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Understanding Resting Heart Rate

By David Dunaief, M.D. How many of us regularly check our resting heart rate, or pulse, and what can we learn from it? Resting heart rate is pretty important. In fact, it may play a role in longevity, heart disease — including heart failure, arrhythmias, heart attacks...

Managing Hypertension

Nighttime pressure readings may better predict cardiovascular events By David Dunaief, M.D. Roughly 45 percent of adults in the U.S. have hypertension, or high blood pressure. That’s almost one in two adults, or 108 million people, of which 82 million do not have...

Dementia prevention strategies

Intensive lifestyle changes may grow protective telomeres By David Dunaief, M.D. Dementia may be diagnosed when someone experiences loss of memory plus loss of another faculty, such as executive functioning (decision-making) or language abilities (speaking, writing or...

Tipping the sodium to potassium balance

High sodium: potassium ratio increases cardiovascular risk By David Dunaief, M.D. We need sodium in our diets in modest amounts; however, many Americans overconsume it. Meanwhile, potassium, which we also need, is underconsumed. More than 90 percent of people consume...