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Feb 14

February is Heart Health Month, Are You Doing Enough? Ultrasound Screening Could Save Your Life

February is National Heart Health Month, which raises awareness of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading killer among both men and women. There are many things we can do to stay heart healthy including eating a proper diet and getting plenty of exercise. It’s also important to know the signs of an impending heart attack: chest discomfort, shortness of […]

Jan 13

What is DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

So, what is deep vein thrombosis? And what does the evidence say about reducing our risk of developing it? Deep vein thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot (called a thrombus) in the deep veins of the leg. The clot can be either located in the lower leg or in the thigh, or both. […]

Oct 31

Question: My mom has a cancer mass on her abdomen, kidney area. Can we use ultrasound to monitor the mass size decrease through the treatment?

Question: My mom has a cancer mass on her abdomen, kidney area. She already has had three PET scans and we don’t want her exposed anymore to that kind of radiation during her cancer treatment. Can we use ultrasound to monitor the mass size decrease through the treatment? Answer: It is possible to visualize abnormal […]

Oct 31

Repost: Smoking Bans Cut MI Rate

  Smoking Bans Cut MI Rate By Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today Published: October 29, 2012 Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse Planner Click the bottom right corner of the video player for full screen. Action Points Indoor smoking bans […]

Sep 5

Fabrice Muamba Foootball Star retires, blame Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Cardiomyopathy, Arrhythmia

Athletes and Parents of athletes respond when a child in the community or a high profile athlete die or fall ill due to ACS, arrythmia or cardiomyopathy. Here is the story of a guy who stayed alive for 78 minutes without a pulse due to immediate medical attention and smart doctors. I wonder what an […]

Sep 3

I answer a patients question regarding a superficial vein thrombus our ultrasound discovered

Dear Patient AB, Thanks for the email.  I am not an MD nor have I ever attended medical school, so my opinion is based on my career as a Registered Vascular Sonographer only, so please don’t take it as medical advice.  I can explain to you treatment trends I have seen in my career. I […]

Sep 1

My reply to the article: High health care costs? The cultural guns turn on commercial screening groups

High health care costs? The cultural guns turn on commercial screening groups href=”http://www.sciencecodex.com/high_health_care_costs_the_cultural_guns_turn_on_commercial_screening_groups-97385#comment-3453″ title=”My response to the article link”> posted on: august 28, 2012 – 5:10am Appropriate use of screening tests can improve the health of the population and reduce health care costs through the avoidance of expensive care for advanced disease. Recent publications have […]

Aug 24

Resting Heart Rate Predicts Overall, Cardiovascular Mortality

According to the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants-Aug 22, 2012, high resting heart rates seem to be predictive of increased risk for overall and cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality and shorter survival times. “In the present study, heart rate at rest, a familiar and easily accessible clinical parameter, was found to be an […]

Jun 29

New evidence links ozone exposure to potential heart attacks

Study Highlights: Young, healthy adults exposed to ozone for two hours developed changes in their cardiovascular system which could explain a possible link between ozone exposure and death. Exposure to ozone, along with particulate matter (tiny airborne particles inhaled into the lungs), may be a major cause of the 2 million annual acute air pollution […]