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Category Archives: Cardiology/Heart

Self-Help Through Activity and Exercise

Introduction Today’s topic is self-help through activity and exercise! Let’s start with your take home points: Lesson one is on activity and exercise. Remember, these a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 24, 2020

Join Our 30-Day Plank Challenge!

Introduction This post introduces the Straight, No Chaser 30-Day Plank Challenge. The Straight, No Chaser challenges are always designed to find the simplest way to directly affect
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 30, 2019

Push Up and Heart Health: Join Our Push Up Challenge!

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post brings you a push up challenge! It addresses exercise benefits and the link between push-ups and your risk of stroke and heart attacks!
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 26, 2019

Heat Awareness: Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Introduction Heat awareness is the topic of this Straight, No Chaser post. With climate change in full effect, “hotter than July” is becoming increasing less likely. Wh
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 1, 2019

American Heart Month – Your Guide to Heart Health

Introduction February is American Heart Month! Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Every year, one in four deaths is caused by heart disease. To pre
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 18, 2019

Your Guide to Combating Cold Exposure

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser addresses various components of cold exposure. Congratulations! We sincerely hope you and your loved ones have survived the polar vortex and c
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 4, 2019

The Other Side of 40 – The Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lungs) System – Changes, Challenges, Solutions

Introduction The fourth part of this series looks at your heart and lungs. Click here for the post on changes in your skin. Click here for the post on changes to your musculoskele
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 19, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Cholesterol – What you should know.

Most people know just enough about cholesterol to be able to do something about it should they choose. Still, seventy-one million American adults have abnormally high cholesterol,
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 12, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Lowering Your Risk for Infection

There are things you know, there are things you know but don’t really know, and there are still other things that you think you know that you don’t know at all. When it
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 11, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Five Frequently Asked Questions on Lupus

  What is lupus? What causes it? In general terms, lupus is a disease in which your immune system malfunctions and attacks your healthy tissue. This is known as an autoimmune dis
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 30, 2018

Aspirin – It’s Not Just for Heart Attacks Anymore

Introduction Should you take an aspirin a day? If so, why? Aspirin isn’t just for heart attacks anymore… not that it ever was! Aspirin has been known to be a pain relie
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 23, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: You’re Way Too Comfortable With Fainting

Don’t faints seem mysterious?  It’s as if your computer crashed and had to reboot.  Although we never seemingly figure out why computers are so crazy, fainting (syncope) is r
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 25, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Childhood Obesity

Here’s the thing. Adults have control over and choices about how to live their lives. In the overwhelming majority of cases, children do not. Yet, in the overwhelming majorit
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 1, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Stroke Awareness Month

This content of this post is so simple yet important that it really warrants taking up space in a few of your brain’s cells. Most of us know someone who has suffered from a strok
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 5, 2018

Your Questions on The Health Benefits of Red Wine

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post answers your questions about the health benefits of red wine. So alcohol is good for me now (especially after all those other blog posts
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 8, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Expiration Dates on Food, Medicines and Cosmetics

We’re all faced with the decision. When you’re sick, have you ever rummaged through the medicine cabinet and discovered an old prescription? Perhaps you wanted to wear your ext
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 23, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: What Should Be in Your Medicine Cabinet

You’ve all done it. I’ve caught a few of you doing it. Why do you rummage through someone else’s medicine cabinet? Are newer homes even built with medicine cabine
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 20, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Why Are Athletes At Such Risk For Pulmonary Embolus?

Let’s begin today’s Straight, No Chaser by being sure not to overstate the case. All things being equal, young healthy individuals and superbly conditioned athletes have di
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 19, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Pulmonary Embolus (A Blood Clot in the Lungs)

When I was a young, wide-eyed medical student, I learned that in a large number of cases, when people died from unexplained cases, the autopsies would often show the patient died f
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 18, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Blood Clots in Your Legs – Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

If you’re a sports fan, you’re likely aware of the death of a 52-year-old former star of the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers, Jerome Kersey, followed two days after
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 17, 2018
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