January 2023

How participating in Dry January can help your heart health

Alcohol can significantly affect multiple organs in the body and disrupt some normal patterns in sleep and blood pressure. Alcohol’s effects on blood can also affect the heart.

Frank Gaffney, M.D., is a noninvasive cardiologist with the Oklahoma Heart Institute, and director of cardiology at Bailey Medical Center. He shares three ways that lowering or eliminating alcohol consumption can change the body:

1. Lowers blood pressure

Cave part of milestone of innovation at Oklahoma Heart Institute

Larry Cave would tell you he’s been living on borrowed time since he was 16, when a brain surgeon saved his life after a car crash. With the help of medical providers over the years, Cave has survived a cancer diagnosis, a heart attack and multiple surgeries. In the last decade, Cave has been part of a milestone of innovation at the Oklahoma Heart Institute that saved his life again.

Dr. Frank Gaffney fuses family, fitness with functional exercise routines

A cardiologist at Oklahoma Heart Institute is spending his free time prepping his body for real-life movements with a specific exercise style. He says this kind of fitness could even help his patients who are in cardiac rehabilitation.

Frank Gaffney, M.D., is a noninvasive cardiologist who specializes in transesophageal echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and coronary angiography. When he isn’t with patients or reading lab results, Dr. Gaffney hits the gym with his family.