Dapagliflozin and Vericiguat – Two Novel Therapies for Heart Failure

Dapagliflozin (brand name Farxiga among others) and vericiguat are two very different and unrelated drugs that have recently been shown to be effective for patients with heart failure. Of course, this is great news because heart failure is a common and often serious medical condition affecting an estimated 26 million people worldwide (1). In the … Read more

COVID-19, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and the Health of the Infant

At this time, very little is known about the effect of COVID-19 on pregnant women and infants. There are currently very few specific recommendations to pregnant women regarding the evaluation or management of COVID-19. With my daughter in law moving closer to the third trimester of her second pregnancy and my son in almost daily … Read more

POTS – Postural Tachycardia Syndrome

The postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a disorder of young people and usually becomes manifests between ages 14-45. It is characterized by an abnormal increase in heart rate without a significant change in blood pressure upon standing. It is estimated that at least 500 thousand Americans suffer from the disorder (1). Of this total, 25% … Read more

Intermittent Fasting and Health – What Does Science Say?

Intermittent Fasting - The Scientific Evidence

Intermittent fasting has recently gained popularity as a means of reducing body weight and improving health. Animal studies suggest that intermittent fasting may promote healthy aging and increase longevity. Our human ancestors had different food habits than we do. They did not routinely eat two to three regularly spaced, large meals every day. Food was … Read more