Living Well Blog

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
By Janet Tiberian
December 8, 2017
For years high blood pressure was defined as a reading of 140/90 or higher. Now 130/80 or higher is considered high or hypertensive, according to new scientific guidelines released by the… See more
By Janet Tiberian
November 7, 2017
Sudden cardiac arrest is scary: Someone collapses. They have no pulse, they’re not breathing, and they have a complete loss of consciousness. Their heart has suddenly and unexpectedly stopped beating. Usually, they die. In fact, about 350,000 Americans will suffer a sudden cardiac arrest this year… See more
By Janet Tiberian
November 6, 2017
The average American gets about 10 percent of their calories from added sugars. Added sugars — from high fructose corn syrup to honey — are sugars and syrups that manufacturers add to processed foods. Ten percent may not seem like very much, but added sugars are empty calories that can lead to… See more
By Louis B Malinow, MD
MDVIP
July 11, 2017
Eating the right foods for your heart is especially important if you have atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ACSVD), which occurs when plaque builds up in your arteries. A heart-healthy diet can also help prevent ACSVD. But if you’re confused about what to put in your grocery cart, you’re not… See more
By Janet Tiberian
July 11, 2017
At age 61, Oscar Mestas didn’t have any obvious symptoms of cardiovascular disease. His cholesterol and blood pressure were normal. And he was physically active—he spent his career as an urban forester for the Texas Forest Service. Hiking and backpacking were part of his job. In his spare time, he… See more
By Janet Tiberian
June 21, 2017
Until a few years ago, millennials were the driving force behind sales of Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar and other so-called energy drinks. But that trend has been changing. In fact, Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers are now significant consumers of the highly caffeinated beverages.

While energy… See more
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