Posts Tagged ‘cardiovascular medicine’

CWRUmedicine’s Dr Sahil Parikh advises Men seeking ED drugs for heart checkups also

March 16, 2010

Men with heart disease who also have erectile dysfunction die sooner than men who do not seek treatment for impotence, researchers reported.

They found that men who had both conditions were twice as likely to die from any cause and twice as likely to have a heart attack than men with heart disease alone.

The researchers expressed concern that using drugs such as Pfizer’s (PFE.N) Viagra or Eli Lilly’s (LLY.N) Cialis to treat erectile dysfunction could mask the symptoms that point to widespread heart and artery disease and said men complaining of impotence should be checked by a cardiologist.

“It has long been known that erectile dysfunction is a marker for cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Sahil Parikh at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

The first impotence drug, Pfizer’s Viagra, known generically as sildenafil, was at first developed to lower blood pressure, he said.

“They realized it had this other effect, which patients quite enjoyed,” Parikh said in a telephone interview.

HAPPY SIDE-EFFECT

Viagra and rival drugs such as Eli Lilly’s Cialis and Bayer AG’s BAYG.DE Levitra all work by increasing blood flow.

“In order to have proper erectile function, you have to have adequate blood flow to the genitals. If you have atherosclerosis, whether in the arteries on the neck, which can cause stroke, or the arteries of the heart, which can cause heart attack … it is the same disease.”

But while the erectile dysfunction drugs help blood flow all over the body, they do not treat the underlying hardening and narrowing in the arteries that is causing the problem.

“If patients have erectile dysfunction, we have to be very aggressive about screening and treating them for heart disease,” Parikh said.

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Coffee good for your heart? MSNBC talk to CWRUmedicine’s Dr. Sahil Parikh

March 8, 2010
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A new study says coffee helps prevent irregular heartbeat. MSNBC’s Alex Witt talks with cardiologist Dr. Sahil Parikh.
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Dr. John Blebea discusses an alternative to blood pressure medications

March 1, 2010

Some 7 million U.S. residents suffer from high blood pressure that can require multiple medications to control. But CWRUmedicine’s Dr. John Blebea has found that stimulating sensors in the neck’s carotid arteries with an implanted device can trigger the brain to expand the artery walls and lower blood pressure. Blebea likens it to a pacemaker for hypertension. “We’ve seen very dramatic drops in blood pressure in people that have, for many years, had resistant blood pressure that could not be reduced with any number of drugs,” says Blebea, chief of the division of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy and the director of the vascular center at University Hospitals.

Read more at Cleveland Magazine

MSNBC “Inside the O.R.” Heart Surgery Video

March 1, 2010

CWRUmedicine Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

February 26, 2010

The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, a premier center for comprehensive care of patients with diseases affecting the heart and vascular system, has a goal to create a national center of excellence in cardiovascular research and physician education, as well as patient care.
Learn more at CWRUmedicine.org

Cardiovascular Medicine Research Innovation Video

February 24, 2010

CWRUmedicine’s Cardiovascular Medicine’s Research & Innovation Center is the largest biomedical research center in the state of Ohio, and one of the top 15 in the country.

Our Cardiovascular Research Center works specifically to improve the clinical diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. We use translational research (the clinical application of scientific medical research from lab to bedside) and advancements in biomedicine to improve industry standards and quality of patient care.

Learn more at CWRUmedicine Cardiovascular Medicine

UH System Achievement Award for Time-is-Muscle CWRUmedicine’s Cardiovascular Medicine Committee door-to-balloon time initiative

February 24, 2010

This is a multi-disciplinary team effort from EMS/Transfer Center, ED, cath lab, CICU, and Quality Center.

Median D2B reduced from 94 to 37 min with 100 per cent of pts receiving AHA/ACC recommended D2B less than 90 min.

Key Department of Medicine MDs included Madan Mohan, Rich Jospehson, Tom Lassar, Shyam Bhakta, Tom Carrigan, Marco Costa, and Dan Simon.

Learn more about Cardiovascular Medicine at CWRUmedicine

Congratulations to the Department of Medicine doctors who have been awarded the “Best Doctors” title by their peers.

February 24, 2010

The Department of Medicine would like to congratulate our doctors who have been recognised in Cleveland Magazine’s “Best Doctors” list.

We want to thank the entire community of CWRUmedicine physicians, nurses and staff for the work they do every day.

2010-bestdocsCardiovascular Medicine
Dr. Mauricio S. Arruda
Dr. John Blebea
Dr. Barry A. Effron
Dr. James Fang
Dr. Michel George Farah
Dr. Steven A. Fisher
Dr. Robert Goldstein
Dr. Austin A. Halle IIIte
Dr. Brian Hoit
Dr. Richard A. Josephson
Dr. Joseph I. Krall
Dr. Judith Mackall
Dr. Sri Krishna Madan Mohan
Dr. Carl E. Orringer
Dr. Aaron Proweller
Dr. Daniel I. Simon
Dr. Bruce S. Stambler
Dr. Albert L. Waldo

Clinical and Molecular Endocrinology
Dr. Baha Mahmoud Arafah

Gastroenterology and Liver Disease
Dr. Amitabh Chak
Dr. Fabio Cominelli
Dr. Gregory S. Cooper
Dr. Ashley L. Faulx
Dr. Gerard Isenberg
Dr. Jeffry A. Katz

Oncology and Hematology
Dr. Matthew M. Cooney
Dr. Brenda W. Cooper
Dr. Afshin Dowlati
Dr. Stanton L. Gerson
Dr. Joseph Gibbons
Dr. Smitha Subramanyan Krishnamurthi
Dr. Hillard Michael Lazarus
Dr. Nathan Levitan
Dr. Neal J. Meropol
Dr. Paula Silverman

Infectious Disease & HIV
Dr. Keith B. Armitage
Dr. Barbara M. Gripshover
Dr. Michael M. Lederman
Dr. Robert A. Salata

Nephrology & Hypertension
Dr. Donald E. Hricik
Dr. Daniel B. Ornt
Dr. Michael C. Smith

Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep
Dr. Rana B. Hejal
Dr. Hugo Montenegro
Dr. Robert John Schilz
Dr. Kingman P. Strohl