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
The skeptical cardiologist was contacted in June by a reader seeking my input to help tell a story. He shared with me that he had recently undergone a coronary artery
Although a healthy diet and lifestyle are key factors in reducing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and atrial fibrillation not all cardiovascular disease is related to lifestyle. Some individuals, no matter
As I strolled into my PCP’s office this past September for my annual checkup & flu shots, I had no idea that I was about to become a “case study”
The skeptical cardiologist was listening to a podcast discussion between Sam Harris and Eric Topol recently and became flabbergasted. Topol, the “world-renowned cardiologist” who is seemingly everywhere in media these
Ilene Has High Cholesterol With A "Wonderful Ratio" And A Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion: Should She Take A Statin?
Recently the skeptical cardiologist was asked by Ilene, a reader with an HDL almost as high as her LDL and a history of branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) whether she
Coronary Artery Calcium Scan Embraced By New AHA/ACC Cholesterol Guidelines: Will Insurance Coverage Follow?
The skeptical cardiologist has been utilizing coronary artery calcium (CAC) scans to help decide which patients are at high risk for heart attacks, and sudden cardiac death for the last
If you have had a heart attack at an early age or one of your parents did but your standard risk factors for coronary heart disease are normal you should
Anthony C. Pearson M.D., F.A.C.C. is a cardiologist, musician, writer and a regular columnist at MedPage Today