Frequently Asked Questions:

Wednesday
Jun012011

Seeing a Preventative Cardiologist When You Are Healthy

"I am a 35 year old male in seemingly good health. Why should I see a preventative cardiologist?"
“A preventative minded cardiologist can help decrease your risk of developing heart disease and can order the appropriate lab tests in order to advise you with regards to nutrition, exercise and stress management to hopefully avoid heart disease in your future.”

Wednesday
Jun012011

Blood Pressure Medication or Not

"I've been told my blood pressure is borderline high. It averages 140/90. Do I need medication?"
“When I was a student in the late 1970’s, a blood pressure of 140/90 was indeed considered 'borderline'. However, as borne out by recent data, these figures are clearly in the abnormal range; therefore predisposing these individuals to future heart attacks & strokes. Such a level needs to be treated.”

Wednesday
Jun012011

Menopause Worries and Uncertainties

"I am a 50 year old woman going through menopause. I have night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, palpitations, no libido and terrible emotional swings. I'm afraid to go on estrogen, because of all the negative hype in the last four years, since the report of the Women’s Health Initiative was published. What can I do?” 
“First, there is no need to suffer a painful menopause. This integral change in a woman’s life is different from woman to woman. Some women seem to breeze through menopause and others suffer miserably. The Woman’s Health Initiative studied the effects of Premarin and Prempro along with commonly used progestin’s such as Provera. The women taking these hormones demonstrated an increase in heart disease, blood clots and cancer of the breast and ovary. The estrogens used are foreign to the human body. They are derived from the urine of pregnant mares. Moreover, the study was based on women that were post menopause, as opposed to women going through active menopause. The study did not address bio-identical hormones which are derived from wild yams. In my opinion, these are a safe alternative to the estrogens used in the past and can certainly aid women going through menopause.”

Wednesday
Jun012011

Growth Hormone Injections and Aging

"Is is true that growth hormone injections reverse the aging process?"
"I do not believe there is a 'fountain of youth' available at this time. However, certain hormones do indeed influence the aging process. HGH (human growth hormone) for example, has been known to favorably alter body composition by improving the muscle to fat ratio. It can also aid in wound healing, boost immunity and increase skin thickness, thereby eliminating the wrinkles. Moreover, it can improve the overall sense of well being.”

Wednesday
Jun012011

Side Effects of HGH

"What side effects do I need to be concerned with if I take HGH?"
“Although not proven, some experts believe that HGH can increase skeletal bone size and cause a condition called acromegaly, (this is quite rare). More common side effects include mild swelling of the ankles (edema) and tingling of the hands and fingers with exacerbation of carpel tunnel syndrome. However, in small doses, serious side effects are rare.”

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