Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease (Part 1)

By:  Samuel J. Stagg III, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P. Approximately one out of two of us will die of heart disease or stroke. Finding out which factors cause these diseases is crucial to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of our most serious health risk.1 In the early 1960s, the initial results from the Framingham Heart Study2gave us an initial glimpse into the …

How Heart Attack and Stroke Savvy Are You?

You discover your neighbor lying on his porch and rush over to check him out. He’s conscious but short of breath, so you grab your cellphone and call 911. You wonder if he’s had a stroke or heart attack. When the paramedics arrive and examine your neighbor, you overhear the words “myocardial infarction.” As they load the patient into the …