The way the press and much of the medical establishment have embraced this study to disparage e-cigarettes says more about their anti-e-cigarette agenda, than it does about the actual study, or the usefulness of e-cigarettes themselves.

Smokers who sincerely want to quit deserve every opportunity to do so. As society deliberates on the appropriate role of e-cigarettes in smoking cessation, we ought to expect reasonable objectivity from the media and medical editorialists.

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