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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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How Syncope Should Be Evaluated

Thursday April 24, 2014

If you have had syncope (transient loss of consciousness), your doctor will want to do an evaluation to figure out what caused it.  Fortunately, in most cases the evaluation of syncope should be pretty straightforward. Unfortunately, too many doctors fail to approach this problem in a systematic way, and their patients can wind up having unnecessary tests and experiencing unnecessary anxiety.

This article describes how syncope should be evaluated.

Treating Hypertension in Older People

Monday April 21, 2014

Hypertension - high blood pressure - is at least as important in older people as it is in younger people. And it's at least as important that hypertension in older people be adequately, in order to prevent heart attacks and strokes.  However, the treatment of hypertension in people above age 65 tends to be quite a bit trickier than it is in younger people.

Read about treating hypertension in older people.

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.

Read Should I Have A Coronary Calcium Scan?

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