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October 2013

Minute for Your Heart - Choosing the Right Heart Arrhythmia Monitor

Cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. David Sandler joins us today on the blog to talk about heart monitors for arrhythmia patients.

Patients who experience symptoms such as palpitation or fainting spells are often prescribed monitors in order to catch a potential heart rhythm abnormality. Choosing the proper monitor requires the provider to take a thorough history and have knowledge of potential diagnostic tools.

What Should We Learn from President Bush’s “Potentially Life-Threatening” Heart Condition?

National Journal article published Oct. 11, two months after President George W. Bush underwent a heart catheritization to have a stent clear and open a blocked artery, says his heart health was more serious than first believed – potentially life-threatening. The 95-percent blockage that sent the former Commander-in-Chief known for his regular runs to a Texas hospital was first discovered during a routine stress test. President Bush was not experiencing any symptoms of a heart attack.

Does Sitting Trump Smoking?

There is a new term making its way around the Internet – “Sitting is the new smoking.” If it sounds shocking, it’s meant to, as researchers are taking a long, hard look at how we spend our time and what impact that is having on our health. Just as smoking a little is still smoking, sitting all week is still sitting, even though you also find time to work out. What they have found you may not want to sit down for, so go ahead and stand up.

We sit way too much

Tulsan Saved by New Heart Valve Replacement Procedure - NewsOn6

A revolutionary procedure for heart patients is celebrating one-and-a-half years of getting Oklahomans back on their feet. The procedure is for patients who are too sick for open heart surgery but facing long odds of survival.

One Tulsa man says the procedure is almost too good to be true.

"I tell you, it's hard to grasp. It's almost been a year of euphoria," said Jim Meehan.

Minute for Your Heart - Are E-cigarettes an effective smoking cessation aid?

Dr. Neil Agrawal joins us on the blog today to share information on the results of a new study examining the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid.

An electronic cigarette (or e-cigarette),
personal vaporizer (PV), or electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) is an
electronic inhaler. It has recently gained popularity with millions of people
trying it as a substitute or utilize as a cessation aid for traditional tobacco
cigarettes. There are 5.5 trillion cigarettes smoke globally.