Living Well Blog

Here’s a little secret about your heart: Your ticker loves it when you sleep.Good, consistent sleep is great for our heart. Poor sleep, notsomuch.Sleep helps everything from our immune system to our mental health. But our heart also benefits.Let’s start with blood pressure. When we sleep, our heart… See more
Here’s one doctor’s prescription for what patients can do to avoid burnout.Healthcare can be a real headache that’s causing many Americans to avoid going to the doctor -- and that’s not healthy.An… See more
It’s hot out there, folks. The summer of 2023, which has another month and half to run, is likely to be one of the hottest on record. Considering last summer was one of the hottest measured, according to the… See more
If you’re trying to protect your heart, you probably already know the things you should do: Eat a healthy diet, get plenty of exercise, manage your weight, minimize stress and make sure you’re seeing your doctor regularly. But there are other things that can put you at risk for heart disease that… See more
In the 1800s, nearly 200,000 Chinese immigrants came to the U.S. to work on the railroads. They brought with them Eastern medicine practices that dated back thousands of years including oil made from a Chinese water snake. The oil was used to treat the sore joints of workers after a long, grueling… See more
For the last few years, hospital workers have generally had only one respiratory illness to focus on – COVID. Patients hospitalized due to respiratory Illness like flu, RSV and pneumonia (unrelated to COVID) were actually kind of rare. Unfortunately, the bugs are back. Since early fall, rates of… See more
Do you see your dentist regularly? If you do, good for you. Unfortunately, only about two-thirds of Americans have seen their dentists in the last 12 months. That’s bad for their teeth, and it may also be bad for their heart. That’s because there’s a link between what’s going on in your mouth and… See more
As an internal medicine physician for 36 years, I was never fond of New Year’s resolutions. They always seemed artificial and destined to fail. And if you’ve ever made one, you probably know what I’m talking about. In fact, about 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions each year, but… See more
Let me fill you in on a little secret: There are many things that will help you live a longer, healthier life. You can eat a better diet (and you should), which will help you manage your weight, lower your blood sugar and keep your cholesterol in check. You can manage stress, which will take a… See more
The year I graduated from medical school, 1982, a brave new world of cardiology was just beginning. Researchers conducting a trial of the drug lovastatin discovered it lowered cholesterol in a small group of patients with a genetic predisposition for dangerously high cholesterol. Patients with this… See more