The skeptical cardiologist first mentioned the Watchman left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) device in a cynical post on advertising for medical devices and drugs that I experienced at the American College of Cardiology meeting in 2018. I thought it would be ironic to get my picture taken inside the heart
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I’m often asked by new patients why I call myself the skeptical cardiologist. Some are concerned that a skeptical attitude may not be the best one in their physician. But the scientific bases of medicine have advanced primarily due to skeptics; individuals who questioned the conventional wisdom that had become
Preventive cardiologists have a wonderful tool for noninvasively identifying plaque (atherosclerosis) in the arteries to the heart: the coronary artery calcium (CAC) scan. Since 1/3 of Americans die from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD, mostly heart attacks and strokes) and dropping dead is often the first symptom of ASCVD, it is
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A recent trial of testosterone therapy has garnered much attention on social and mainstream media and caught the eye of the skeptical cardiologist. Published in
In 2015 a landmark NIH-sponsored trial looking at outcomes when hypertensive patients (aged >50 years) were randomized to treatment to a higher versus a lower
For the last several weeks I’ve been wearing a small, unobtrusive bracelet on my right wrist which has been silently monitoring my blood pressure on
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