Tag Archives: heart disease

A Tale of Two Valves

To the Editor: Radiation heart disease is associated with a high level of morbidity and mortality. Its natural history is not well understood. Its management is difficult. We report a case of radiation heart disease with dramatic disease progression over 11 years, captured on echocardiography. Case Report A 66-year-old woman presented with increasing dyspnea on […]

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Recurrent Syncope: An Unusual Complication of Hypertensive Heart Disease

To the Editor: Syncope accompanied by outflow tract obstruction most commonly is associated with obstructive forms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Outflow tract obstruction also may be seen in select diseases that cause ventricular hypertrophy, including aortic valve replacement for aortic valve stenosis, myocardial infarction, and pheochromocytoma. Initially described by Brock, there have been several reports of hypertension implicated […]

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Fool Me Once, Fool Me Twice

A thorough evaluation suggested the patient’s initial diagnosis was not quite right; but it was not wrong, either. An 83-year-old woman with presumed aortic stenosis was referred to our medical center for aortic valve replacement. She first presented at another facility with a 3-month history of worsening shortness of breath, particularly on exertion. Whereas she […]

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The Mediterranean Diet: What You Should Know

Diet fads are a dime a dozen, but one diet has risen about the rest in terms of effectiveness– the Mediterranean Diet. The American Journal of Medicine often publishes prevention-related articles that focus on diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Given the obesity epidemic, it’s important for physicians to be able to advise patients on weight management and […]

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Should Your Blood Pressure Be Checked in Both Arms? YES!

As heart disease continues to be one of the leading causes of death in the United States, practitioners and patients alike are looking for ways to cut risk factors and identify new clues to assist with early detection. New research published in the March issue of The American Journal of Medicine suggests that there is […]

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