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What May Have Caused the Tragic Death of the Angels’ Tyler Skaggs, the Danger of Media Speculation Jul 2nd, 2019

What May Have Caused the Tragic Death of the Angels’ Tyler Skaggs, the Danger of Media Speculation, and a Cautionary Tale for Young Athletes: In an all-too-familiar and tragic story, another young athlete has died under mysterious circumstances, leaving fans devastated, and uninformed media and gossip types to speculate on...

False News: Miss Teen Universe - Death From Heart Attack Apr 10th, 2019

Although it’s considered very rare, dying from a heart attack at a very young age, is still very possible. And by very young, I mean people younger than 40 years old. But, most likely, for the individuals who experienced a heart attack at a very young age, their heart attack...

Coffee and My Heart Mar 17th, 2019

What’s better in the morning than a fresh, hot and steamy good old cup of Joe? Well, for most Americans, it’s the first thing we do in the morning when we wake up. It wakes us up, it increases our metabolism and it gives us that little boost of energy...

Myth or Fact: Can a "Broken Heart" kill me? Feb 13th, 2019

Have you ever wondered where the analogy of a broken heart originated from? Well, either way, don’t forget to show your appreciation to the people closest to your heart this Valentine's Day because they might have more of an effect on your heart health than you originally thought. Romantic comedies...

Heart Attacks Are Real - Dinner with Professor Rivka Carmi, President of Ben Gurion University Dec 3rd, 2018

This past weekend I was one of 20 people invited to an intimate dinner in Los Angeles, honoring the first woman to serve as president of an Israeli university, Professor Rivka Carmi, a Harvard educated pediatrician and geneticist.  Since 2006 she has been the President of Ben Gurion University of...

The Fitness Tracker Craze Nov 5th, 2018

It seems like the “fitness tracker craze” is stronger than ever. I’ve been getting tons of emails asking about pedometers, wearable devices (like the FitBit), and smartphones. And based on all those emails, here are... The Top 3 Questions About Fitness Trackers: Will a fitness tracker help me get fit?...

Does “Bringing Sexy Back” Raise Risk of Heart Attack? Oct 2nd, 2018

In commercials for erectile-dysfunction drugs such as Viagra or Cialis, as we see the happy middle-aged or older couple about to enjoy themselves thanks to the magic of modern medicine, the announcer’s voice-over warns: “Ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for sex.” But do people really pay attention to that disclaimer?...

Sugar is bad for you Jun 1st, 2018

Sugary treats like cakes, cookies, and candies are all associated with celebrating... They’re a staple, whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or holiday.And that’s okay. After all, a special occasion calls for a special treat.However, with the amount of sugar we consume... we’ve turned EVERY DAY into a special occasion.In...

Why You Should Know About Lipoprotein (a) Apr 2nd, 2018

Hey! What’s Your Lp(a)! Why You Should Know About Lipoprotein (a)You probably know your blood pressure, your total cholesterol, hopefully your “good cholesterol” (HDL), and your “bad cholesterol” (LDL), but hey—what about your Lp(a)?  Bet you don’t know what I’m even talking about—and that’s OK, —because neither do many physicians—which...

The Obesity Paradox Mar 12th, 2018

I have a riddle for you: There are 2 heart disease patients…Patient #1 is 5’9 and weighs 170 lbs.,Patient #2 is 5’9 and weighs 230 lbs.Who will live longer?The answer seems obvious, right? The person with their weight under control. Well, hold on…You see, in some studies, such as the...

What would you do in this situation? Feb 2nd, 2018

IMAGINE THIS...........You’re running through a jungle, being chased by a ferocious tiger, and suddenly you come to a cliff.Being the resourceful person you are, you notice a vine hanging from the side of the rock face. You grab ahold of it, and begin to climb down.You think you’re free from...

President Trump Has Heart Disease Jan 17th, 2018

Yesterday, President Donald Trump's presidential physical examination results were announced by Dr. Jackson, his physician. He declared President Trump to be in "excellent health". However, as a leading preventive cardiologist, it is my opinion that President Trump has mild heart disease.  Even though his overall health is average, his overall...

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (That’s Been Clogging My Arteries for the Last 60 Years)! Jan 2nd, 2018

Can you believe that we have been blaming the wrong fat for heart disease problems? For the past 60 years, we have labeled saturated fat as the nasty culprit responsible for heart attacks - the solid fat in meats, whole milk, cream, and butter. The basis for that theory started...

Dr. B the Heart Doc On The New High Blood Pressure Guidelines Dec 12th, 2017

If you haven’t heard about it yet, this is big news. The American Heart Association, in coordination with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) has just changed a major guideline for how hypertension (high blood pressure) is defined in the United States for the first time since 2003. Now, if...

Low Serum Calcium Levels Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death. Oct 30th, 2017

Low Serum Calcium Levels Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death, Says Shocking Cedars-Sinai Study; Calcium Conundrum Continues.Recently, researchers at the renowned Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute published a study[1] suggesting that even patients who came in at the lower end of the normal range for serum calcium levels (according to the FDA normal range...