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COVID; Heart

After heart attack, this rare procedure can save patients from a hole in the heart

VSD, or ventricular septal defect, is a complication in 1/1,000 patients who don't get ER care for a heart attack – and 97% die within a year of suffering this complication. This procedure is the last chance to save their lives.

COVID; Heart

Tragic trifecta: Coronavirus, heart attacks, and empty ERs

Fear of COVID-19 in the ER has led to fewer visits for heart attack symptoms. Unfortunately, the virus itself can cause severe heart damage. Do not ignore chest pains, especially during the pandemic. Get the facts in this week's MedBlog.

Heart

Medication as effective as stents, bypass for treating blocked arteries, major study shows

A landmark study has confirmed that, in certain patients with chest pain and abnormal stress tests, drug therapy can be just as effective as bypass or stents to prevent heart attack. In this MedBlog, James De Lemos, M.D., discusses how the findings can help patients save time and money, plus reduce unnecessary risks.

Heart

New drugs for cardiac amyloidosis provide hope for patients

For decades, there were no FDA-approved treatments for cardiac amyloidosis in the U.S. But in the last two years, two new therapies were approved for cardiac- and nerve-related ATTR. In this week's MedBlog, Justin Grodin, M.D., discusses these therapies and what they mean for North Texas patients.

Heart; Nutrition

The bitter truth: 25 cups of coffee a day might not be healthy

Is it safe to drink 25 cups of coffee a day like a 2019 study suggests? Wanpen Vongpatanasin, M.D., says probably not. Find out where the confusion comes from and what the experts say in this week’s MedBlog. Learn more.