Thyroid Nodules: Best to Check that Lump in Your Throat

As an endocrinologist, one of the most common medical conditions that I look for during a physical examination is the presence of thyroid nodules. These are solid or fluid-filled lumps that form within your thyroid, a small gland located at the base of your neck, just above your breastbone. They are quite common and fortunately, […]

Echocardiogram: Knowing the State of Your Heart

When you visit a cardiologist, you may be confused as to why you need an echocardiogram when you just had an electrocardiogram. They are actually two different tests that provide somewhat different information. An electrocardiogram, or EKG, is printed on a sheet of paper and provides a snapshot of the electrical patterns of your heart […]

Knowing the Rhythm of Your Heart

One of my favorite hobbies is playing tennis. During practice, my coach reminds us that we need to focus on our timing, movement and preparation for each stroke. As I thought about that advice, I realized those words summarized the function of the heart. Timing – the electrical system is the spark of life that […]

Exercise for Your Heart and Your Well-Being

As we age, we lose muscle mass and strength.  This process is accelerated in persons who are not physically active.  Physical activity keeps us healthier and living longer, while decreasing the risks of diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and dementia, to name a few. Any activity is better than none. It […]

Eat Like the French for Better Health

Open the newspaper, turn on the radio or television, or read the magazine covers in the checkout line at the supermarket and you’ll be bombarded with tips and tricks for weight loss. Eat for your blood type, or only raw produce, or no carbs, or protein shakes, or powerhouse smoothies. Our country has a mind-boggling […]

For Heart-healthy Eating, Try Mediterranean

In early 2013, The New York Times reported on a scientific study that adds another bit of support to the link between a Mediterranean-style diet and heart disease prevention. Since the 1950s, we have known that people living in countries and regions bordering the Mediterranean Sea — Southern Italy, Greece, Spain — have less heart disease […]

Fight Stress with Healthy Habits

Most of us experience stress. The economy may be hitting hard. A lot of people worry about keeping their job. Raising kids can be tough. That is why it is so important to develop healthy habits for fighting stress. When you’re stressed, your body is on high alert all the time. As part of its […]

High Blood Pressure: What Can You Do to Avoid Medicines?

According to the latest guidelines of the Joint National Committee on the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of Hypertension, anyone whose blood pressure is greater than 120 over 80 (120/80) should change his or her lifestyle to help avoid hypertension (high blood pressure). The higher number is called “systolic” and the lower number is “diastolic.” […]

Vitamin D and Prevention of Heart Disease

Vitamin D is vital for preventing rickets and building strong bones. Despite its importance, 30-50% of Americans do not get enough.  Individuals at highest risk for vitamin D deficiency are obese and dark skinned individuals. Some studies show that low levels of vitamin D in the blood (<30ng/ml) are associated with a greater likelihood of […]

Who’s Who in Diets for Heart Health

You’ve just found out that you have heart disease, or heart disease risk factors, and you want to change the way you eat. Eating for better heart health does not involve just one type of diet – several different approaches can help reduce risk factors and lessen the likelihood of a heart attack or other […]