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Your heart and kidneys – closer than you think

Categories: Diabetes  /  Heart Health

Your body’s organ systems don’t function in silos, and Dr. Anand Prasad doesn’t think your healthcare should, either. Imagine you are looking inside the human body. It’s easy to identify the big, separate organs: there’s the heart, up in the chest, pumping away at its job of distributing blood throughout the system; look a little lower down toward the back and you’ll find the kidneys, the bean-shaped objects busily filtering the blood as it moves. One moves it, one cleans it. They need each other. It’s a relationship. And it’s complicated. “Kidney disease itself is a risk factor for heart …Read More >

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Man in blue shirt is holding a weekly pill organizer and is putting an orange pill into Tuesday's slot.

Could skipping meds lead to a second heart attack?

Categories: Heart Health

Many heart patients aren’t taking their medicine. Are they at greater risk for another heart attack? Imagine: the shortness of breath and the occasional chest pain you’ve been feeling intensifies. You’re rushed to the emergency room where doctors decide you need bypass surgery to survive. Then, following surgery, your cardiologist prescribes five medications you’ve never taken before. You feel brain-fogged, exhausted, achy and depressed. Is it part of the recovery process or the new drugs? Do you have to take all those pills? Results of a study published by the American College of Cardiology show that proper medication can reduce …Read More >

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The flu can raise the risk of heart attack

Categories: Flu  /  Heart Health  /  News

The news about flu this season just keeps getting worse. Not only has this been a really bad influenza season by most accounts, but a newly published study now adds a lot more evidence to the notion that flu also raises the risk of heart attacks — a life-threatening connection that was long suspected but never proven. The study by Canadian researchers, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, examined test results from nearly 20,000 adults in Ontario with lab-confirmed flu between 2009 and 2014, and matched them to hospital records. That allowed them to see which patients with lab-confirmed flu had heart attacks. They found patients …Read More >

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