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 [...]

Critical Limb Ischemia – Am I at Risk?

What is Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI)?

Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI) is defined as leg pain occurring at rest or impending limb loss that is caused by severe peripheral artery disease (narrowing/blockage of the leg artery) and compromised blood flow. The National Institute of Health notes that patients with CLI have an elevated risk of future myocardial infarction, stroke and vascular death, 3-fold [...]

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Hypertension – Understanding Your Blood Pressure Numbers

Hypertension, colloquially known as high blood pressure, is very common and occurs in 1/3rd of the adult population in the United States. High blood pressure is a known risk factor for coronary artery disease, stroke, renal failure and heart failure. Therefore, I wanted to provide a brief description on how it is determined, what the numbers mean and illustrate the various stages as classified [...]

By |November 20th, 2015|cardiology|0 Comments|
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    CEAP Vein Classification – How does it Help Doctors & Patients?

CEAP Vein Classification – How does it Help Doctors & Patients?

What is CEAP?

CEAP vein classification system was developed in order to standardize the reporting and treatment of chronic vein disorders. CEAP allows physicians to now have a uniform diagnosis of vein disorders. Use of such a classification system improves the accuracy of the diagnosis and improves communication between specialists. The elements of the CEAP classification are:

  • Clinical – what the patient’s vein looks like; severity of [...]

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 [...]

Preventing Heart Disease – At Any Age

Heart Disease – Know Your Risks in Plano TX

Coronary artery disease (commonly know as heart disease) occurs when an artery becomes blocked, which prevents oxygen from getting to the heart. This blockage and subsequent lack of oxygen is due to plaque build up within the artery walls making it difficult for blood to flow to the heart muscle. It is the blood that carries [...]

How are Spider and Varicose Veins Evaluated?

I realize that the sight of spider and varicose veins can be alarming to some and that patients can be hesitant to have them evaluated. In order to help alleviate any anxiety, my practice offers an initial free spider and varicose veins consult. An evaluation of spider and varicose veins includes a meeting [...]

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 [...]

When is Varicose Vein Treatment Advisable/Not Advisable?

Varicose vein treatments are advisable if the condition is causing discomfort or if you just don’t like the way your legs appear. If advanced disease is present in the form of severe edema and skin ulcerations, then treatment is essential. Treatment is not advisable if severe peripheral vascular arterial disease is present in the affected [...]