Take Your Pulse and Prevent A Stroke

Hopefully by now everyone has gotten the message that atrial fibrillation is associated with stroke (and, most importantly, that we have ways to prevent those associated strokes). Atrial fibrillation occurs when the normal, regular, synchronous action of the upper chambers of the heart becomes chaotic, rapid and inefficient. Take a look at this video to … Continue reading Take Your Pulse and Prevent A Stroke

Is September Really National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month (And Why Does It Matter?)

The skeptical cardiologist received an email from a woman telling him that September is atrial fibrillation awareness month and offering me the free use of an infographic given that I “care deeply about helping people living with AF.” Well, I do care about deeply about people living with atrial fibrillation and pretty much all cardiac … Continue reading Is September Really National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month (And Why Does It Matter?)

Atrial Fibrillation And Stroke

Atrial fibrillation occurs when the normal, regular, synchronous action of the upper chambers of the heart becomes chaotic, rapid and inefficient. Some who go into atrial fibrillation know it right away because they feel bad-they feel what we doctors term palpitations:their heart beating rapidly or irregularly (fluttering). They may have other symptoms associated with this … Continue reading Atrial Fibrillation And Stroke

The Oura Ring For Personal Sleep Analysis: Lots of Hype and Data, Little Science, Utility or Accuracy

The Oura ring is a novel, multisensory device that claims to be able to distinguish sleep stages, including REM sleep,. I purchased one recently and after several months of evaluation and an extensive look at the data supporting it I have to say I am much more impressed with OURA’s  hype, marketing and style than any … Continue reading The Oura Ring For Personal Sleep Analysis: Lots of Hype and Data, Little Science, Utility or Accuracy

QardioArm: Stylish, Accurate and Portable. Is It the iPhone of Home Blood Pressure Monitors?

The skeptical cardiologist frequently has his hypertensive patients check their BPs at home and report the values to him. An easy, accurate and efficient way to record BPs at home, and transmit to the doctor, is my Holy Grail for management of hypertension; QardioArm offers to improve on this process compared to more conventional home BP cuffs. I recently bought … Continue reading QardioArm: Stylish, Accurate and Portable. Is It the iPhone of Home Blood Pressure Monitors?

Kardia’s Fascinating SmartRhythm For Apple Watch Is Very Cool: Will It Allow Personal Atrial Fibrillation Detection?

The KardiaBand for Apple Watch from AliveCor has delivered on  its  unique promise of a medical grade single lead ECG recording made by placing your thumb on your wristwatch band. The ECG recordings are equivalent in quality to those made by their previously available KardiaMobile (see my prior post here.) After more experience with the … Continue reading Kardia’s Fascinating SmartRhythm For Apple Watch Is Very Cool: Will It Allow Personal Atrial Fibrillation Detection?

Should Fitness Be A Vital Sign?

The skeptical cardiologist routinely probes his patients’ activity and exercise levels and encourages them to engage in 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly. However, I’m somewhat skeptical of the benefit of treating such assessments as a vital sign (like blood pressure or heart rate)  as a recent AHA scientific statement suggests. I can only envision … Continue reading Should Fitness Be A Vital Sign?

Six Things a Cardiologist Loves About Apple Watch Series 1 – None of Which Involve Health

The skeptical cardiologist stopped wearing his initial wearable piece of technology (a Garmin device that constantly prompted him to move, described here), within 6 months of purchasing it; it just wasn’t worth the effort of charging and putting on the the wrist. I am not alone in finding FitBit type devices not worth wearing after … Continue reading Six Things a Cardiologist Loves About Apple Watch Series 1 – None of Which Involve Health

Life Extension Foundation for Longer Life: Would you like some snake oil with your redundancy?

Recently one of my patients presented me with a print out of the information contained in the “Life Extension magazine” July 2007 issue entitled “Reversing Atherosclerosis Naturally” She asked me to read this because I had recommended statin (cholesterol lowering) medical therapy to her and she did not want to take statins but preferred a … Continue reading Life Extension Foundation for Longer Life: Would you like some snake oil with your redundancy?