Clinical Commentary

News on women’s health can be confusing to interpret. Our medical professionals periodically share their insights on what it can mean for you.

Can Personality Affect Your Heart?

Cholesterol Levels Vary During Menstrual Cycle

As a doctor, I often discuss how controlling your cholesterol levels are important to your health. Specifically, you should maintain healthy levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and reduce your levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol. You should also monitor your total cholesterol reading. These levels are determined via cholesterol tests.   More >

Exercise: An Hour a Day Could Keep the Weight Away

We’ve been told to exercise to maintain a healthy weight – that exercise is a great way to become or be heart-healthy – ]but what does that mean? And more importantly, how much should we exercise?   More >

Be Proactive: Check Your Resting Heart Rate

With heart disease being the number one cause of death of women in the United States, we should be especially aware of circumstances…    More >

Hormone Therapy and Heart Disease in Women

Menopause. It’s something all women go through (if they live long enough), and on average, it begins around age 51.    More >

Heart Disease in African American Women

Did you know that African American women have the highest incidences of hypertension than any other single population among men and women?    More >

Women, Wine, and Weight

For a long time, medical professionals and the general public have assumed that consuming alcohol means gaining weight. At Brigham and Women’s, we recently conducted a study that involved almost 20,000 women.    More >

Bill Clinton’s Story: What a Woman Can Learn from a Man About Cardiovascular Health

You may have heard about this in the news — our former President Bill Clinton, who underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2004, was recently hospitalized to have a clogged artery opened after he experienced discomfort in his chest.    More >

Be Happy for Your Heart’s Sake

Recent studies suggest that people who are positive, enthusiastic and content are less likely to develop heart disease than less happy people.    More >

From Alpha to Omega: Get Your Omega 6s

We know that the best way to prevent cardiovascular disease is to have a healthy lifestyle and to eat healthy. But what specifically can we eat to be healthy?    More >

Blood Pressure: Pressure’s On to Stay Healthy

I’m willing to bet you’ve had your blood pressure checked before. But has anyone ever explained to you why you should be concerned about your blood pressure?    More >

Vitamins: Multivitamin Supplements Vs. Nutrient-Rich Food Sources

How many times have you heard the age-old prompt, "Make sure you take your vitamin"?    More >

Chocolate: Cardiovascular Benefits Prove It’s Not Always a Junk Food

Changing what you eat can sometimes seem to be a great challenge – often because it seems that a change in diet limits the foods you enjoy. This isn’t always the case. More >

How Eating Like a Vegetarian Can Improve Your Heart Health

Studies have shown that it is actually possible to improve your health by eating like a vegetarian.    More >

Cutting Back On Your Sodium Intake

Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to monitor your intake of sodium, most of which comes from salt.    More >

The Mediterranean Diet Can Play a Key Role in Your Heart Health

The diet of populations of countries surrounding the Mediterranean Ocean (specifically Italy and Greece) has significant benefits, including lower rates of stroke, hypertension and heart attack.    More >

Ischemic Heart Disease Too Often Goes Undetected in Women

A comprehensive study suggests that many women have a form of heart disease called coronary microvascular dysfunction that isn’t detected by standard diagnostic procedures.    More >

Water Bottles and a Woman’s Heart

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the unhealthy side effects of plastic water bottles. What you may not know is that for women, the stakes may be even higher. More >

Where Hot Flashes Meet Heart Health

Did you see the July 1 article in The New York Times, “Seeking Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes”? If you’re like some of my patients, you may be wondering if your decision to try alternative therapies for the symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, will impact your heart health.     More >

Date Last Modified: January 21, 2011

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