As a physician training in cardiology, it is sobering to witness the inefficiencies of our healthcare system, and the resulting barriers to high-quality specialty care faced by our patients. While patients feel the brunt of this broken system, other stakeholders including physicians, healthcare systems, and payers, don’t have it easy either. The ‘system’ seems to work against everyone. Lets walk in the shoes of each … Continue reading The Maze of Specialty Healthcare
Happy Heart Month! February is named American Heart Month and is dedicated to spreading awareness about heart disease and promotion of heart health. Did you know that the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control estimate heart disease to be 80% preventable with the right knowledge and lifestyle changes? Medical devices and pharmaceuticals are incredible nowadays, but are largely focused on treating conditions … Continue reading American Heart Month
You asked: What is AFib? Atrial fibrillation, or AFib as it’s known among friends, is a common for of heart disease that affects up to 1 in 3 people at some point in their lives costing the US healthcare system about $6 billion per year. Risk factors for AFib include older age, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, prior heart attacks, heavy alcohol use, and more. … Continue reading What is AFib?
By Claire Wentz About 15 percent of the caregivers in the U.S. are considered long-distance caregivers. According to the National Council on Aging, that number is expected to double by the year 2020. And on average, long-distance caregivers live around seven hours of travel time apart from the person in their care. While these stats may show that being a long-term caregiver is completely normal … Continue reading Guest Post: How to Make the Tough Task of Long-Distance Caregiving More Successful and Less Stressful
If you are a flu shot skeptic, now is a good time to shed your bias and go get that flu shot. A growing body of evidence shows that not only can it prevent a severe episode of flu, but may also increase the lifespan in some cases, especially for patients with heart failure. The vaccine, usually given in the form of an injection, contains … Continue reading Don’t Get Caught! Get the Flu Shot!
1) Exercise 2018 was a big year for thinking about physical activity goals. The Department of Health and Human Services released updated guidelines for how much physical activity is recommended based on the discordance between 80% of American adults being too inactive and much research about how much exercise improves health. In fact, about 8% of deaths could be prevented solely by exercising the recommended … Continue reading New Year, New You: 5 Resolutions Everyone Should Make to Live Healthier
If you have high blood pressure, first of all, congrats on knowing you have it. If you’re taking a medication to help control it, you have to read this. In case you missed it, there have been a series of press releases and news stories on recalls related to several medications that belong to a family called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB), which specifically include valsartan, … Continue reading Medication Recall: Trading High Blood Pressure for Cancer?