heart disease

Statins: Are they right for you?

What are Statins?

The U.S. National Library of Medicine defines statins as drugs that are used to lower cholesterol levels. Your body needs cholesterol to work properly – synthesize membranes, hormones, absorb vitamins and help digestion. But, too much cholesterol in your blood can form plaques on the walls of arteries. This gradual plaque growth, overtime, can affect blood [...]

Heart Attack Victim Survival Story

The Medical Center of Plano (TMCP) has featured a cardiovascular patient success story in the Winter 2016 issue of their Health Matters newsletter. The article describes how Mordecai N. Klein, M.D., FACC, and his great team of nurses and cath lab techs at TMCP were able to turn an almost fatal situation into one of survival.

The cardiac issue occurred when Richard Royster was at [...]

Heart Attack Symptoms – Are they different by Gender?

With the incidence of heart disease death rates declining more rapidly for men than women, I’m sometimes asked if the symptoms related to heart attacks might be different between genders as well. While there are commonalities in the heart attack symptoms that both men and women can experience, men tend to [...]

What Are Cardiac Risk Factors?

Curiosity may have killed the cat but it may just save your life. People like yourself in the surrounding Plano, TX area are often curious about their health. You may feel well, but have a family history of cardiac disease. You may have neglected your health and now want to turn yourself around and do what you can to stay well. Embarking on a [...]

My Leg Hurts – Do I Have PAD?

Do you have leg pain? Do you experience cramping in your calves with walking?  Do you have a sore on your lower leg or foot that isn’t healing?  Then you may have PAD and not know it!

Most people are familiar with the signs and symptoms of heart disease. Heart disease’s less-known sibling, Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), is hardening [...]

Know Thy Numbers!

February is American Heart Association Heart Health Month. The main thrust of this year’s AHA campaign is to have individuals focus on “knowing their numbers” so that they can participate in maintaining their heart health.

Putting Heart Attack Patients On Ice To Save Lives In Plano TX

Tracy Kornet
PLANO (CBS 11 / TXA21)CBS News

When someone has a heart attack the first thing medical professionals do is fight to save the heart. But that’s only half the battle. Now a North Texas doctor has created a new system that is giving patients a better chance at regaining their normal lives after nearly losing them. Looking at [...]

Daughter’s Birth Breaks Mom’s Heart – Literally

by JANET ST. JAMESPLANO — Parents often joke that their kids give them a heart attack. But for some new and expectant mothers, it’s no joke.
A North Texas couple is bringing attention to a rare, but known heart complication of pregnancy.
When Kariana Karhu was born in late December, her mother’s heart filled with pride and love. Two [...]

Karhu Family Story

The Karhu family were special guests at a patient reunion celebration on February 3rd. New mom, Suzanne, suffered a heart attack two weeks after giving birth to baby girl, Kariana. The cause was a rare complication known as coronary artery dissection. Pictured here with Cardiologist, Dr. Mordecai Klein, who diagnosed the life threatening condition upon arrival in the emergency room. It a wonderful survival [...]