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  • A New Blood Thinner May Outperform Coumadin

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 18, 2009 | 6:37 pm

    Atrial fibrillation is a very common abnormal heart rhythm affecting 3 million Americans.  The most dangerous complication of atrial fibrillation is stoke, which can happen when a blood clot forms in the fibrillating heart chambers and travels to the brain.

    Blood thinners have been... read on

  • The Facts on Red Yeast Rice

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 11, 2009 | 5:41 pm

    Many of my patients ask me whether they should take red yeast rice to lower their cholesterol.  This week’s issue of The Medical Letter has a very handy review of red yeast rice which I summarize below.

    Red yeast rice is a food that is produced by fermenting rice with a specific... read on

  • National Cholesterol Education Month

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 4, 2009 | 1:09 pm

    The CDC says that September is National Cholesterol Education Month, and who am I to argue?  So here is a dollop of education about cholesterol.

    • High cholesterol is a major risk factor for strokes and heart attacks.  Other risk factors include
      • smoking,
      • age,
      • high blood pressure,
      • ... read on
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