Living Well Blog

By Dr. Andrea Klemes
September 15, 2023
If you’ve taken part in the MDVIP Wellness Program, you may have had your blood tested for myeloperoxidase or MPO. It’s one of the tests that may be included when your doctor draws blood. MDVIP added this option so physicians would have an additional tool to better identify heart disease risk —… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
September 13, 2023
Vegetarianism has gotten a lot of hype over the last 15 years. A lifestyle once written off as earthy crunchy, went mainstream around 2010.There are many reasons people go vegetarian, with the most popular being health. Studies suggest a vegetarian lifestyle may help: 
•    Lower the risk for… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
June 15, 2023
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 study presented at an American College of Cardiology meeting. IBD is an umbrella term for conditions that involve chronic inflammation of the… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
May 15, 2023
Many people find living in rural areas desirable. When compared to urban, even suburban living, a rural lifestyle usually includes a bigger home, a greater connection to nature and brighter nighttime skies. Rural residents also benefit from the peace and tranquility they experience in their… See more
By A. Alan Reisinger, III, MD, FACP
May 13, 2023
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
By A. Alan Reisinger, III, MD, FACP
April 21, 2023
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
By A. Alan Reisinger, III, MD, FACP
April 7, 2023
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
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
February 18, 2023
American hearts are in trouble with the pandemic and a resurgence of smoking among some groups to blame. Newly released statistics from the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health paint a sobering picture of America’s heart health. This is especially prevalent among… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
February 16, 2023
Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure. This is a major concern: High blood pressure raises the risk for heart attack, heart failure and stroke. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize they have high blood pressure. It’s known as the “silent killer” because there are seldom… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
January 20, 2023
Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of music legend Elvis Presley, recently passed from a sudden cardiac arrest. She was 54.  During an NFL football game in early January, Damar Hamlin collapsed after a hit. Reports suggested he too had cardiac arrest. He survived due to immediate, on-field medical… See more