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The New Understanding About Alcohol and Your Gut's Microbiome Feb 21st, 2024

Adobe Stock Lic. # 428620029 The intricate dance between alcohol consumption and the gut microbiome is an area of scientific inquiry that has gained considerable attention in recent years. The gut microbiome, a complex community of microbes residing in our digestive system, plays a crucial role in our overall health,...

The Many Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate Feb 14th, 2024

Adobe Stock License # 451894191 Dark chocolate, often revered for its rich taste and indulgence, also harbors an array of health benefits that go beyond mere pleasure. This blog post delves into the surprising and multifaceted health benefits of dark chocolate, from promoting heart health to supporting brain function, balancing...

The Health Benefits of Salmon: A Deep Dive into Nutrition and Choices Feb 8th, 2024

Adobe Stock License | #268224064 Salmon, a popular fish known for its distinctive pinkish hue and rich flavor, is not just a culinary delight but also a powerhouse of nutrition. But, why is salmon such a healthy food choice, and which salmon is best for you, farm-raised or wild-caught varieties?...

Lowering Your Biological Age Can Improve Heart Health (Here Are Some Essential Steps How) Jan 27th, 2024

AdobeStock Lic. 507918532 There is new research out from the American Heart Association  that shows a link between strong heart health and slower biological aging, and best of all? There are specific steps that can you can take to help get there.  About the study The research, by the American...

10 Tips to Protect Your Brain's Health Jan 17th, 2024

Adobe Stock License | #241431741 The human brain, a complex and vital organ, requires care and maintenance to remain healthy throughout our lives. With the rise in cognitive diseases like Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, it's increasingly important to adopt lifestyle habits that support brain health. Drawing on insights...

New Study: Lowering Dietary Sodium Lowers Blood Pressure Jan 9th, 2024

AdobeStock Lic. 331001454  A recent study published in JAMA on November 11, 2023, presents groundbreaking findings regarding the impact of dietary sodium intake on blood pressure, particularly in middle-aged to elderly individuals. A decline in blood pressure (BP) going from a high- to a low-sodium diet was confirmed regardless of...

Getting Off To A Great Start For 2024 Dec 26th, 2023

Adobe Stock License | #627614235 The new year is an opportunity for a fresh start, a time to set new goals and establish habits that contribute to personal and professional growth. Let's explore how to kick off 2024 with positive momentum, focusing on practical strategies to set yourself up for...

10 Ways To A Heart-Healthy Holiday Dec 19th, 2023

Adobe Stock License | #154994738 The holiday season, while filled with joy and celebration, can also be a challenging time for maintaining heart health. With an abundance of food, drink, and festive activities, it's easy to neglect the routines and habits that keep our hearts in top condition. Here are...

New Studies: Marijuana Use Raises Risk of Heart Attack, Heart Failure and Stroke Dec 11th, 2023

AdobeStock Lic. 641416969 Recent studies presented by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have highlighted the potential cardiovascular risks associated with regular marijuana use. These findings are crucial as marijuana becomes increasingly accessible and popular across the United States. “Observational data are strongly pointing to the...

How Does Hypertension Affect Your Heart? Dec 5th, 2023

Hypertension affects millions of Americans. Unfortunately, many of them aren’t aware of the dangers it creates for the heart. Dr. Mark L. Meyer and our team at Madison Avenue Cardiology specialize in diagnosing, treating, and preventing heart disease. Check these facts about uncontrolled blood pressure and the damage it can...

The Link Between Oral Estrogen Therapy and High Blood Pressure: A Closer Look Dec 2nd, 2023

AdobeStock Lic. # 376232903 Hormone therapy has long been a point of discussion and debate among healthcare professionals, especially in the context of managing menopausal symptoms. While hormone therapy (specifically estrogen therapy) has been championed for its benefits, including alleviating hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness, new research points...

The Mediterranean Diet: A Key to Trimming Belly Fat? Nov 22nd, 2023

AdobeStock Lic. # 621502200 The endless quest to find an effective method to reduce stubborn belly fat has always been a subject of interest among health enthusiasts and professionals. From rigorous exercise routines to various diets, the journey to eliminate visceral fat – the fat stored around your abdominal organs...

Not So Nutty: How Tree Nuts Could Be the Key to Heart Health Nov 13th, 2023

Adobe Lic. FILE #:  73310773 In the vast realm of nutrition, the potential health benefits of tree nuts have long been an area of interest. Recently, a meticulous evaluation of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2011 and 2018 has illuminated a promising association: regular...

5 Heart-Healthy Ways to Enjoy the Holidays Nov 7th, 2023

The holiday season is often synonymous with decadent feasts, tempting desserts, and festive beverages. If you’re committed to a heart-healthy lifestyle, you may feel like you must choose between celebrating the holidays and protecting your heart. Good news — you can do both. Mark L. Meyer, MD, FACP, FACC, and...

Step by Step: The Link Between Daily Steps and Cardiovascular Health Oct 29th, 2023

Adobe Lic. FILE #:  506967781 The connection between physical activity and cardiovascular health is well-established. Yet, the precise metrics of how much activity can make a significant difference in our health have often been the subject of inquiry. In a new study released by the American College of Cardiologists, a...

Getting Better Sleep - A Helpful Article Oct 19th, 2023

Image from Health Matters Post REPRINTED FROM HEALTH MATTERS BY CAMILLE BAUTISTA-FRYER   How to Get Better Sleep, Whether You’re a Night Owl or an Early Bird A sleep medicine specialist explains why understanding your natural sleep pattern can help you get a better night’s rest.   Story By Camille Bautista-Fryer...

Water, Water Everywhere Oct 11th, 2023

Adobe License, FILE #:  572585567 Did you know that about 20% of our body’s water needs comes from food? Fresh fruits and vegetables are particularly high in water content. That means that emphasizing a diet high in produce not only gives us a good dose of vitamins, minerals, and fiber,...

Statins and Bone Health: A New Perspective on Osteoporotic Fracture Prevention Oct 3rd, 2023

Adobe License #:  158935810 Osteoporosis, a condition characterized by weakened bones and increased susceptibility to fractures, is a significant concern for adults aged 60 and over. With the aging global population, the medical community has been in constant search of preventative and management strategies for this condition. In a recent...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Frequent Chest Pain Oct 1st, 2023

Anything from stomach upset to emotional distress to heart disease could cause that squeezing chest discomfort you’re experiencing. Regardless of the cause, the earlier you check in with a physician, the quicker you receive the care you need. Dr. Mark L. Meyer of Madison Avenue Cardiology is one of New...

Alcohol and Heart Health: The Unseen Impact of Heavy Drinking on Our Vital Organs Sep 20th, 2023

Adobe Sock Lic. #:  626082520 In recent years, the potential health risks of excessive alcohol consumption have taken center stage in medical research. A groundbreaking study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has added a new dimension to this discourse. The research reveals a startling association between...

Leaping Towards Cancer Prevention: Cardiorespiratory Fitness Lowers Risk of 9 Types of Cancer Sep 15th, 2023

Photo by Gabin Vallet on Unsplash Cancer remains one of the leading causes of mortality worldwide, and understanding ways to prevent it has never been more vital. A groundbreaking new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has shed light on a potent weapon in the fight against...

A Silent Threat: How Prediabetes Increases Risk of Heart Failure, Stroke, and Other Conditions Sep 7th, 2023

 Adobe Stock Lic. FILE #:  400067530 A comprehensive new study published in The Lancet Regional Health on August 9, authored by Christopher Rentsch, Victoria Garfield, and colleagues, has drawn significant attention to a medical condition that's often overlooked: prediabetes. This research has discovered that prediabetes, a state where blood sugar...

Heart Problems That Can Cause Shortness of Breath Sep 1st, 2023

Shortness of breath, medically referred to as dyspnea, can be a frightening experience. While it can be the result of various factors, such as lung conditions, allergies, or anxiety, one of the primary concerns is heart problems. Understanding the different heart-related causes of shortness of breath may help you seek...

Alcohol & Blood Pressure: Unraveling The Relationship Using Dose-Response Meta Analysis Aug 30th, 2023

Photo by Helena Yankovska on Unsplash What Is Dose-Response Meta-Analysis? A dose-response meta-analysis is a specific type of meta-analysis that focuses on understanding how the effect of exposure, such as alcohol or drug consumption changes with the level or intensity of that exposure. It aims to synthesize information across different...

Ultra-processed Foods: A Silent Culprit in Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality for Type-2 Diabetics Aug 14th, 2023

Adobe Stock Lic #:  490652102 Significant Relationship A recent groundbreaking study offers compelling evidence for a significant correlation between the intake of ultra-processed foods and increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality rates among people with type-2 diabetes, irrespective of the overall nutritional quality of their diet. This investigation has...

New Study: The "Weekend Warrior" Lifestyle Can Help Boost Cardiovascular Health Aug 7th, 2023

Adobe Lic. #:  484709232 The JAMA Study A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has given new depth to our understanding of the relationship between physical activity patterns and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The study focused on the so-called "Weekend Warriors," those individuals who tend...

Steps to Lower Your Heart Attack Risk Aug 1st, 2023

As you no-doubt know, a heart attack is a life-threatening emergency, and it occurs when blood flow to the heart is significantly reduced or blocked. Often the result of fatty deposits (plaques), the decreased blood flow can damage or destroy part of the heart. This interferes with the heart’s ability...

Frail Patients Also Benefit From Intensive Blood Pressure Lowering: SPRINT Analysis Jul 31st, 2023

Adobe Lic. #:  496391462 A recent study has shed light on the benefits of intensive blood pressure (BP) lowering in frail patients. The analysis, based on the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), challenges the notion that aggressive BP control is not suitable for individuals who are considered frail. This...

New Study: Adderall and Ritalin Are Decreasing Productivity In People Without ADHD Jul 18th, 2023

Adobe License File #:  127885654 In recent years, the use of prescription stimulant medications, such as Adderall and Ritalin, has become increasingly prevalent. Originally designed to help individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) manage their symptoms, these drugs have found their way into the hands of those without the...

Unraveling the Link Between Red Meat, CVD & Diabetes Jul 8th, 2023

Adobe License File #: 601301882 Diet plays a crucial role in our overall health, and numerous studies have investigated the relationship between various food groups and the risk of developing chronic diseases. In a groundbreaking new study, conducted by the American College of Cardiology (ACC), researchers have explored the effects...

Common Misconceptions About Hypertension  Jul 1st, 2023

Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is a prevalent medical condition that affects millions of Americans. Despite its prevalence, numerous misconceptions surrounding hypertension can lead to misunderstandings about its causes, treatments, and overall management. Dr. Mark L. Meyer, founder and director of Madison Avenue Cardiology in midtown Manhattan, New...

New Research Suggests Low-Fat & Low-Carbo Diets Lower Risks for All Cardio-Mortality Jun 15th, 2023

(Photo: Adobe Stock: FILE #:  190978867) In recent years, the debate surrounding the most effective dietary approaches for optimal health has been intense. Amidst this ongoing discussion, new research has emerged that suggests low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets may offer significant benefits. This blog post aims to delve into the latest...

When to Worry About Heart Palpitations Jun 1st, 2023

Heart palpitations can be a disconcerting experience, often described as a racing, fluttering, or pounding sensation in the chest. While occasional palpitations are generally harmless and may result from temporary factors like stress or overindulging in caffeine, they can also signal a more serious underlying condition. Dr. Mark L. Meyer,...

Unveiling the Link: Marijuana Use and Increased Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease May 29th, 2023

As research into the effects of marijuana continues to expand, a groundbreaking new study, presented at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 2023 Scientific Sessions, has shed light on a concerning association between marijuana use and the risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD). Peripheral artery disease refers to...

How to Know if a Heart Murmur Is Dangerous May 22nd, 2023

Some experts believe that as many as 10% of adults and 45% of children in the United States have heart murmurs. Others think the numbers may be much higher, since heart murmurs can come and go without being detected. But because a murmur can signal problems with the way blood...

Exercise Lowers CVD Risk For Those With HBP May 9th, 2023

Photo by Alexandra Tran on Unsplash 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 the United States have...

Introducing Our Dietitian, Danielle Ziegelstein May 2nd, 2023

Meet Danielle! Hi everyone! 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. Book with me...

Sleep Health Is Heart Health Apr 13th, 2023

Photo by Ivan Oboleninov  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. In this blog post, we will explore the link between heart health and sleep and provide...

What to Know About Statin Therapy Apr 6th, 2023

Statins aren’t miracle drugs and won’t allow you to ignore habits that increase your risk of heart disease. But statin therapy may help you lower LDL (bad) and increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels. Cardiovascular specialist Mark Meyer, MD, FACP, FACC, at Madison Avenue Cardiovascular in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, has significant expertise...

Artificial Sweetener Linked To Higher Heart Attack & Stroke Risk Mar 28th, 2023

Photo - Adobe Stock Lic: 523301362 Erythritol, a sugar alcohol that has been gaining popularity as a sugar substitute, has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. While it is commonly marketed as a “natural” and “healthy” sweetener, recent studies have shown that erythritol can have...

Is Chest Pain Ever Normal? Mar 14th, 2023

You’re not alone if your anxiety rises sharply at the slightest hint of chest pain. Many fear what even a minor twinge may mean about their heart health. But some people ignore even crushing chest pain until they’re in the ambulance heading to the emergency room. Mark L. Meyer, MD,...

More Walking Leads to Lower Cardiovascular Risk Mar 13th, 2023

Photo License Adobe Stock FILE #:  276136132 New research published in the journal  Circulation indicates that more walking can do a body good. In fact, more daily steps lead to a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases, especially in older adults. The overarching analysis included eight studies, over 20,000 people in...

New Study: Daily Cannabis Use Raises Heart Disease Risk By 33% Feb 28th, 2023

Photo by RODNAE Productions 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. One of the most...

New AI Models Help To Predict 10-Year Risk of Heart Disease Feb 16th, 2023

Photo Source: Markus Spiske on Unsplash.com Scientific models that help foresee cardiovascular disease before humans can are being designed and constantly refined and updated by artificial intelligence, and they're helping to predict the 10-year risk by utilizing large amounts of data and advanced machine learning techniques. One approach uses traditional...

Dehydration May Increase Risk Of Death By Up To 20% Jan 24th, 2023

Photo by Kampus Production courtesy of Pexels.com A new study has found that not consuming enough water can increase the risk of death by 20%. The study, conducted by a team of researchers from various institutions, analyzed data from over 20,000 adults and found a clear link between low water...

Preventing Job Burnout from Hurting Your Health Jan 19th, 2023

Photos in composite courtesy of Pexels.com and Clem Onojeghuo, Andrea Piacquadio, and Yan Krukau 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 exhaustion, cynicism, and a lack of accomplishment. If left...

2-Minute Exercise Bursts May Pack A Power Punch For Longevity Jan 10th, 2023

Photo by Allan Mas Courtesy Of Pexels.com Short bursts of physical exercise, also known as high-intensity interval training (HIIT), have been gaining popularity in recent years due to their numerous benefits for both physical and mental health. While traditional endurance exercise has long been considered the gold standard for improving...

New Study's Simple Lessons - Add Less Salt, See Less Heart Disease Jan 4th, 2023

Photo by TUBARONES PHOTOGRAPHY Courtesy Of Pexels.com Salt, also known as sodium chloride, is an essential nutrient for the body's proper functioning. However, too much salt can have negative effects on heart health. The average adult should consume no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day, according to...

How to Prevent Holiday Heart Syndrome Dec 22nd, 2022

Photo by Victoria Emerson (Courtesy of Pexels.com) '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. It's one explanation for the sudden increase in emergency room visits during...

Healthy Habits That Lead To Improved Longevity Dec 17th, 2022

Adobe Stock FILE #:  68714825 (Licensed) Living life to its fullest starts with and relies on paying attention to your body and mind. In surveys and studies, many older adults report that better quality of life or the life in one's years is more important to them than the years...

Re-Post: Dr. Meyer's Debut Blog Post, Constructing a Gratitude List Nov 29th, 2022

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash Focus on the positives. Write them down, and review the list. You will undoubtedly find that you have much to be grateful for, and you will smile. Hello, and welcome to my blog. With a new website, and new office (soon), and the fact...

Debunking The Myths Of Aging Nov 25th, 2022

Photo by Pavel Danilyuk: (Pexels.com) Assumptions and myths about aging abound. Not surprisingly for myths, they distort and misconceive how older age will affect us. As we age, it's important to understand and embrace the seemingly endless positive aspects of aging. Research has shown that you can help preserve your...

Sleeping Disorders: Symptoms, Causes & How To Get Relief Nov 17th, 2022

Photo by Kinga Cichewicz on Unsplash   Sleep-related difficulties affect many people. The medical science around sleep and sleep health has evolved over the past four decades, and more than 100 specific sleep disorders have been identified. Today’s medical scientists categorize these disorders based on causes, symptoms, physiological and psychological effects, among...

Tips To Improve Your Sleep Hygiene Nov 8th, 2022

Adobe Stock Lic. Img#402561309 Most people don’t think about sleep hygiene (the activities in which you engage prior to sleep). But if you've found yourself tossing and turning all night, exhausted the next day, always yawning and sluggish, the bad news is that there may be myriad reasons why your...

Reading Changes Your Brain's Focus Oct 28th, 2022

Photo: Maglara - Adobe #134967693 (Std. Lic) In my visits with patients, the subject of sleep (now known as “sleep hygiene”) has come up many times. The rituals that we engage in often determine the quality of our sleep, and future blogs will address this. One of the pieces of...

Coffee Linked To Reducing Heart Disease and Increasing Longevity Oct 18th, 2022

Photo by Jessica Lewis on Unsplash We've written posts on this blog about the benefits of coffee not only to cardio-health, but overall health, longevity, and cognitive function. Now again, a new study has surfaced with more evidence to support this trend. According to new research published in the European Journal...

New Study: Teens More Likely to Vape If Parent Smokes Oct 4th, 2022

Photo by Sebastian Radu on Unsplash Teenagers whose parents are smokers are 55% more likely to try e-cigarettes, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Barcelona, Spain. In a large study of Irish teenagers, the researchers have also found that the proportion who have tried...

New Study: Link Between Increased Alcohol Consumption& Cancer Risk Sep 30th, 2022

Photo by Lesia on Unsplash How does the risk of developing cancer change after alcohol consumption is increased, stopped, or reduced? Findings  In a new study of over 4 million adults in Korea, those who increased their alcohol consumption had a higher risk for alcohol-related cancers and all cancers compared...

Marijuana Use Linked to Heart Rhythm Issues in Older Adults Sep 14th, 2022

Photo by Konstiantyn Zapylaie / Adobe Stock #216165265 With the advent of legalization, we are just starting to gain insight into the safety of marijuana use. Over the past decade, marijuana use, both recreational and medicinal, has grown as state governments across the U.S. have legalized its use. But while...

Where To Find The New Omicron BA-5 Subvariant Booster Near You Sep 9th, 2022

Photo by CDC on Unsplash The FDA has authorized Covid booster shots that target the omicron BA.5 subvariant as the U.S. prepares for another surge of infections this fall and winter. It's the first time the FDA has authorized an updated vaccine formula since the original shots rolled out in...

For Patients: Five Teaching Pearls About AFib Aug 31st, 2022

Photo by Element 5 Digital on Unsplash In my first year of practice as a cardiac electrophysiologist, I have spent a significant amount of time educating patients about atrial fibrillation (AFib). My biggest challenge has been in the outpatient setting where patients are often uninformed about their AFib diagnosis, unaware...

Vitamins & Minerals to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease Aug 23rd, 2022

Photo by Myriam Zilles on Unsplash For JAMA Patient PageBy: Jill Jin, MD, MPH The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recently published recommendations about the use of vitamins, minerals, and multivitamins to prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer. What Are Vitamins and Minerals? Vitamins (vitamins A, C, D, E,...

Preventable Risk Factors In Childhood Linked To Adult Heart Disease Jul 14th, 2022

Photo by dream@do / Adobe Stock #200451346 Five childhood risk factors, individually or combined, have been identified as predictors of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events in adulthood. Body mass index, systolic blood pressure, total cholesterol level, triglyceride level, and youth smoking. These five risk factors in childhood can increase the...

Five Ways to Help Reduce Every Day Stress Jul 7th, 2022

Photo by Elisa Ventur on Unsplash From Jacqueline Hargrove, Ph.D.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,...

Want to Reduce Stroke Risk? Sit Less. Move More. Do Chores. Jun 23rd, 2022

Photo by Bruno Nascimento on Unsplash Imagine watching “The Batman” movie back-to-back four times every day or driving a whopping 390 miles each way on a daily commute.  Either uncomfortable choice will take about 12 hours — or the same amount of time most Americans stay seated throughout any day.  ...

People With Depression Experience 2X The Cardiovascular Benefits Of Exercise Jun 20th, 2022

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash Study underscores the brain’s role in deriving cardiovascular benefits from physical activity Researchers analyzed the health records of more than 50,000 patients, around 4,000 of whom suffered a significant heart-related event They assessed through a questionnaire the rate of coronary events in people who...

More Avocados In Your Diet May Mean Less Cardiovascular Disease Apr 29th, 2022

Photo by Louis Hansel on Unsplash 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.   Researchers examined the relationship between avocado consumption and cardiovascular events.  They found that eating 2 or more servings...

Higher Olive Oil Consumption Linked With Lower Risk of Premature Death Apr 12th, 2022

Photo by Dmitri Karastelev on Unsplash Replacing margarine, butter, mayonnaise, and dairy fat with olive oil was associated with a lower mortality risk.Consuming more than 7 grams (>1/2 tablespoon) of olive oil per day is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease mortality, cancer mortality, neurodegenerative disease mortality, and...

Coffee Doesn’t Raise Your Risk for Heart Rhythm Problems Apr 3rd, 2022

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash UCSF Cardiology Researchers Report No Link Between Coffee Consumption and Arrhythmias In the largest study of its kind, an investigation by UC San Francisco has found no evidence that moderate coffee consumption can cause cardiac arrhythmias.     In fact, each additional daily cup of...

Binge Drinking Linked to First Episodes of Heart Rhythm Disorder Mar 22nd, 2022

Photo by Yutacar on Unsplash Alcohol May Kindle Atrial Fibrillation, a Major Killer that Often Leads to Stroke Mardi Gras, Saturday nights, Super Bowl Sunday, and other days when more people consume more alcohol are also associated with more emergency room visits for atrial fibrillation, reported a new study led...

Replacing Bad Food Habits With Ones That Are Better For Your Heart Feb 17th, 2022

Photo by Monstar Studio / Adobe Stock #278493445 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. Yet, even those of us not obsessed with eating a wholesome, balanced diet for every meal,...

New Study: Yoga Appears To Be A Promising Therapy For Recurrent Vasovagal Syndrome Feb 3rd, 2022

Photo by Anupam Mahapatra on Unsplash You may know that vasovagal syncope is fainting caused by stressful triggers that can lead to sudden drops in blood pressure and heart rate. In patients with recurrent vasovagal syncope, yoga as adjunctive therapy was superior to standard therapy only for reducing the symptomatic...

Pets Can Be Good for Your Heart, and Studies Appear To Prove It Jan 26th, 2022

Photo by Eric Ward on Unsplash If you have a pet, you already know the joy and love they can bring to your life. Now science is confirming just how good they really are for you — both mentally and physically.  One theory is that pets boost our oxytocin levels. Also known...

Why Healthy Boundaries Can Make For A Happier 2022 Jan 5th, 2022

Photo by Isabela Kronemberger on Unsplash The holidays are full of gifts, parties, festive meals, and twinkling lights. Unfortunately, there are also awkward encounters with friends, family, or coworkers.  Sometimes those folks comment on our bodies, or our food choices, in ways that make us feel uncomfortable. Sometimes they insist...

The Worst Habits for Your Heart's Health Dec 6th, 2021

Photo by Abstral Official on Unsplash From bad sleep to stress to your diet... It really can hurt your heart and wreck your health. There is good news and bad news when it comes to your risk of developing heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the...

CDC: Everyone Ages 18 and Older Should Get a Booster Shot Nov 30th, 2021

Photo by CDC on Unsplash The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday, Nov. 29, that everyone over the age of 18 should get a booster shot. From the CDC: Choosing Your COVID-19 Booster Shot You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster...

Study: Intermittent Fasting May Lower Risk of Heart Disease & Diabetes Nov 2nd, 2021

Photo by Татьяна Креминская / Adobe Stock #316603964 Popular diet trend could reduce the risk of diabetes and heart diseaseEating your daily calories within a consistent window of 8-10 hours is a powerful strategy to prevent and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, according to a new...

Simple Ways to Help Lower Your Anxiety Oct 25th, 2021

Photo by Patrick Schneider on Unsplash 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 where we can expect that...

Study: Young Adult Marijuana Smokers are Twice as Likely to Suffer Heart Attacks Oct 18th, 2021

Photo by Grav on Unsplash A history of myocardial infarction was more frequently reported among young adults who recently used cannabis compared with those who did not use the substance, a cross-sectional study showed.   Research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that such marijuana users were nearly...

Eating A Plant-Based Diet May Lower The Risk Of Heart Disease In Mid-Life Oct 6th, 2021

Photo by Mariana Montes de Oca on Unsplash Eating nutritious, plant-based foods is downright heart-healthy according to two research studies published this month in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Both studies analyzed healthy plant food consumption, and researchers found that both young adults and postmenopausal women who ate more...

Pfizer COVID19 Booster Update Oct 1st, 2021

COVID 19 Vaccine Booster Update Booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were authorized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday, September 24—only for certain people age 18 years and older who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine more than six months ago.The CDC says these groups should get the...

STUDY: Eating Lignans Like Flaxseed & Chia Associated With Lower Risk Of Heart Disease Sep 8th, 2021

A new study published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, suggests that consuming lignans may lead to a lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). The authors explain that lignans, polyphenolic substances, are found in plant-based foods such as seeds, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, tea, and coffee. The...

Going For A Ride - The Benefits Of Biking Aug 26th, 2021

Photo by Sean Benesh on Unsplash 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. And it can help to improve muscle tone and strength, especially...

The E-Cigarette Epidemic - The Facts And How To Help Jun 16th, 2021

Photo by CDC on Unsplash 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 because it can harm the part of the brain responsible for memory, attention, and learning....

New Study: 2 Fruit and 3 Vegetable Servings/Day May Lead To A Longer Life Apr 10th, 2021

Photo by Jacopo Maia on Unsplash Findings from a new observational study show that eating 2 fruit and 3 vegetable servings per day is associated with a lower risk of death related to cancer, cardiovascular disease, or respiratory disease. Starchy vegetables and fruit juices, however, did not appear to contribute...

Sleep Health Equals Heart Health Mar 3rd, 2021

Photo by Ivan Oboleninov  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. In this blog post, we will explore the link between heart health and sleep and provide...

The Biology of Emotion: What It's Teaching Us About Living Longer Feb 23rd, 2021

Photo by Nhia Moua on Unsplash New research out of Harvard helping us further understand the link between positive emotions and good health. It's shedding more light on often-asked questions like: Can a more optimistic outlook mean less heart disease? Can hope protect against hypertension? Do happier people live longer?...

Where & How To Get Your NYC COVID-19 Vaccine Jan 14th, 2021

Photo by Mat Napo on Unsplash 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). Residential program or hospital certified or operated by the NYS Office of...

How to Avoid Holiday Heart Syndrome Dec 25th, 2020

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash '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. It's one explanation for the sudden increase in emergency room visits during the...

Wearing Face Masks During Exercise Won't Hinder Breathing or Impair Lung Function Dec 9th, 2020

Photo by Drazen / Adobe Stock #352329338 While wearing a face mask during a workout is not the most comfortable experience, two new studies out this month indicate that a mask won't be detrimental to your breathing during your activity. A recent University of Saskatchewan study has found that exercise...

A New Study Suggests Lifestyle Changes Can Offset Cognitive Decline Related To Aging Oct 30th, 2020

Photo by Alvin Balemesa on Unsplash A new study of older adults shows how making some lifestyle changes such as changing diet and increasing physical activity can lower the risk of dementia, even if the person already has been diagnosed with and is experiencing cognitive decline. The term dementia describes...

New Study Confirms Link Between Influenza And Heart Complications Oct 30th, 2020

Findings Underscore Need to Get a Flu Shot Early, Lead Researcher Says. People with heart disease and those who have had a stroke are at higher risk for developing serious complications from the flu. If you're in that group, it is especially important that you get a flu vaccine every...

Emerging From Quarantine: Keeping Your Health Priorities Straight In A Post-COVID World Jul 16th, 2020

COVID-19 lockdowns are easing across the U.S., and there is a lot to process as these restrictions begin to end and transition. What is the new safe? Can we return to the gym? Can we schedule regular medical appointments again? What should we include on our post-quarantine list of health...

It's OK To Worry About Your Local Movie Theaters May 4th, 2020

Photo by Nathan Van de Graaf on Unsplash. 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. But...

Running A Marathon Could Prove To Be A Vascular Fountain Of Youth Apr 22nd, 2020

Photo by Sherise Van Dyk on Unsplash There is new research out that suggests that first-time marathon runners could help reduce their vascular age — the age of one’s arteries — by up to four years. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S073510971938369X?via%3Dihub) The study's purpose was to determine whether the rigorous training for a first-time...

Optimism May Be Positively Good For Your Heart Mar 16th, 2020

Photo by Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash 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." (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/27/well/mind/optimism-health-longevity.html) Optimism, the psychological attribute characterized as the general expectation that...

What Everyone Needs To Know About Marijuana And Cardiovascular Disease Feb 4th, 2020

Photo by Elsa Olofsson on Unsplash It's turning out that cannabis may not be the panacea many once had professed it to be. While recreational consumption still appears to have a fairly low level of health risk for the average person, a new study suggests that there's a potential cardiovascular...

Top Heart Healthy Apps & Devices For 2020 Jan 22nd, 2020

Photo by freestocks on Unsplash 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. Previously, though, they had released the study's...

Sleep & Heart Disease - Dangerous Bedfellows Oct 29th, 2019

Photo by Aleksandr Popov on Unsplash A Rarely Mentioned Yet Controllable Risk Factor 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. Of the risk factors that people...

The Detrimental Effects Of Too Much Sitting Oct 12th, 2019

Sitting while working is the most commonly overlooked sitting most people do. 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. On...

Are You Getting The Exercise You Need? Aug 27th, 2019

Photo by Gabin Vallet on Unsplash 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. In addition to helping prevent heart disease, exercise is known to reduce stress and improve sleep, energy level,...

Dr. Meyer's Debut Blog Post: Constructing a Gratitude List Jun 26th, 2019

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash Focus on the positives. Write them down, and review the list. You will undoubtedly find that you have much to be grateful for, and you will smile. Hello, and welcome to my blog. With a new website, and new office (soon), and the fact...