What is a Calcium Score? A Cardiologist’s Take

Importance of Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular disease is the single leading cause of death in western society, accounting for 1 in 3 deaths in the U.S. alone. One in every six healthcare dollars is spent on cardiovascular disease through expensive diagnostic testing, medications, procedures and surgeries, such as coronary artery stenting and coronary artery bypass grafting […]

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Bossy Saves Lives

Sasha Shillcut, MD, guest blogger speaking about how being bossy is not always a bad thing. In fact, it sometimes saves lives.

Since I was a little girl, I have been called a lot of things. Sensitive. Funny. Strong-willed. Outgoing. Take-charge. Friendly. Bossy. Focused. And my favorite: domineering. I’ve always been a direct person. I’m an extrovert, which means I walk into a room and I am energized by the people around me. I am also a […]

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On Cholesterol, A Nutritionist Weighs In

What's the take on cholesterol, according to a nutritionist? Her take, here.

Cholesterol Names and Numbers 101 Your physical went great. “I’ll see you in a year, ” says the doctor as she walks out of the exam room. About a week later you get a call from the office that your blood work came back, and your cholesterol is high. Furthermore, they tell you your LDL/HDL […]

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Would You Like a Burger With Your Bypass?

A burger lays on a plate, with 6 patties and 6 slices of cheese (NOT a plant based choice!)

I often hear some version of the above from friends and acquaintances: during a hospital stay, they or their loved ones are served the types of foods that may have caused their problem in the first place. The disconnect between cause and effect just kills me. A Missed Teaching Opportunity A hospital stay can be […]

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Screen Time and Kids

a child stands, watching TV. Topic discussed is screen time and kids

Only it’s exhausting. I don’t know if it’s because adults have less energy than children or if it’s because our minds are running through our list of to-do every time more than an hour passes of their playtime. I just don’t have their level of energy. So sometimes I find myself asking my kids to […]

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