Posts Tagged ‘CAD’

In Coronary Artery Disease, Can Nurture Override Nature?

Posted by • December 14th, 2016

Mr. Locke, a 48-year-old man with prehypertension, comes to your office for a routine visit. He has a strong family history of coronary artery disease (CAD); his father and two brothers had myocardial infarctions in their 50s. His BMI is 31 kg/m2, he is a nonsmoker, but he does not exercise routinely. You suggest that… Read More…

CABG or PCI in Patients with Coronary Disease?

Posted by • March 16th, 2015

The great singer Whitney Houston posed a question over 25 years ago that many still ponder today.  “Where,” she asked, “do broken hearts go?” Of course, her classic song asks us to imagine a destination for the pain wrought by the dissolution of love.  Physicians, however, have more concrete possibilities in mind when asking where to… Read More…

Matters of the Heart: Multivessel Revascularization in Diabetic Patients

Posted by • December 19th, 2012

Your patient, Mr. Smith, is a good man with a bad heart.  He’s had diabetes for years and was recently diagnosed with three-vessel coronary artery disease (CAD).  Even mild exertion gives him chest pain.  Now that it’s winter, he wants to shovel the driveway, but his wife (an outspoken woman) will have none of it. “He… Read More…