It has been 20 years since the first publication of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. This diet emphasizes foods rich in protein, fiber, magnesium and calcium such as fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grains, fish (salmon, herring, and tuna) and low-fat dairy. It limits foods rich in saturated fat and sugars. The DASH diet has been proven in study after study to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure across a wide range of ethnic groups. While not specifically a weight-loss diet or a low sodium diet, DASH has been proven to cause moderate weight loss and, because of the types of foods used, reduce dietary sodium intake.

Yet adherence to DASH on a national level is poor, with studies showing that

Total knee arthroplasty (replacement) (TKA) and total hip arthroplasty (THA) are very common procedures and the medical costs associated with them rank first and eighth in the U.S. respectively. The cost of the implanted device is usually the largest expense associated with these procedures. It has been alleged that health insurance companies pay without knowledge of the actual cost and model of the device. Recently a study done at Boston’s Children’s Hospital was published. The purpose of the

The human heart has four chambers. The upper chambers, known as atria, are shaped like a pyramid. The lower chambers are called ventricles. Each heartbeat is initiated by the sinoatrial node (SA node), which is the heart’s intrinsic pacemaker and is located in the atrium. The electrical impulse generated by the SA node causes the atria to beat first, which pushes blood into the ventricles. The electrical impulse is carried by fibers to the atrioventricular node (AV node) located in the wall

Herpes zoster (shingles) is a nerve and skin infection that occurs as a result of reactivation of latent varicella zoster virus (VZV). Approximately one million cases of shingles are diagnosed each year in the U.S. People with a history of a primary varicella infection (chickenpox) have a 10 to 20 percent lifetime chance of developing shingles. Shingles is more common in older adults as immunity to VZV declines over time, however shingles in younger persons does occur. Usually the likelihood of

Last week I discussed atrial fibrillation (AF), its causes, risk factors, and the use of blood thinners to prevent strokes, the most common problem caused by AF. Today I would like to review treatment of AF. The first way to prevent the development of AF and to make the return of a normal heart rhythm, or sinus rhythm, more likely is to lessen or improve the risk factors for AF. They are hypertension, diabetes, obesity, sleep apnea, alcohol abuse, and congestive heart failure. As mentioned last

Last August an infant was rushed to the hospital after having prolonged seizures at home. She had no medical issues or allergies but had recently been given homeopathic teething tablets for the first time. The pills, which contained the poisonous plant belladonna, were the only medication she had taken. Luckily she survived but her father filed a MedWatch adverse event report with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That report triggered an FDA investigation, which found more than 400

Recently a study by the National Institute of Health (NIH) was published in which they analyzed the participants' use of coffee, tea, and caffeine and compared that to their risk of developing heart disease and the amount of coronary artery calcium as seen on cardiac CAT scans. The participants were followed for 11 years. Those who regularly drank tea (more than one cup per day) had less progression of coronary artery calcium and less heart disease than those who rarely drank tea (less than 1

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