Living Well Blog

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
By Louis B Malinow, MD
MDVIP
February 16, 2018
I realize it’s already February, but I have a resolution for you. Focus less on your cholesterol numbers. Make 2018 the year you switched your attention to your insulin level, inflammation level and LDL (bad cholesterol) particle number. Yes, I know, for years you’ve been told that cholesterol… See more
By Louis B Malinow, MD
MDVIP
February 15, 2018
Every so often I have a new patient and need to scour their medical record to prepare for their appointment. In all the years I’ve been practicing, I often notice that records are missing appropriate testing to assess risk of a heart attack. This also includes records from cardiology offices. Yes… See more
By Dr. Andrea Klemes
MDVIP
February 14, 2018
You may know that inflammation is an important aspect of health, but if you’re like most people, you don’t know exactly why. That’s understandable. Inflammation is a complex process.  Sometimes inflammation is a good thing, like when you cut yourself shaving. Your body sends cells to the source of… See more
By Janet Tiberian
February 9, 2018
Catching the flu may have more serious consequences than a few weeks in bed: It can trigger heart attacks, according to a new study published by The New England Journal of Medicine.  Medical experts have suspected a connection between the flu (and other respiratory illnesses) and heart… See more
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