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Improving treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysm – without open surgery

Abdominal aortic aneurysms take 15,000 lives in the U.S. each year. UT Southwestern is part of a clinical study to examine the effectiveness of a new device that may give more patients access to a less-invasive option to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms. Learn more

Discovery; Heart; Prevention

Obesity and high blood pressure: How a supplement might break the link

Obesity is one of the main causes of high blood pressure, although the connection has not been well understood. But Philip Shaul, M.D., and colleagues recently discovered that changes in our sugar molecules might be the missing link – and a supplement might help break the link. Learn more.

Heart; Prevention

The internet can be hazardous to your health. Really!

One of the most powerful health risks facing all of us in 2019 – and in the foreseeable future – is the proliferation of medical misinformation. Every day, it spreads across the internet through platforms like Google, Facebook, YouTube and other social media, and patients end up making health decisions – sometimes life and death decisions – based on faulty and flat-out incorrect material. Dr. Joseph A. Hill provides a physician's perspective and offers some solutions to root out the fake news.

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Follow the clues to find hope for advanced heart failure

A diagnosis of advanced heart failure sounds ominous, but the key to managing the condition is detecting it early. Dr. Mark Drazner, Chief of Cardiology at UT Southwestern, shares six simple clues that can help patients recognize advanced heart failure so they get the specialized treatment they need.

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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.

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TAVR is not the ‘beginning of the end’ for aortic stenosis open heart surgery

Two studies presented in March at #ACC19 are the talk of the cardiology community. Both address one question: Can low-risk patients with aortic stenosis benefit from TAVR? Dharam Kumbhani, M.D., says the data are intriguing, but the excitement is a bit premature. Learn more.

Heart; Nutrition

Considering keto? 3 health questions to think about

Is the keto diet safe? According to Anand Rohatgi, M.D., the answer is not as simple as ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Patients should consider these 3 health questions before giving up carbs to lose weight or prevent heart disease. Learn more in this week’s MedBlog.

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Why are we still in the middle of a ‘statins war’?

As medical journals and websites debate who should take statins and the severity of their side effects, Dr. Hill says not to forget that they save lives.

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What we know – and don’t – about South Asians’ heart disease risk

Why do South Asian people living in the U.S. have a higher risk of heart disease than other populations? In this week’s MedBlog, Parag Joshi, M.D., discusses the latest research shared at the 2019 American College of Cardiology conference in New Orleans. Learn more.