The ‘broken heart’ syndrome is real – and it starts in the brain!

If you know someone who went through an intense emotional experience and then suffered heart damage that was not related to a heart attack – that is most likely something called the ‘Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy’ – or in colloquial terms – ‘broken-heart syndrome’. It was originally described in 1990 in Japan among middle-aged women who suffered heart damage after a stressful event. The term Tako-tsubo stands … Continue reading The ‘broken heart’ syndrome is real – and it starts in the brain!

What is the procedure that Mick Jagger got for his heart? – Making sense of the acronym TAVR/TAVI

I had a lot of Rolling Stones fans ask me about the procedure Mick Jagger got for his heart earlier this month. While I don’t know him personally, I read on the news that he underwent a transcatheter aortic valve replacement/implantation – abbreviated as TAVR/TAVI. So before we go into too much detail – lets start with the basics. What is aortic stenosis? Your heart … Continue reading What is the procedure that Mick Jagger got for his heart? – Making sense of the acronym TAVR/TAVI

Let’s talk about that baby aspirin!

You might have read several headlines about aspirin recently and wondered how they applied to you. I have had a few patients recently ask me about whether they still need to take their aspirin. So I thought this would be a great opportunity to review where we stand on the evidence for aspirin. To cut the long story short – If you have had a … Continue reading Let’s talk about that baby aspirin!