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Corona Virus

Coronavirus is here and it is important for everyone to be fully informed. It is best to avoid infection completely. At the very least, we need to minimize our risk of developing the the sometimes devastating consequences of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. I trust this newsletter and my video is helpful. We have much to learn …

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What are the things which doctors hate about patients?

“Hate” is a strong word to describe how a doctor may feel towards a particular patient. In general, a patient seeks a doctor’s care for guidance in achieving/maintaining wellness and disease prevention, and for specific treatments when particular problems arise. In this setting, the partnership is usually a productive one. Patients generally mean well, even if …

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What exactly happens to the heart when a defibrillator is used?

Quick Overview: 1. Sudden cardiac death kills 350,000 Americans annually. 2. The presence of scar in the heart, most often from a prior heart attack, represents the greatest risk for sudden cardiac death. 3. Defibrillators provide life-saving therapy for sudden cardiac death, when then can be applied within seconds to minutes of the event. 4. …

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What are the most effective exercises for developing cardiovascular fitness?

This is a very important question, and one that I have spent considerable time contemplating as I look for ways to stay in shape while avoiding exercise-related injuries. The answer is that there is no answer – that is, the most efficient set of exercises for any individual is constantly changing. Our exercise routines must …

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What test is a better indicator of a condition of the heart, a 2D echo or a stress test?

As a cardiologist, I am often faced with the challenge of selecting between available tests of heart function. We always want to help each patient in the best way possible. The information gained from each cardiac test is somewhat overlapping, however certain tests may uniquely provide better information to answer a specific question that is …

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How does heart of donor start beating again when it is transplanted into other person?

The world of cardiac transplant is fascinating and dynamic, involving so much more than was ever imagined. Transplant represents the opportunity for a human life to continue, because another life ended – suddenly and often tragically. Looking at it another way, transplant is a way for the life of the donor to continue on, which …

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