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When to Worry About Heart Palpitations

Most people feel an unexpected heart thump or flutter now and then. These are heart palpitations, and most are innocent. But there are times when heart palpitations need a doctor’s attention. Keep reading for more details.
Jun 1st, 2023

How to Know if a Heart Murmur Is Dangerous

Heart murmurs are relatively common. Many are harmless, especially those discovered in childhood. But only a doctor can determine if that unusual swishing sound heard via a stethoscope signals a problem with your heart.
May 22nd, 2023

Exercise Lowers CVD Risk For Those With HBP

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of death globally, and hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for CVD. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 108 million adults in t
May 9th, 2023

Introducing Our Dietitian, Danielle Ziegelstein

My name is Danielle and I am a registered dietitian who will be joining Dr. Meyer’s practice! I am very excited to start working with Dr. Meyer and you all, and very excited to announce that you can now start booking with me.
May 2nd, 2023

Sleep Health Is Heart Health

The link between heart health and sleep has been studied extensively, with numerous studies showing that poor sleep quality and quantity can increase the risk of developing various cardiovascular diseases.
Apr 13th, 2023

What to Know About Statin Therapy

Statin therapy may be the boost you need to drop your cholesterol levels and reduce your risks of heart disease. Our specialist explains statin therapy and why he may recommend it as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Apr 6th, 2023

Is Chest Pain Ever Normal?

It’s safe to say that chest pain is never normal. But while it’s probably one of the most discussed heart attack symptoms, not all chest pain comes from the heart. Read how to discover the origins of your pain.
Mar 14th, 2023

More Walking Leads to Lower Cardiovascular Risk

New research published in the journal Circulation has shown that more steps per day lead to a progressively lower risk of cardiovascular disease in older adults. The meta-analysis included eight studies with over 20,000 adult participants in total.
Mar 13th, 2023

New Study: Daily Cannabis Use Raises Heart Disease Risk By 33%

Marijuana, also known as cannabis, has been the subject of much debate and controversy over the years. While some people believe it has various medicinal properties, others view it as a harmful drug that can lead to addiction and other health issues.
Feb 28th, 2023

New AI Models Help To Predict 10-Year Risk of Heart Disease

AI models are helping to predict the 10-year risk of heart disease by utilizing large amounts of data and advanced machine learning techniques. One approach is to use traditional risk factors, such as age, gender, blood pressure, & cholesterol levels.
Feb 16th, 2023

Dehydration May Increase Risk Of Death By Up To 20%

A new study has found that not consuming enough water can increase the risk of death by 20%. The study analyzed data from over 20,000 adults and found a clear link between low water intake and an increased risk of death from all causes.
Jan 24th, 2023

Preventing Job Burnout from Hurting Your Health

Job burnout is a common problem that can seriously affect your health and well-being. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed and disconnected from your work, leading to feelings of exhaustion, cynicism, and a lack of accomplishment.
Jan 19th, 2023

2-Minute Exercise Bursts May Pack A Power Punch For Longevity

A recent study published in the Journal of Physiology found that just two minutes of high-intensity exercise per week can significantly improve cardiovascular health. Short bursts of exercise are also known as high-intensity interval training (HIIT).
Jan 10th, 2023

How to Prevent Holiday Heart Syndrome

'Tis the season of giving and receiving, holiday gatherings and overindulgences. The combination can create what Dr. Philip Ettinger described as "Holiday heart syndrome" (HHS) for the first time in 1978.
Dec 22nd, 2022

Debunking The Myths Of Aging

Assumptions and myths about aging abound. Not surprisingly for myths, they distort and misconcieve how older age will affect us. As we age, it's important to understand and embrace the seemingly endless positive aspects of aging.
Nov 25th, 2022

Sleeping Disorders: Symptoms, Causes & How To Get Relief

Sleep-related difficulties affect many people. The following is a description of some of the major sleep disorders. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing any of the following, it is important to receive an evaluation by a healthcare provider asap.
Nov 17th, 2022

Tips To Improve Your Sleep Hygiene

If you find yourself counting sheep at bedtime, maybe you need better sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene involves implementing certain behaviors and practices for a good night’s sleep. Maintaining good sleep…
Nov 8th, 2022

Reading Changes Your Brain's Focus

Books change your brain’s focus, and as reading is an active activity, it requires complete engagement, separating your day from your night. While everyone’s taste in books varies, I thought I would give some of the books I have read recently.
Oct 28th, 2022

Coffee Linked To Reducing Heart Disease and Increasing Longevity

Drinking 2 to 3 daily cups of coffee, ground, instant, or decaffeinated, is associated with significant reductions in new cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mortality, compared with avoiding coffee, a new analysis of the prospective a UK Biobank suggests.
Oct 18th, 2022

For Patients: Five Teaching Pearls About AFib

Through my recent clinic experiences, I have curated a short list of teaching points that I hope to impress upon my AFib patients during their brief outpatient visit. I don't expect all patients to follow my recommendations...
Aug 31st, 2022

Five Ways to Help Reduce Every Day Stress

Some stress is part of everyone’s life. But there are times when the daily demands of the job or school, the complications of home life, the pressure of living in the New York metropolitan area, and the state of the world.
Jul 7th, 2022

Want to Reduce Stroke Risk? Sit Less. Move More. Do Chores.

A new study from San Diego State University, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA Network Open, found that doing lighter intensity daily activities such as household chores can significantly reduce the risk of stroke. 
Jun 23rd, 2022

More Avocados In Your Diet May Mean Less Cardiovascular Disease

New Study: 2 Servings of Avocado per Week May Cut Heart Disease Risk by 16%. New research finds that two servings of avocado a week may reduce cardiovascular risk. However, note that replacing plant oils with avocado is linked to a 45% higher stroke risk. 
Apr 29th, 2022

Replacing Bad Food Habits With Ones That Are Better For Your Heart

No one food is a magic bullet, and no one food will doom you. The reality is that most people eat both good and bad foods. Most of us try to eat a wholesome, balanced diet and whenever possible couple it with other healthy activities like regular exercise.
Feb 17th, 2022

The Worst Habits for Your Heart's Health

From bad sleep to stress to your diet... It really can hurt your heart and wreck your health. However, there is still a lot one can do to prevent heart disease and, in some cases, even reverse it.
Dec 6th, 2021

CDC: Everyone Ages 18 and Older Should Get a Booster Shot

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday everyone aged 18 years and older should get a booster shot, as it looks to tackle a new and highly infectious strain of the coronavirus that is quickly spreading across the globe.
Nov 30th, 2021

Simple Ways to Help Lower Your Anxiety

Everyone can feel anxious now and then. From tense social situations that make your stomach clench to the nervous sweat some may get going into a dentist or visiting the doctor, in the current culture, there are many situations that can increase anxiety.
Oct 25th, 2021

Pfizer COVID19 Booster Update

Booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are now authorized by the CDC, but only for certain people age 18 years and older who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine more than 6 mos. ago.
Oct 1st, 2021

Going For A Ride - The Benefits Of Biking

Cycling is fantastic exercise, benefiting your overall health and fitness. As a regular activity, cycling can be exceptionally good for cardiovascular fitness, as well as toning muscles, improving physique, and boosting body image.
Aug 26th, 2021

The E-Cigarette Epidemic - The Facts And How To Help

With the recent explosion of vaping, adolescents are among those most vulnerable to its siren call. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is especially harmful to a young person's developing mind.
Jun 16th, 2021

Sleep Health Equals Heart Health

The link between heart health and sleep has been studied extensively, with numerous studies showing that poor sleep quality and quantity can increase the risk of developing various cardiovascular diseases.
Mar 3rd, 2021

Healthy Habits That Lead To Improved Longevity

The proof abounds. By adding healthy habits like not smoking, exercising, and maintaining a good weight, those who live into their nineties and hundreds not only have remarkably fewer instances of age-related chronic disease - heart disease, cancer.
Dec 17th, 2022

Where & How To Get Your NYC COVID-19 Vaccine

New Yorkers in Phase 1a & 1b ARE NOW eligible, those groups include the following: Age 65 and older. A patient in a Nursing home regulated by the NYS Department of Health (DOH).
Jan 14th, 2021

How to Avoid Holiday Heart Syndrome

Tis the season of giving and receiving, holiday gatherings and overindulgences. The combination can create what Dr. Philip Ettinger described as "Holiday heart syndrome" (HHS) for the first time in 1978.
Dec 25th, 2020

It's OK To Worry About Your Local Movie Theaters

It’s a beautiful, sunny morning, and spring is in the air. There should be a bounce to your step as you prepare to decamp from your home, meet your friends for coffee, head into the office, and begin another wonderful day.
May 4th, 2020

Optimism May Be Positively Good For Your Heart

A recent NY Times article cited a number of recent long-term studies that linked greater optimism to a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other chronic ailments, and to fostering "exceptional longevity."
Mar 16th, 2020

Top Heart Healthy Apps & Devices For 2020

In 2017, Stanford University researchers began a study sponsored by Apple that looked at the effectiveness of cardiac apps installed in the Apple Watch. Last month, those researchers published their paper in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Jan 22nd, 2020

Sleep & Heart Disease - Dangerous Bedfellows

One of the least mentioned factors that can contribute to heart disease is sleep. There are several risk factors that people can’t control such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, and family history.
Oct 29th, 2019

The Detrimental Effects Of Too Much Sitting

Sitting for long periods is a near daily occurrence for millions of people in modern society due to office jobs and other lifestyle circumstances. Sadly, this situation does not feed into your hopes of promoting good health.
Oct 12th, 2019

Are You Getting The Exercise You Need?

Staying active is one of the best ways to keep our bodies healthy. Most Americans don’t get enough exercise and, therefore, don’t reap the health benefits.
Aug 27th, 2019