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Decipher the heart code: 5-2-1-0-0

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The Philippine Heart Association (PHA), the 1,500-strong association of all heart specialists in the country, is now 62 years old. It’s undoubtedly one of the oldest medical organizations in the country.

Posted: June 28th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Tooth-brushing one’s way to a healthier heart

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Earlier this week, I had the privilege to speak before members of the Philippine Dental Association (PDA), upon the invitation of my good dentist-friends—Doctors Cora Flores, who’s the current PDA president; Nannette Vergel de Dios and Agnes Claros.

Posted: May 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Chelation therapy for blocked heart arteries?

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I am frequently asked by my patients, and sometimes by other physicians, if chelation therapy helps patients with blocked arteries in the heart. Several clinics in Metro Manila and other key cities in the country are offering it as an alternative to heart bypass surgery or angioplasty, another intervention used to clear the obstruction when the heart arteries are occluded such that the normal blood flow to the heart is impaired. The patient usually has chest pains or a feeling of tightness in the chest radiating to the neck or right shoulder.

Posted: April 26th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Mending ‘broken hearts’ of poor kids

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EHRAIZA (with his mother Evelyn) was one of the 50 fortunate recipients of DM Foundation’s “Save the Little Hearts” program. Photo by Charles E. Buban

The news that their child has a congenital heart defect would surely make parents anxious and worried about their child’s long-term health condition. For 36-year-old Evelyn Macaraig, the immediate health effect on Ehraiza, her 4-year-old daughter who has been her constant concern. For the past two and a half years, Ehraiza has been experiencing poor appetite, shortness of breath and has bluish fingertips and lips.

Posted: March 8th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Science and Health | Read More »

Even the young can suffer from heart disease, say experts

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HEART disease can occur even at an early age. A meat-based diet (beef, pork, chicken, egg, dairy), smoking and a sedentary lifestyle can hasten the process. Photo by Tessa R. Salazar

February is heart month. It is also a reminder that heart disease can strike at any age. Heart disease usually develops silently. Before any palpable damage to the heart occurs, a process called atherosclerosis (or “hardening of the arteries”) would most likely have been taking place in the arteries of the heart for many years, says preventive medicine expert Dr. Neil Nedley, MD, author of “Proof Positive.”

Posted: February 15th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Science and Health | Read More »

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