This year, make an investment in your health!

This year, make an investment in your health!

January is the month of resolutions and commitments. As we set off in this new year, many people embrace the concept that, with the new year, we can make a fresh start, and make commitments to ourselves to make positive changes to our lives.

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Lifestyle changes and early identification are key to preventing heart disease

Lifestyle changes and early identification are key to preventing heart disease

he State-Journal Register ran a front page article on August 26th entitled Drugs, technology reduce deaths from heart disease.  I found it interesting that the focus was on care and treatment after an event, rather than on preventative care, and sent the following letter to the editor (published September 1):

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Are Vascular Health Screenings worthwhile?

Are Vascular Health Screenings worthwhile?

 “If you ask the wrong question, you are certain to get the wrong answer.”    In medicine, it’s a little scary to think that professionals may be asking the wrong question, but in some instances, that may be the case. Recent news articles question the value, even the “ethics” of heart screenings, specifically the carotid ultrasound.  Since we perform diagnostic screening in our practice, I thought I would take this opportunity to clarify the difference between what the critics describe, why they don’t think they are useful, and what a truly valuable assessment might look like.

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Eliminating Heart Attack and Stroke

Eliminating Heart Attack and Stroke

Heart attack and stroke kill more Americans than any other illness, despite the attention we give to high blood pressure, cholesterol and taking an aspirin daily.  The fact remains that our current approach to vascular disease still results in a 50% failure rate!  And the most typical scenario is without warning to the individual, who is in the prime of life and didn’t know of their disease. 

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Did you know that April is "Stress Awareness Month"?

Did you know that April is "Stress Awareness Month"?

April is National Stress Awareness month.  Who needs a month to remind us of stress?  I won’t go into my sources of stress, but I have them.  And I’m sure you have yours. What is it about stress that prompts a thorough doctor to ask patients with all manner of symptoms, “How about stress in your life?”  

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