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?)

The Full Omron HeartGuide Review: Is This Wearable Wristwatch Blood Pressure Monitor Right For You?

The Omron HeartGuide (OHG) is a digital wristwatch that takes oscillometric measurements of blood pressure. Named to TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2019 list, the promise of this device was succinctly summarized by an Omron executive: “Integrating a blood-­pressure monitor into a sleek watch that also measures sleep and activity makes staying on top of cardiovascular … Continue reading The Full Omron HeartGuide Review: Is This Wearable Wristwatch Blood Pressure Monitor Right For You?

Wally’s High Blood Pressure Tales: Of Dentists, Wrist Cuffs and an Experiment

Today’s post comes from the Wally, the life coach of the skeptical cardiologist,  who (ultimately) relates what happened when he agreed to do a blood pressure experiment in exchange for medical advice. Blood Pressure Story 1 I used to work for a company that, for a short time, rewarded healthy employees with lower insurance premiums. … Continue reading Wally’s High Blood Pressure Tales: Of Dentists, Wrist Cuffs and an Experiment

Atrial Fibrillation Detection, Personal ECG Monitoring and Ablation: A Patient’s Story

One of the joys of writing this blog is the communication it allows me with discerning  individuals and patients across the planet. One such reader, Mark Goldstein, discovered he was in atrial fibrillation after purchasing an Apple Watch 4. He now utilizes both the Kardia Mobile ECG and the Apple Watch to aid in his … Continue reading Atrial Fibrillation Detection, Personal ECG Monitoring and Ablation: A Patient’s Story

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?