Category Archives: Cardiology

Sniffles + Ibuprofen = Heart Attack?

Having colds and taking nonsteroidal antirheumatics (NSA) are among the factors that increase the risk of heart attack. This risk can even increase by a factor of 7.2 if an NSA is taken during a respiratory type infection. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer
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Calcium Preparations: Creeping Calcifier

Many people reach for calcium supplements in order to cover their daily needs. According to a new study these preparations increase the risk of atherosclerotic impact and thus of getting cardiac disease as well. A more suitable option is a calcium-rich food supply. more...

VIDEO: Cardiology – viewing heartbeat in real-time

To examine the heart with a magnetic resonance imaging system, patients need to hold their breath. Only this way, physicians can get clear pictures. The University Medical Center of Göttingen, Germany, has now succeeded to take pictures of the heart in real-time. The more...

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Muscular Dystrophy Versus Polymyositis

The importance of looking for a treatable muscle disease and not diagnosing everyone with muscle weakness as having muscular dystrophy. In the many years I have seen children (and some adults) with neuromuscular disorders, I have had countless parents tell me that when more...

Consequences of Violating Trust During Residency

There is a trust involved between colleagues, especially since the times of a lighter schedule can be few and far between, and colleagues calling in for relief can take some of that time away. However, there are examples of that trust being violated, and in those more...

Blog entry by Chiduzie Madubata

When the Seemingly Simple Becomes Complex

I admitted a patient who was being transferred to the hospital for further treatment of prostate cancer. When he arrived at the hospital, he was frail but trying to show that he had some energy. He and his wife sat up as I walked into the room, and after I introduced more...

Blog entry by Chiduzie Madubata

A Radiating Job

Patients should be subjected to the smallest possible amount of ionising radiation. But what about doctors? Exposure to radiation isn't free from consequences. A recent study has shown the way that doctors and their assistants in the cardiac catheter lab have by way of more...

The Flicker of Broken Hearts

When a loved one dies, a burden remains on the bereaved. This also has an impact on the cardiac health of mourners: a recent study shows that one year after the death of a partner, the risk of having atrial fibrillation is significantly increased. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein

Women and Heart Disease

Traditionally perceived as a predominantly male problem, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are in fact the number one killer of women.1 Cardiovascular diseases cause approximately 46% of older women’s deaths globally, with the additional 14% of deaths caused by cancers more...

Flexikon Write Club

The Flexikon is all about medical knowledge. Get ready for the battle: We show you all the important tips and tricks to win the fight against ignorance! The principle of the Flexikon Write Club is simple: Participate – share your medical knowledge. But there are some more...

Article by Alexandra Schritz
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