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Every night, millions of Americans go to bed and drift into an evening of sleep that is anything but peaceful. They snore and gasp for air throughout the night, causing chronic sleepiness and increasing their risk of heart disease, hypertension and Type 2 diabetes. This condition, known as sleep apnea, affects an estimated 22 million…

Many things affect your health. Genetics. Lifestyle. Modern medicine. The environment in which you live and work. But although we rarely consider it, the degree of competition among health care organizations does so as well. Markets for both hospitals and physicians have become more concentrated in recent years. Although higher prices are the consequences most often discussed, such consolidation can also resultin worse health care. Studies…

New Jersey Cardiologists ask: Do you know the symptoms of a heart attack? Many people don’t. Many believe what they’ve seen of people having a heart attack on TV and in movies. You know what I mean, right? A man has intense chest pain and suddenly clutches at his chest and falls over. Well, that…

Key Points Question  Is statin adherence associated with mortality in stable patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD)? Findings  In this cohort study of patients with ASCVD and overall high-statin adherence, we found a graded, inverse association between statin adherence and mortality. This association was observed across patient subgroups and by statin intensity. Meaning  Clinicians should carefully track and…

When tennis star Andy Murray posted a hospital photo to Instagram last week, the pushback was swift. Not for the overshare, but for what some doctors said were medical errors, including misplaced IVs and unshaven arm hair. The British doctors who treated him insisted the procedures were, in fact, up to code. If experts can’t agree on…

In the age of the internet, it’s easier than ever to pull together lots of information to find the best doctor. And if you’re like most patients, the metric you probably rely on most is the doctor’s credentials. Where did she go to school? How many patients has he treated with this condition? You might…

“Doctor, could you please redo my insulin prescription? The one you gave me is wrong.” My patient’s frustration was obvious over the phone. She was standing at the pharmacy, unable to get her diabetes medication. We had gone through this just the week before. I’d prescribed her the insulin she’d been on, at the correct dosage, but…

Here’s another reason why getting a good night’s sleep should be on your must-do list: Sleeping fewer than six hours a night or waking frequently raises your risk of developing damaging plaque in arteries throughout your body, not just your heart. Previous research has shown poor sleep to be strongly associated with coronary heart disease,…

Hudson County Cardiologists understand. We all loved the end-of-year holidays, right? We looked forward to all the gatherings and parties and being with friends and family. And if your household is like ours, we also looked forward to all of the delicious foods that were served. Most of us put our diet and exercise plans…

While Hackensack cardiology specialists know that heart disease is the #1 cause of death in America, stroke is not far behind, at #3. 800,000 Americans have strokes every year; of these, approximately 75% are first attacks, while 25% are recurrent attacks. In addition, people can have “mini-strokes” (transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs) which do not…

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