Read Dr. Lee Lewis's article on Harvard Medical School's health blog to learn about the dangers of insufficient sodium. This article investigates how much sodium we really need and ways in which "moderation is key".
Wondering what your 10-year risk of developing heart disease may be? Get an idea using this simple calculator tool.
PLEASE NOTE: This algorithm is not always accurate, as it is not as informed as your cardiologist, who has the benefit of knowing your other medical history and contributing lifestyle factors. This assessment can provide a baseline from which to start a discussion with your doctor. Call the office to speak with a clinician about scheduling an appointment or a cardiac test to learn more about your potential risk, at 617-732-1318.
You can assess your risk with the calculator here.
Although it may not be as influential as diet or exercise, sleep is one of the lifestyle factors that contribute to overall cardiac wellness. This brief article emphasizes the importance of maintaining a good sleep regimen. Ask your cardiologist about how your sleep habits may be impacting your heart, especially if you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or atrial fibrillation.
Partners Healthcare is always looking for volunteers to participate in their clinical trials. These research studies are performed at various Partners affiliates and locations, including Spaulding Rehabilitation and Newton-Wellesly, Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's Hospitals.
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At the Lown Cardiovascular Group, we encourage our patients to stay informed about their health and to be empowered to make the best possible medical decisions for themselves. Harvard Medical School publishes a series called Healthbeat that sends information relevant to your health concerns right to your email inbox (subscribe here). They recently put out an article addressing common misconceptions about seeking end-of-life care and the importance of advance planning for the future while you are healthy.
This article reviews some central themes of the Lown Cardiovascular Group's initiative, The Good Life Project (headed by Drs. Dara Lee Lewis and Charles Blatt, and NP Kristian Bakken). TGLP was created with the intent...
Many athletes suffer from chronic muscle cramping. It affects people during exercise, rest, or even sleep and can have debilitating and painful effects on an athlete’s performance. In 2004, women’s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain was unable to complete the Olympic Marathon due to muscle cramping midway through the race. So if even elite athletes suffer from this common problem, how do we fix it?
The first step is to make sure that electrolyte and hydration levels are sufficient. The easiest way to cramp is by dehydrating a muscle or upsetting the electrolyte balance (ex. magnesium, sodium, potassium). The first remedy most people use for cramps is an electrolyte sports drink...
In April, former Patriot and long time Bostonian Ron Brace died due to heart failure at the age of 29. After autopsy, medical examiners listed Brace’s cause of death as an irregular heartbeat combined with a heart condition caused by high blood pressure. Examiners ruled out the possibility of heart attack, as was assumed before the autopsy. Brace, six foot six and 330 pounds, was drafted in 2009 to the Patriots as a defensive lineman after a successful career at Boston College. He played 39 games over four seasons with the Patriots before retiring.
We at the Lown Group are deeply saddened by Brace’s story. Heart failure should not be a problem at age 29, and it represents a core issue in athletics. Many athletes are not giv...
Knowing the nutritional make-up of your diet is one thing, but have you ever thought about the psychology of what you eat? A new book combines both to help you lose weight and keep it off for life.
If you’ve ever overeaten, rushed your meal, eaten comfort or junk food, you’re not alone, but knowing each of these things isn’t good for you and figuring our why you do them could be the key to weight loss and a healthy life. Authors Ruth Wolever and Beth Reardon, both leading experts from Duke Integrative Medicine, spent 14 years researching The Mindful Diet, an innovative book that combines health psychology and nutrition.
While most of us have a fairly good idea of what we shouldn’t eat, it’s the ingrained...