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    Should women take statins for cholesterol?

    Chrisandra Shufelt, M.D.,
    Denise Millstine, M.D.
    After recommending that a patient consider starting a lipid-lowering medication, she said, “I’ve heard cholesterol medications are bad for women and don’t really work anyway.” This is something we hear commonly. Every patient can, of course, make her own healthcare decisions. But as physicians, it’s our job to explain the…
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    What the numbers mean

    The following is an excerpt from the Mayo Clinic Press book Mayo Clinic on High Blood Pressure by Gary L. Schwartz, M.D. There are two basic approaches to lowering high blood pressure: adopting healthy lifestyle habits and taking medi- cations. Depending on…
  • Podcast |

    One simple way to see if you’re at risk for heart disease

    Is there an easy way to see if you’re at increased risk for heart disease? It may have a lot to do with a little something called lipoprotein (a). In this episode, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventative Cardiologist at @MayoClinic, gives us the scoop on lipoprotein (a) and how it…
  • Podcast |

    Is caffeine heart-healthy?

    We’ve all had caffeine before; some of us have it every day. But what does that morning cup of coffee or tea do to us, really? In this episode, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventative Cardiologist at @MayoClinic, provides insight on how caffeine affects our bodies, including: *Caffeine is a stimulant…
  • Podcast |

    What is heart failure?

    The heart is one of the most important organs in our body; without its constant beat, we wouldn’t be able to live. With that being said, we need to do everything we can to avoid heart failure by taking steps to improve our heart health now. Join Stephen Kopecky, M.D.,…
  • Podcast |

    How does high blood pressure affect your heart and overall health?

    If your blood pressure is just a little too high, how bad is it for you, really? Well, a couple of points above a healthy blood pressure can add up quickly over time. In this episode, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventative Cardiologist at @MayoClinic, outlines how this affects your heart…
  • Podcast |

    Can you reverse coronary artery disease?

    Coronary artery disease is a common health issue among aging people, but did you know that it is, to an extent, reversible? Using methods like: *Not smoking *Controlling cholesterol *Losing weight *Exercising *Controlling blood pressure *Controlling diabetes *Following a healthy diet *Managing stress…
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    Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Understanding heart testing and evaluation

    We all associate the heart with life, and it can be stressful to think there might be a problem with your heart. Heart tests — such as an EKG, an echocardiogram, a coronary angiogram and a stress test — are important ways to evaluate the health of your heart if…
  • Podcast |

    Why some patients need a second heart surgery

    People who’ve had an aortic dissection, which is emergency, lifesaving surgery, may need additional surgeries later to repair the aorta. Also, people who’ve had heart valve surgery and received replacement tissue valves will need the valves replaced after 10 years. In addition, adults with congenital heart disease often have surgery…
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    Your heart can break from stress

    Niti Aggarwal, M.D.,
    Nkechinyere Ijioma, M.B.B.S.,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Emotional stress — which can be brought on by grief, anger, loss or death of a loved one, domestic abuse, heated arguments, physical illness, or surgery — can be so bad that it feels like your heart is breaking. And in a way, it is. Broken heart syndrome is also…
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    Six steps to taking control of your heart health

    Kalia Doner,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Heart disease may be the No. 1 killer of women — but six basic lifestyle choices can help you prevent it, control it, or even reverse your risk for heart attack and stroke. Just as significant, if you have already experienced a heart attack, stroke or other form of heart…
  • Podcast |

    Treating congenital heart defects

    A congenital heart defect means that a child was born with a problem in the structure of his or her heart. Some congenital heart defects in children are simple and don’t need treatment. Others are more complex and may require several surgeries performed over a period of several years. Improvements in…