Living Well Blog

By Brett A. Wohler, MD
October 15, 2018
Have you heard about at-home genetic screening kits that analyze your genes for disease risk? All you do is send off a saliva sample to a company to find out whether you’re genetically predisposed to get certain illnesses. Doctors having been ordering genetic health-risk screening tests for years… See more
By Janet Tiberian
September 14, 2018
Heart failure affects 6.5 million Americans. And the numbers continue rising. American Heart Association reported the number of heart failure cases rose by 800,000 between 2012 and 2017. But there’s some good news: For women, walking may be a key to preventing it.… See more
By Janet Tiberian
August 17, 2018
More than one-third of Americans take multivitamins, despite little evidence that they help (there’s little evidence they cause harm either). And now a new study says multivitamins don’t promote cardiovascular health. … See more
By Janet Tiberian
August 17, 2018
Here’s one more reason to give up smoking: brain calcifications. If you smoke or have diabetes, you have an increased risk of developing calcifications in the hippocampus, the portion of the brain responsible for memory, emotions and… See more
July 17, 2018
As a family physician in Alexandria, Virginia, I’m routinely asked by patients, “What should I eat to lower my cholesterol?” It’s an important question. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance in all your cells. When you have too much of it, it can stick to the lining of your blood vessels,… See more
By Janet Tiberian
April 13, 2018
The connection between cardiovascular disease risk and obesity is not new. But a recent study has better defined that risk based on body mass index (BMI).  Being obese, measured as a BMI of 30 or greater, increases your risk for cardiovascular disease and a shorter lifespan, according to a new… See more
By Janet Tiberian
April 13, 2018
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have a 23 percent higher chance of having a heart attack than patients with normal guts, according to a recent study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 2018 meeting. IBD is an umbrella term for conditions that involve chronic … See more
By Louis B Malinow, MD
MDVIP
March 17, 2018
Supplementing with fish oil is now linked with lowering your risk of cardiac death, according to a recent meta-analysis published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology. It’s only a moderate eight percent reduction, but I’ll take it. I’m sure you’ve heard about the health benefits of omega… See more
By Janet Tiberian
March 17, 2018
The MIND diet, created by researchers at Rush University Medical Center, seems to forestall Alzheimer’s disease, boost brain health and slow cognitive decline in stroke survivors, according to a previous study. The MIND… See more
By Merritt W. Dunlap, MD
March 1, 2018
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. This is nothing new – heart disease has been identified as a major public health problem for the past 80 years.  What is new is how we’re trying to prevent it. Since about half heart attacks in the United States occur in… See more
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