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Can’t Win For Losing


This morning while eating breakfast I came across a story in the newspaper announcing that an occasional glass of wine can increase a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer by 15%. I immediately rushed across the room to where my wife was standing and swatted the Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007 out of her hand before she had a chance to take her first deadly sip. Her mouth dropped open and her eyes gleamed with what I’m sure was gratitude for my quick thinking and decisive action. The next moment, though, the fact that I’m a heart doctor popped into my head and I recalled that we cardiologists have been promoting the heart-friendly attributes of regular wine ingestion for years. … Continue reading

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Stressed out By Stress


Currently I am sitting in my office being stressed about writing my blog.  What to write about?  I tend to procrastinate at times and this would be one of them.  As I write I feel the tension in my shoulders and neck.  This is where I and most people I know and treat “carry” their stress.  So why not discuss stress and all that it does to our bodies and minds. We all suffer from it at some point in time if not regularly. Stress is a compounding factor in our day to day lives and the functioning of ourselves as living beings.  There is “good stress” and “bad stress”.  I never understood the concept of calling stress good.  I … Continue reading

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Alcohol + Caffeine does not equal a good time


  On Thanksgiving I had my brother-in-law bring up the alcohol and caffeine drink that is all over the news: Four Loko.  Apparently he got a can given to him by a co-worker of his.  To my surprise he was afraid to drink it.  This was partly due to the combination of the stimulant caffeine, and a depressant alcohol.  He also mentioned that it cost only $2.50 for a 24 oz. can, the alcohol was probably one step up from rubbing alcohol. My take on this combination is simple: these two ingredients are a bad combination.  First of all caffeine is a stimulant that has been linked to high blood pressure, tachycardia (fast heart rate), urinary frequency and of course … Continue reading

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Question from a reader: Greetings, I enjoy your nephrology blog. My best friend’s blood pressure is stage 1 and seldom reaches stage 2. He is taking lisinopril 5mg a day, follows a special diet, and exercises 2-3 times a week; however, he drinks Whiskey and sometimes beer at least three times a week. Is there a direct effect from alcohol with blood pressure? If yes, is there a specific type of alcohol that has less of an effect? Do we have to send him for treatment? Kindly advise in this regard. Your help in this matter will be highly appreciated. Thank you so much for your question. Alcohol affects the body in many ways, both positively and negatively. Excess alcohol … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Prevent a Stroke


Lists are big.  I love them and so do most people.  For me they do three things.  They give me a pithy, terse overview of a particular subject without the need to delve into it too far.  They validate (or repudiate, as the case may be) my own frame of reference on a subject.  And they spark discussion and controversy.  Although I have no authoritative source on the subject, I believe top ten lists must have originated with the FBI (“most wanted”), or Casey Kasem, or even the Moses’ original “top ten.”  A few years back the American Film Institute generated some controversy by creating lists of the 100 best films of the last 100 years and followed up with … Continue reading

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