Lower Inflammation to Reduce Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Dr. Andrea Klemes
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 the injury to clot blood and attack foreign substances. 


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About the Author
Dr. Andrea Klemes
Dr. Andrea Klemes
, MDVIP

Dr. Andrea Klemes is the Chief Medical Officer of MDVIP. She also serves as the executive and organizational leader of MDVIP’s Medical Advisory Board that supports quality and innovation in the delivery of the healthcare model drawing expertise from the affiliated physicians. Dr. Klemes oversees MDVIP’s impressive outcomes data and research including hospital utilization and readmission statistics, quality of disease management in the MDVIP network and the ability to identify high-risk patients and intervene early. She is instrumental in the adoption of the Electronic Health Record use in MDVIP-affiliated practices and the creation of the data warehouse. Dr. Klemes is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology and a fellow of the American College of Endocrinology. Dr. Klemes received her medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an internal medicine residency at Cabrini Medical Center in Manhattan, New York and an Endocrine and Metabolism Fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Prior to joining MDVIP, Dr. Klemes worked at Procter & Gamble in the areas of personal healthcare, women’s health and digestive wellness and served as North American Medical Director for bone health. She spent 10 years in private practice specializing in endocrinology and metabolism in Tallahassee, Florida. In addition, Dr. Klemes held leadership roles with the American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association and as Medical Director of the Diabetes Center in Tallahassee and Panama City, Florida, as well as Chief of the Department of Medicine at Tallahassee Community Hospital. She has been a consultant and frequent lecturer and has completed broad clinical research in diabetes and osteoporosis and published extensively.

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Flu Raises Your Risk for a Heart Attack Seven Days After It Strikes

Janet Tiberian
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 attacks for years but weren’t able to confirm it. That’s because most people are diagnosed with the flu based on symptoms not a specific test. 

But Canadian researchers used hospital-based data to get around that problem and study the association. 


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Janet Tiberian
Janet Tiberian

Janet Tiberian is MDVIP's health educator. She has more than 25 years experience in chronic disease prevention and therapeutic exercise.

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Minestrone with Endive & Pepperoni

Considering that this minestrone soup incorporates mostly frozen vegetables, it is remarkably savory and aromatic. Look for frozen soup or stew vegetables with potatoes, carrots, celery and onion in the mix to give the soup the best flavor. Although pepperoni isn't traditionally part of minestrone soup, you'll find it's a great shortcut to add spicy, complex flavor. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.


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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

This zesty Cajun-style pasta is full of lean chicken, peppers and onions. Serve with sautéed green beans.

IngredientsCreamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

8 ounces whole-wheat fusilli or rotini

1 tablespoon canola oil

2 slices bacon, chopped

1 large sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced


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Chocolate Fondue

The chocolate will stiffen if it gets cold, so enjoy it while it's still warm. Skewer and dip anything you like—pear slices, dried apricots, even marshmallows.

IngredientsChocolate Fondue

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped

2 tablespoons heavy cream

1 tablespoon brewed espresso, (see Kitchen Tip)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt


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Avocado-Corn Salsa

A fresh salsa of avocado and corn is great with simple sautéed fish or just about anything Mexican-inspired—huevos rancheros, a quick quesadilla or atop rice and beans.

 

Ingredients 4 servingsAvocado Corn Salsa

1 medium avocado, diced Hass Avocados

3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed


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Five-Spice Chicken & Orange Salad

Five-spice powder is a Chinese seasoning shortcut combining multiple flavors in one convenient package. Tossed with orange juice and chicken, it makes a terrific salad with a complex, layered taste that belies the simple recipe.

IngredientsMake This Tasty Five-Spice Chicken & Orange Salad

6 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided


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10 Rules for Preventing Cardiovascular Disease and Other Sugar-Related Illnesses

By Louis B. Malinow, MD
January 12, 2018

Sugar is toxic. No, it won’t kill in seconds like cyanide does, but it does kill—in a slow, insidious manner. Sugar is linked to a wide variety of conditions, including heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Just look at the different types of diabetes, and you’ll realize I’m on to something.


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MDVIP has enabled me to practice medicine in the manner patients deserve. The time I have available allows me to form very close bonds with my patients to help to facilitate a level of trust and comfort that is difficult to find in a traditional practice. As a cholesterol and blood pressure specialist, I tend to take a very aggressive preventive approach to medicine, which I believe will be extrememly beneficial decades down the road. My patients appreciate my emphasis on wellness and my dedication to remaining on top of current medical information. The ability to positively impact so many lives is such a privilege; I really can't wait to get to work every day!

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Spicy Foods May Help Lower Salt Cravings

Janet Tiberian
By Janet Tiberian
January 12, 2018

You probably crave salty food from time to time -- whether it’s crunchy potato chips or a slice of pizza. A wide range of variables can trigger a salt craving, throwing a monkey wrench into your diet. But there’s good news: Eating spicy foods can curb your salt cravings, according to a study published in Hypertension.


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Janet Tiberian
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Janet Tiberian is MDVIP's health educator. She has more than 25 years experience in chronic disease prevention and therapeutic exercise.

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The Truth Behind 3 Common Flu Shot Misconceptions

Janet Tiberian
By Janet Tiberian
January 12, 2018

Influenza, commonly referred to “the flu” is a highly contagious respiratory virus with many different strains. Flu shots are an obvious strategy to help prevent the flu, yet only about 40 percent of Americans get a flu vaccine each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Maybe you skip the flu shot because you’re wondering if you get sick from the flu shot. Or you feel the vaccine doesn’t work. There are a few misconceptions regarding flu shots and here are the facts behind them.

Misconception: Flu Shots Don’t Work


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