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Eric Van De Graaff, M.D.

Chest Pain and the Boy Who Cried Wolf


Cardiology

Of all the questions I get, this is probably one of the hardest: How do I know when to call 911 if I get chest pain? This usually comes from a patient with prior experience in the world of cardiac illness, someone who already owns a coronary stent who now wonders about every ache and pain he feels in his chest. This is an especially vexing issue for the patient whose recurrent symptoms turn out to be false alarms.  Patients are often chastised by medical personnel and family members for ignoring the early symptoms of a heart attack, but when they come back to the ER for vague aches and pains that turn out to be noncardiac, they feel like … Continue reading

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Eric Van De Graaff, M.D.

Mr. Cheney’s Heart


Cardiology

  This last week the newspapers reported on yet another chapter in the story of Dick Cheney’s ongoing struggle with heart disease.  The former vice president was admitted to George Washington Hospital in June for “chest pain” and has now announced that he underwent surgical placement of a heart pump. Mr. Cheney’s long-running saga of cardiac issues reads more like an exhaustive treatise on cardiovascular disease than a personal biography.  He suffered his first heart attack in 1978 at the tender age of 37 and with that gave up his longstanding smoking habit.  Just ten years (and two heart attacks) later he underwent coronary artery bypass surgery.   Since that time he’s had at least one more heart attack, episodes of … Continue reading

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Eric Van De Graaff, M.D.

Stress Relief


Cardiology

  While reading the New York Times last week I came across an article announcing the passing of Dr. James W. Black, a noted Scottish pharmacologist, and while I am reluctant to write two drug-related blog posts in a row I feel obliged to dedicate a few words to his accomplishments. (Of note, those of you fond of the world of pharmacology history may enjoy previous posts on nitroglycerin, warfarin, digitalis, and aspirin.  For those of you who have no interest in this, count yourself lucky) Back in the mid-1950s doctors were eager to have more choices available to treat cardiac angina.  Nitroglycerin had existed in one form or another for several decades but fell short of providing adequate relief … Continue reading

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Alegent Creighton Health

Chest Pain Accredi-what?


Cardiology

Hospitals are always bragging about their latest accreditation or certification. Sure, they’re important marks of achievement – but, let’s be honest, that doesn’t really mean a whole lot to you, the patient … right? Unfortunately, it should. Knowing where a hospital’s strengths lie – could one day save your life. Take, for example, our announcement that our five metro hospitals were re-accredited as Certified Chest Pain Centers. Steve Kline didn’t know anything about Chest Pain Centers or why they are important – but, luckily, he found himself in one when he really needed it. So … do you know where your nearest Chest Pain Center is?

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Alegent Creighton Health

Health information you can use – direct to your mailbox


Cardiology

This week, we’re putting the final touches on our next issue of the Alegent Health Newsletter. Every edition is chocked full of local health news and links you can actually use (view a sample issue here). This month’s lineup includes: – a video introducing you to Chest Pain Centers – and why it’s important to know where the nearest one is! – a Q&A with one of our favorite clinical dietitians about Heart Healthy Cooking – a myth-busting cardiology quiz We’re going to send out the February edition next week. So sign up today to make sure you don’t miss it!

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