I have pot belly and simply cannot get rid of it. I do at least 100 crunches everyday and have even tried one of those bands that you were to try to loose the fat. Do you have any suggestions? The South Beach diet claims that you will lose the fat around your abdomen first. Is that true?
I am a 70-year-old male in reasonably good health. However, I am 25 pounds overweight and get little exercise. My pulse rate is 38 to 50 beats per minute. I feel tired all the time. Could my low pulse rate be the problem?
News reports suggest that alcohol is good for your heart and lowers blood pressure. Are there advantages to drinking alcohol?
My husband has always flown off the handle quickly, but for the last several years it seems as though no matter what I do, he becomes angry. I feel this is very unhealthy for me and the children, and I can't imagine that it is good for him either. Do you have any suggestions?
What is a brain attack? Is it as serious as a heart attack?
My doctor told me my cholesterol was normal even though I had a heart attack. What is a normal cholesterol level? What can I do to prevent a second heart attack?
I drink five cups of coffee a day. My wife tells me that coffee causes heart disease. Is coffee harmful to my health?
My uncle had an angioplasty and four months later he had to have it done again. Is it common for patients to need a second angioplasty even though the first one seemed so successful?
When I came back from Europe last summer my left leg was swollen. My doctor said there was a blood clot in the leg and that I had what he called "economy-class syndrome." What is that and can I get it again?
How soon can one exercise after finishing a meal without hurting my digestive system?
I have been reading a lot about the benefits of fish. I really don't like fish very much. Couldn't I just take the fish oil supplements and get the same benefits?
I have a heart problem. I had a heart attack and a stent put in last year and am worried about getting a flu shot. I worry a lot about getting the flu with my heart condition. What is your advice?
I have been using garlic for years to protect against heart disease. My father had a heart attack at 60 and I am 74 and have had no heart trouble. My doctor says I have a heart of a 20 year old. What is you opinion about garlic?
I take Lipitor for my cholesterol. I was told by my doctor not to eat grapefruit because it made the Lipitor not work. Is this correct? What about orange juice?
What is a heart attack and what causes it?
I am not overweight, but I am looking for a diet that will be the most successful for a long and healthy life. What diet seems to be the best?
Every holiday season I manage to gain about 10 pounds. I try not to eat so much, but we go to parties and pretty soon my pants are too tight. Do you have any tips for minimizing holiday weight gain?
I have an irregular heartbeat and my doctor told me I have PVCs. Though he said it is nothing to worry about, I get really frightened when my heart jumps around in my chest. What do PVCs mean? Can this problem cause a heart attack?
What is the difference between a panic attack and a heart attack?
My husband refuses to eat breakfast claiming that it helps him keep his weight down. Yet, he is still overweight. I have always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Is this correct?
What are the benefits of physical activity? Can exercising control my weight?
My father had a heart attack when he was 54. What can I do to reduce my risk for having a heart attack?
My son is uses smokeless tobacco. He is 19 and all of his friends use it because they can’t go anywhere to smoke cigarettes. He tells me there is scientific information that says that smokeless tobacco is far safer than smoking cigarettes. What do you think?
I have had a great deal of trouble quitting smoking. I am a 55-year-old woman and every time I try to quit, I seem to gain weight. Is there any kind of approach that you recommend to help me?
My primary care doctor told me I have metabolic syndrome and will develop diabetes if I am not careful. She told me I had to exercise, but I hate exercise. Do you have an alternative?
I've been having a lot of trouble at work. I've been working long hours, and my boss seems to be always on my back. Do you think stress causes heart attacks?
I find the dietary recommendations are becoming more and more confusing. For years I was told eat more starches and less fat; now I understand that there may be a new food pyramid. What are your current recommendations?
I have read that food labels now indicate how much trans-fat is contained in food. What are trans-fats and how much can we eat safely?
I had a heart attack four years ago and am taking several drugs including a cholesterol medication, an ACE inhibitor, and a beta blocker. I am impotent and my doctor told me I couldn't take Viagra. Is it true that heart patients shouldn't take Viagra at all? What is the danger?
I'm very confused about vitamin E. I have been taking it because I am a heart patient and it's supposed to be good for your heart. Additionally, I have heard it can protect against some kinds of cancer. What is your opinion? If you think it is useful, what dose should I be taking?
I'm trying to figure out what exercises are the best for me. I've never been much of an athlete and I'm afraid I'll hurt myself I go out to get to vigorous to having suggestions?
My friends tell me that women are more at risk for a heart attack than men. Is this true?