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Smoking:  A Habit to Kick for Life

February 25, 2015 – A new study found that most smokers would die of smoking-related causes like cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease. Although these findings are not really new, this is a large study that confirms past findings from other studies. David Winter, MD, internist, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, told dailyRx News that this study was a strong reminder of the health dangers of smoking. “This study reminds us that smoking is hazardous to one’s health," Dr. Winter said. "Death rates are three times those of non-smokers, and the average decrease in life span is 10 years compared to those who do not smoke. Smoking cessation programs do help including medication, both prescribed and over the counter." Read Article

How Cold? Equestrian Panniculitis Cold!
The Dallas Morning News

February 23, 2015 – Equestrian cold panniculitis is a result of prolonged cold exposure while seated in the saddle. Wet and cold weather (such as we are currently experiencing) can promote decreased blood flow and inflammation in the superficial fatty tissue of the thigh, buttocks and lower abdomen. Cold panniculitis is not limited to horse riders.  It has also been reported in cyclists, golf-cart riders, and milk-delivery men (they do exist in Finland!). Read Blog

Common Hormone Therapy Not Proven Safe for Menopausal Women

February 20, 2015 – A new study found that most menopausal women using compounded hormone therapy (CHT) weren't aware it wasn't FDA-approved. Dr. Tiffany Jackson, OB/GYN, Baylor Medical Center at Garland, says she would tell a patient that "the medication is not superior to or safer than traditional hormone therapy, but many women use it and do have improvement of their symptoms. I would want to make sure that she is aware of the risks and that there are alternatives." Read Article

Exercise: How Even a Little May Help Older Hearts

February 18, 2015 – A new study found that physical activity in older adults with reduced mobility may lower their risk of major heart problems — and the intensity of the exercise may not be as important as just being less sedentary. Sandeep Singh, MD, a board certified internist and cardiologist, Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital, told dailyRx News that compared to their younger counterparts, older patients often have higher rates of conditions that limit physical activity, such as arthritis, diabetes with associated neuropathy or cardiovascular limitations. Read Article

Breaking Healthy
The Dallas Morning News

February 18, 2015 – My daughter is gluten-free, my husband is low-carb, and my son and I are hungry. I suppose I should not complain. My LDL (bad cholesterol) dropped about 25 points in the past year and my HDL (good cholesterol) jumped about 30 points, making an already excellent cholesterol panel even more incredible (I boast). Read Blog

Easy Does It: When Too Much Exercise May Not Be Better

February 16, 2015 – Middle-aged women who got moderate exercise a few times a week were less likely to have a stroke or develop heart disease or blood clots, a new study found. "After reading the paper, my thoughts would be that middle aged women would benefit from just moderate physical activity such as walking, cycling, gardening and doing household work, and would have a 20 percent decreased incidence of coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease and vascular thromboembolic events, according to this prospective very well designed study," said Deepika Gopal, MD, cardiologist, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, who was not involved in this research. Read Article

Smoking May Be Even Riskier Than Once Thought

February 12, 2015 – New research from an American Cancer Society (ACS) study, however, found that smoking may be behind many more diseases than once thought. Among these were breast cancer, kidney failure and prostate cancer. "Smokers are prone to more than just emphysema and lung cancer. Atherosclerotic blockages that lead to heart attacks and strokes are also accelerated in smokers," said David Winter, MD, internist, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Read Article

Egg-citing News For People Who Love Eggs!
The Dallas Morning News

February 11, 2015 – In a recent study, consumption of one egg daily did not increase the risk of heart disease. Even more promising, higher egg consumption was associated with a 25% reduction of stroke in one subset of study participants. In addition, previous studies found that increasing dietary cholesterol intake had very little impact in approximately 70% of people. Read Article

Heart Health Week: Surviving Congestive Heart Failure
WFAA-TV ('Good Morning Texas')

February 11, 2015 – As former competitive weight lifter in his late fifties who kept himself in shape, Craig Young was stunned to be diagnosed with congestive heart failure. After a cardioversion procedure was performed at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano to bring his heart back. Watch Video

Healthy Valentine's Day for a Healthy Heart

February 11, 2015 – Valentine's Day is in February, which just so happens to also be American Heart Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests using the holiday as an opportunity to take stock of your heart health. Deepika Gopal, MD, a cardiologist at the Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, TX, pointed dailyRx News in the direction of some heart-healthy Valentine's Day tips from the American Heart Association (AHA). Among the tips Dr. Gopal highlighted was one suggesting that you use Valentine's Day as a chance to tell your loved ones what they mean to you and how much you care about their health. Read Article

With Diabetes, Cutting Blood Pressure a Little May Go a Long Way

February 10, 2015 – A new study found that reducing blood pressure in diabetes patients may reduce the risk of major heart events and other complications. However, current guidelines for treatment may be too conservative for some patients. "When it comes to prevention of cardiovascular events, those at highest risk stand to gain the most from medical interventions," said Jeffrey M. Schussler, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital and Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. "Diabetes, more so than almost any chronic disease, places patients at a high risk of cardiovascular disease." Read Article

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