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Snoring, heart disease and sudden death

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We saw two patients recently in our clinic, both with problematic cardiovascular ailments. The first one was a 48-year-old overweight mechanic whose blood pressure remained high despite four antihypertensive medicines he was taking at supposedly optimal doses. His family physician was already at his wit’s end and ran out of options to control his blood pressure

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Heart disease and stroke continue to threaten health

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Heart attack, stroke and cancer remain three of the top killers of Filipinos and pose a significant threat to millions of others, according to the Department of Health.

Posted: October 11th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

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 »

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