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Dr. Joseph S. Alpert

Can a Toothpaste Reduce Heart Attacks and Strokes?

My father was a busy and successful dentist in New Haven, Connecticut. One of my earliest memories is of sitting in one of his dental chairs and having my teeth inspected and cleaned. Many years later when I was about to start medical school, my father told me that in his practice, patients with poor […]

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Dr. Joseph S. Alpert

Myocardial Injury During Prolonged Temperature Management (video)

Targeted temperature management — lowering a person’s body temperature– has been recommended as an integrated part of postresuscitation care after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, but is it safe? In this video, Dr. Joseph S. Alpert, AJM editor-in-chief, talks about new research on temperature management. Read the research: The Extent of Myocardial Injury During Prolonged Targeted Temperature […]

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New Year’s Resolution: Only Exercise on the Days You Eat

How often should I exercise, doc? “Only exercise on the days you eat,” is the advice Dr. Joseph S. Alpert, editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Medicine, gives his cardiology patients. In the spirit of this advice, here is a compilation of recent research and commentary on the importance of regular exercise. Exercise Is Just […]

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‘Doctor, I Think That I Might Be Having a Heart Attack’

In this issue of The American Journal of Medicine, Kahn et al report on closely observed and studied patients with eosinophilic esophagitis who presented with exertional chest discomfort that might have led to a diagnosis of angina, or possibly even myocardial infarction. This is one more entity in a long list of diseases that can […]

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Beta-blocker Use in ST-segment Elevation MI

Beta-blocker Use in ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction in the Reperfusion Era (GRACE) Early administration of oral beta-blockers were associated with fewer cases of cardiogenic shock, ventricular arrhythmias, and new-onset heart failure, but compared with delayed beta-blocker administration, both oral and intravenous beta-blockers were associated with increased in-hospital mortality. Abstract Background Current guidelines recommend early oral […]

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