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Should I Take Statins to Reduce My Risk of Heart Disease? 

By January 2, 2020 Just the Facts

Statin are medications that lower cholesterol with minimal side effects for most patients, and they “should be used for primary prevention in patients who have no symptoms but have the risk of developing heart disease,” says Aneta Dimova, MD, a cardiologist at HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus.

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What Is Broken Heart Syndrome?

By January 2, 2020 Just the Facts

Known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy and takotsubo syndrome, broken heart syndrome first described women who buried their husbands and later experienced heart failure, says Cary Hirsch, MD, Medical Director, Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital.

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How Reliable Are Wristwatch Health-Tracking Apps?

By January 2, 2020 Just the Facts

Around 450 types of wearable devices, including watches, wristbands and rings, compile data about the number of steps taken, along with temperature, heart rate, sleep patterns and oxygen saturation, which can be downloaded to nearly a half million apps or other computer programs and sent to healthcare providers.

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Is Intermittent Fasting Healthy?

By January 2, 2020 Just the Facts

“Fasting for several hours or even up to a few days has recently regained popularity, and it may be safe for some people but is not advisable for everyone. It may even be dangerous for others,” says J. Keith Festa, MD, Associate Director of Medical Affairs at MidHudson Regional Hospital.

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Here’s How to Successfully Keep Your News Year’s Resolutions

By January 2, 2020 Just the Facts

Most resolutions center on four principles: redemption, renewal, hope and accountability, says Stephen J. Ferrando, MD, Director of Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center.

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5 Habits Parents Need to Teach Their Kids for Good Heart Health 

By January 2, 2020 Just the Facts

“It’s never too early to instill healthy heart habits,” says Michael Gewitz, MD, William Russell McCurdy Physician-in-Chief and Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. “In our preventative cardiology program, parents and children learn about the ways to protect their hearts together.”

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This Navy Veteran Is Encouraging You to Listen to Your Doctor

By December 30, 2019 Features

“It can save your life,” says Patrick Donovan.

By Rita Ross
As seen in the January/February 2020 Issue of Advancing Care

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The Frightening Cardiac Challenge This Former Bariatric Patient Had to Overcome

By December 30, 2019 Features

Saugerties resident Pamela Steyer is celebrating life with the help of the cardiology team at WMCHealth.

By Marc Ferris
As seen in the January/February 2020 Issue of Advancing Care

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Arterial Bypass Grafts Got This Teacher’s Aide Back in Her Classroom

By December 30, 2019 Features

The surgical team at Good Samaritan Hospital helped Denise Hurban find strength from within.

By Melissa F. Pheterson
As seen in the January/February 2020 Issue of Advancing Care

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A Maryland Resident Comes to Westchester Medical Center to Fix His Heart Problem

By December 30, 2019 Features

When a Maryland hospital couldn’t fix his heart problem, Levon Andonian traveled here and got a new lease on life.

By Deborah Skolnik
As seen in the January/February 2020 Issue of Advancing Care

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