NEW BLOOD PRESSURE TREATMENT GUIDELINES MAY SAVE LIVES

A recent national blood pressure treatment trial call SPRINT has revealed some very promising results according to Dr. Steven Reisman a cardiologist in New York City. High blood pressure or hypertension is found in one of three American adults or approximately 79 million adults and is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and other medical problems. One aim of therapy is to bring down the systolic blood pressure but there has been some controversy regarding what is the “ideal “number. The Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT)sponsored by the National Institutes of Health randomized participants according […]
By |November 2nd, 2015|High Blood Pressure|Comments Off on NEW BLOOD PRESSURE TREATMENT GUIDELINES MAY SAVE LIVES

WORKAHOLICS MAY HAVE A HIGHER RISK OF STROKE

A recent study suggested that employees who work longer hours so called “workaholics” may have an increased incidence of stroke compared to those working “standard hours” according to Dr. Steven Reisman a cardiologist in New York City. The study “Long working hours and risk of coronary heart disease and stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis of published and unpublished data for 603838 individuals” published in the medical journal The Lancet analyzed 25 different studies with over 600,000 individuals. This study suggested a 33 percent increase in stroke rate in those in the “workaholics” group. This study suggested that overwork in […]
By |September 2nd, 2015|Stroke|Comments Off on WORKAHOLICS MAY HAVE A HIGHER RISK OF STROKE

CHOLESTEROL DRUG BREAKTHROUGH

An expert panel has recommend that the Food and Drug Administration approve a new type of cholesterol lowering drug which appears to have an additive effect above and beyond the statins according to Dr. Steven Reisman a Cardiologist in Manhattan. This new class of medicines called PCSK-9 inhibitors work by increasing the removal of cholesterol from the blood by the liver. More than 73 million Americans (about 1/3 of the total US adult population) have increased LDL cholesterol which is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. The advantage of this new class of medications is that they […]
By |June 19th, 2015|Cholesterol|Comments Off on CHOLESTEROL DRUG BREAKTHROUGH

SOME HEARTBURN MEDICATIONS MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF HEART ATTACKS

A recent retrospective study has suggested a link between a class of over the counter heartburn medications and a an increased risk of heart attacks according to Dr. Steven Reisman, the Director of The New York Cardiac Diagnostic Center. This class of medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPI) include Prevacid, Prilosec, and Nexium. They work by potently decreasing the acid in the stomach. Those who are using these medications may have a 16-21% increase in the rate of heart attacks compared to those who have acid reflux and do not take these medications. This study is retrospective and thus […]
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PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION OF STROKES AND MINI-STROKES

Mini-strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIA’S) are important to be recognized early on because these episodes constitute a medical emergency according to Dr. Steven Reisman, a New York City Cardiologist. Dr. Reisman was interviewed on Inside Edition on June 18, 2014 regarding a 49 year old woman who recorded on her smartphone a video showing her facial movements to help doctors diagnose a mini-stroke which was later confirmed by MRI. Several studies have shown that in the prevention of stroke it is important to be evaluated for cardiovascular risk factors such as elevated lipids, hypertension or […]

INDICATIONS FOR THE USE OF ASPIRIN IN THE PREVENTION OF HEART ATTACKS

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently denied a request from Bayer, a manufacturer of aspirin, to expand the use of low-dose aspirin in the prevention of heart attacks, according to Dr. Steven Reisman, a Cardiologist in Manhattan. Previously the FDA in 1998 approved labeling for aspirin and related products in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular events. Secondary prevention includes use in those who have a history of coronary artery disease, previous heart attack, angina, and in those who have undergone revascularization procedures including coronary bypass surgery and angioplasty/stent placement. In 2003 Bayer applied to the […]

STATIN TREATMENT:NEW GUIDELINES FOR THE TREATMENT OF ELEVATED CHOLESTEROL AND TRIGLYCERIDES

New treatment guidelines were released last November Jointly by The American College of Cardiology and The American Heart Association. This changes the way doctors treat patients with elevated cholesterol and elevated triglyceride levels according to Dr. Steven Reisman a New York City Cardiologist. This week a study was released that estimated that thirteen million more people in the United States may undergo statin therapy by following these guidelines. Previously, patients were treated based on their cholesterol and triglyceride levels and these blood tests were followed to evaluate therapy. The new guidelines suggest patients should be treated […]
By |March 26th, 2014|Cholesterol|0 Comments

SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST IN YOUNG ATHLETES

  Successful cardiac resuscitation appears to have saved professional hockey player Rich Peverley’s life according to Dr. Steven Reisman a Manhattan Cardiologist. Rich Peverley was sitting on the bench during an NHL hockey game when he collapsed and was immediately resuscitated with chest compression and defibrillation which is the application of electrical shock to return his heart to a normal rhythm. Supposedly he had undergone a procedure to treat an irregular heart beat found on a routine physical examination and EKG six months prior to this event. One report mentioned atrial fibrillation was discovered during that […]

Aortic Valve Surgery in Coach John Fox of the Denver Broncos

Aortic valve replacement in November has allowed coach John Fox, of the Denver Broncos, to lead his team to the Super Bowl according to Dr. Steven Reisman, a New York City cardiologist. Dr. Reisman was interviewed by CNN on November 3, 2013 when coach Fox was taken to a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina for urgent surgery to replace his aortic valve. It was known to coach Fox for several years that he had this condition and doctors were following him and planning surgery after the football season. However,. on Saturday November 2, while golfing […]

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS: HOW THEY AFFECT YOUR HEALTH

Omega-3 fatty acids are an important part of a healthy diet according to Dr. Steven Reisman, a Manhattan Cardiologist. Omega-3 fatty acids are what are known as “essential” fatty acids which means they are not made in the human body but must be obtained directly from an outside source. These substances are very important for normal metabolism. They are important in reducing inflammation in the blood vessels, joints and in other locations. It is suggested that Omega-3 fatty acids be obtained from foods rather than from supplements. Fish high in these substances include salmon, herring, […]