Category Archives: Heart disease

Why small LDL particles are the #1 cause of heart disease in the US

Ask your doctor: What is the #1 cause of heart disease in the US? Let’s put aside smoking, since it is an eminently modifiable risk and none of those crazies read this blog anyway. What will your doctor say? Most … Continue reading

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What your doctor doesn’t know about heart disease

What causes coronary heart disease or coronary atherosclerotic plaque, this thing that we track with heart scans? Well, here are a few little-publicized facts about heart disease that you are unlikely to hear from your When’s-the-next-stent? cardiologist or the What … Continue reading

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Divorce court for the doctor-patient relationship?

The doctor-patient relationship has gone sour. This probably comes as no surprise to most of you, particularly if you’ve been following conversations here in The Heart Scan Blog: Who is your doctor? discussing the emergence of the physician-as-hospital-employee phenomenon that … Continue reading

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Who is your doctor?

Primary care physicians are the initial entry point for healthcare for the majority of Americans. Develop pneumonia; go to your family or internal medicine physician (internist) to be prescribed an antibiotic. Need your blood pressure or cholesterol checked? Develop a … Continue reading

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The “Heart Healthy” scam

Like many scams, this one follows a predictable formula. It is a formula widely practiced among food manufacturers, ever since food products began to jockey for position based on nutritional composition and purported health benefits. First, identify a component of … Continue reading

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Exploitation of trust

Once upon a time, the tobacco industry was guilty of conducting a widespread, systematic, highly organized campaign to deliver their product to as much of the unsuspecting public as possible. As clinical data mounted linking smoking and health problems like … Continue reading

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Bait and switch

“When banks compete, you win.” The TV ad opens with a 60-something man sitting in his living room, talking to a three-piece suit-clad, 30-something banker. The older man is explaining to the dismayed younger man why he’s going to use … Continue reading

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Privileged information

In 1910, taking a person’s blood pressure was considered revolutionary, a high-tech practice that was of uncertain benefit. Dr. Harvey Cushing of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore had observed a blood pressure device while traveling in Europe, developed by Dr. … Continue reading

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Dr. Jeffrey Dach on the Track Your Plaque program

Dr. Jeffrey Dach posted a great piece on his blog, Bioidentical Hormone Blog , about his perspective on the Track Your Plaque program. It’s worth reading even for those familiar with the program, just to see a slightly different perspective. … Continue reading

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“Average amount of heart disease for age”

A 72-year old woman came to my office after a complicated hospital stay (unrelated to heart disease). She’d undergone a CT coronary angiogram and heart scan as part of a pre-operative evaluation prior to a surgery for a non-heart related … Continue reading

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