Category Archives: Heart health

The More-Plaques-Fewer-Deaths Paradox

Majid Ali, M.D. More arterial plaques are associated with fewer deaths from heart attacks and strokes. No, you did not misread the sentence. I write precisely what I mean: people with less intense plaque formation have higher mortality from cardiovascular diseases. I anticipate harsh frowns from doctors on the title of this tutorial. The idea that plaques in arteries cause

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Majid Ali, M.D.  The Lungs Offer An Escape From the Tyranny of An Irritated Heart Can a restless heart save 40,320 beats per day? Hard to believe the answer is yes. Consider the following example: A 40-year-old man presented with a two-year history of overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism), heart palpitations, “shakes,” pain and stiffness involving several joints, and chronic fatigue.

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