CVD

September 30, 2022

Exchanging 30 minutes of social media a day with exercise benefits mental health

According to a report in Medical News Today, replacing 30 minutes of social media use per day with physical activity can enhance emotional well-being and reduce […]
September 29, 2022

Thursday Ask Dr. Walt – Primary or secondary prevention?

Dear Dr. Walt, I overheard two friends talking about preventive medicine. They were talking about primary and secondary prevention, but I’m not sure I understand the difference. […]
September 28, 2022

A new study shows that too much TV time really may harm your brain

HealthDay reported that older adults who get a lot of “screen time” may have an increased risk of developing dementia — but a lot depends on what […]
September 27, 2022

Tuesday Patient Stories – Kissimmee Tales Part 8

For the next few months, I’m excerpting chapters from the first of two books about my early years in family medicine in Kissimmee, Florida – The […]
September 26, 2022

Have you heard about the polypill therapy that is very effective in heart patients?

A report in Cardiovascular Business revealed that taking a polypill – a single pill containing three different medications – not only improved medication adherence but was associated […]
September 24, 2022

Saturday Book Report – “At First Light” featured in Baton Rouge Advocate

Upon arising last Saturday morning, I found my phone was blowing up with messages and emails from around Louisiana informing me of a huge article in […]
September 23, 2022

Did you know ultra-processed food increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, and premature death?

CNN reported, “Eating a lot of ultra-processed foods significantly increases men’s risk of colorectal cancer and can lead to heart disease and early death in both […]
September 22, 2022

Thursday Ask Dr. Walt – Do Bad Genes Doom Me?

Dear Dr. Walt, I read your column and enjoy it, and you’re always harping on us readers to improve our health. But, my family has really poor […]
March 16, 2022

Women who breastfed children much less likely to develop or die from heart disease or stroke

Healio reports that women who ever breastfed during their lifetime were far less likely to develop heart disease or stroke.
March 23, 2022

Marijuana use associated with higher cardiovascular risk

Research suggests that the use of marijuana may dramatically raise a person’s risk for heart disease and hardening of the arteries.
April 4, 2022

Holy guacamole! Could eating avocado reduce CVD risk?

CNN reports that “eating avocados reduced the risk of” cardiovascular disease (CVD) “in both men and women, including when eaten in place of butter, cheese or processed […]
July 11, 2022

Regular dental care reduces health risks and care costs

Research from the Mayo Clinic suggests that regular preventive dental care can help reduce the risk of significant, costly health problems in people who have coronary […]
August 17, 2022

Sleep joins cholesterol and other factors on heart health checklist

Frequent readers of this blog understand the healthful benefits of a good night’s sleep – from reducing weight to improved mental and physical health. Now the  […]
August 24, 2022

Healthful diet and exercise needed to reduce your risk of dying prematurely

Both a healthful diet and regular exercise are necessary to achieve the lowest premature mortality risk.