Gregory R. Giugliano, MD
- interventional cardiology
Location and Office HoursBaystate Medical Center
Springfield, MA 01199
- CIGNA HealthCare
- ConnectiCare of Massachusetts
- Fallon Community Health Plan
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- HMO Blue (BC/BS of MA)
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Massachusetts
- Health New England
- Tufts Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Baystate Medical Center
What are the heart health benefits of being in a good marriage?
HealthyWomen answeredWomen who are in satisfying marriages have a health advantage over unmarried women or those in unsatisfying marriages, according to a 2003 study published in Health Psychology. The study, which followed 493 women age 42 to 50 over 13 years, found that women in good marriages were less likely to develop risk factors leading to cardiovascular disease compared to other middle-age women.
How is heart valve disease (valvular heart disease) diagnosed?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
When your doctor listens to your heart with a stethoscope, one thing they are checking for is any murmuring or clicking sounds, which can be signs of stenosis or regurgitation. Your doctor will also consider any symptoms you mention. If an irregular sound is heard, your doctor may order further tests. Other kinds of tests include those that provide visual images of your heart and valves (chest MRI, coronary angiography, chest X-rays, and echocardiography) as well as tests that show heartbeat patterns (electrocardiography - EKG or ECG).
Why should I take two baby aspirin for heart protection?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredLike they say in Vegas, it's all about the odds. When you take 162.5 mg or greater of aspirin, you reduce your arterial aging by 36 percent. With 82 mg, the reduction is 13 percent. Since the side effects are just a little greater with 162 mg, the benefit of taking 162 mg is far greater-with a little increase in risk. Las Vegas won't give you such odds without paying a much greater price. For aspirin, the bump up is great for the "increased risk." We'll take those odds every time.
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