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Understanding ADHD Stimulants and Heart Health

Welcome to the Cross County Cardiology education blog! Today, we’re diving into an important topic for young adults managing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with the help of medication. A recent study has shed some light on the long-term effects of ADHD stimulants, particularly regarding heart health.

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Genetic Traits, Stress, and Heart Health: New Insights from Recent Research

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In an eye-opening study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session, researchers have unearthed critical insights into the relationship between genetic stress sensitivity, mental health, and the risk of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) during periods of high social or political stress.

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Protecting Your Heart from Dental Work: Preventing Heart Infections After Dental Procedures

Going to the dentist keeps your teeth and gums healthy. But did you know that some dental treatments could affect your heart? Treatments like tooth extractions or gum surgeries can sometimes cause a serious heart infection called infective endocarditis.

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Understanding the Impact of Diabetes on Heart Health

At Cross County Cardiology, we are committed to educating our community about the critical links between chronic conditions and heart health, particularly how diabetes influences cardiovascular wellness.

The Heart of the Matter: Diabetes and Cardiovascular Risk

Diabetes, specifically type 2 diabetes, is a significant risk factor for developing various cardiovascular diseases, including coronary artery disease (which can lead to heart attacks), heart failure, and stroke. This risk is largely due to the ways in which high blood sugar levels over time can damage blood vessels and the nerves that control the heart.

How Diabetes Affects the Heart

  1. Blood Vessel Damage: High glucose levels in the blood can lead to the buildup of plaques in blood vessels, causing them to harden and narrow—a condition known as atherosclerosis. This narrowing restricts blood flow and can lead to heart attacks or strokes.

  2. Increased Blood Pressure: Diabetes often coexists with high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease. High blood pressure forces the heart to work harder to pump blood, which can weaken the heart over time and contribute to heart failure.

  3. Autonomic Neuropathy: Diabetes can affect the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary functions, including heart rate and blood pressure. Damage to this system can cause changes in heart rate and may lead to a sudden death due to heart problems.

  4. Diabetic Cardiomyopathy: Diabetes can change the structure and function of the heart muscle, leading to diabetic cardiomyopathy, which affects the heart's ability to pump blood effectively.

Prevention and Care Strategies

Managing diabetes effectively and maintaining optimal heart health involves several proactive strategies:

  • Regular Monitoring: Regular check-ups with a cardiologist are crucial for early detection and management of heart-related issues.
  • Lifestyle Changes: A heart-healthy diet low in saturated fats, regular physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight are essential.
  • Medication Adherence: Taking all medications as prescribed to manage both diabetes and potential heart issues is key.
  • Blood Sugar Control: Keeping blood glucose levels within a target range can help mitigate the risk of vascular damage.
  • Education and Awareness: Staying informed about the risks and symptoms of heart conditions can empower patients with diabetes to take timely action.

At Cross County Cardiology, our team of experts is dedicated to guiding our patients through the complexities of managing diabetes with a focus on cardiovascular health. We believe in a holistic approach that not only treats but also educates and empowers our patients to lead healthier lives.

For more information or to schedule a consultation contact us directly. Protect your heart by taking control of your health today!

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Exploring Eggs and Heart Health

The Cross County Cardiology education team is thrilled to share intriguing insights from the latest research in heart health and nutrition! 🍳❤️ Dive into the details with us as we explore a compelling study about eggs and cholesterol.

Eggs are often at the center of dietary discussions, especially concerning heart health. The recent PROSPERITY study, led by Dr. Nina Nouhravesh, investigated whether regular egg consumption impacts cholesterol levels—crucial indicators of heart health.

This study involved 140 individuals over 50 at high risk for heart disease, examining the effects of eating 12 fortified eggs weekly compared to consuming fewer than two. After four months, results showed minimal differences in cholesterol levels between the two groups. Those who consumed more eggs experienced slight improvements in cholesterol and other markers of heart health.

Dr. Nouhravesh highlighted that while significant differences weren’t observed, the study found no adverse effects from regular egg consumption. This suggests that fortified eggs might be safer for heart health than previously believed, indicating that eggs could be a viable option for those concerned with heart disease.

This research contributes valuable knowledge to the ongoing dialogue about diet and heart health, suggesting that eating eggs might not be as detrimental as once thought. Stay informed and make healthier choices with insights from the Cross County Cardiology education team.

Check out this article on TODAY.COM for more details!


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Unraveling the Hidden Costs: Navigating Insurance Fees After Out-of-Network Care

The Cross County Cardiology education team is at it again. Today, we have summarized a very important issue in our healthcare system: the intricate web of hidden insurance fees that can significantly impact patients financially, especially after receiving out-of-network healthcare services.

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E-Cigarettes and Heart Failure: A Critical Alert from Cross County Cardiology

Introduction: A Growing Concern Amidst Us

As the educational team at Cross County Cardiology, we're committed to raising awareness about significant health risks impacting our community. One such emerging concern is the use of e-cigarettes and its link to increased heart failure (HF) risks. Recent studies have brought to light alarming statistics, compelling us to address this issue head-on. Given the prestigious reputation of being the best Cardiology Group in Bergen County, we feel it's our duty to share these findings and guide our community towards better heart health.

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Having Trouble Sleeping Might Make Your Blood Pressure Go Up: Study

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Unlocking the Heart-Health Puzzle: The Impact of Mental Health Care

Unlocking the Heart-Health Puzzle: The Impact of Mental Health Care

Welcome to the Cross County Cardiology blog! Today, we're delving into a topic that is as vital as it is often overlooked: the undeniable link between mental health and heart health. Recent studies shed light on this connection, revealing how mental health treatment can significantly affect the well-being of individuals with heart disease.

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From the Cross County Cardiology Education Team: The Risks of Smoking Marijuana

Hey everyone! Today, we're talking about something important: how smoking marijuana might affect your heart. A study shared by the Journal of the American Heart Association looked at health surveys from 2016 to 2020 to find out more about this.

Main Points:

  1. Risks of Smoking Marijuana:

    • People who smoke marijuana a lot could have a higher chance of getting heart attacks and strokes.
    • If you never smoked tobacco but smoke marijuana every day, you're more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
  2. How People Use Marijuana:

    • About 3 out of 4 people in the study said they smoke it, but others might vape, eat, or drink products with marijuana in them.
  3. What the Experts Say:

    • Just like tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke can release harmful stuff that's not good for your lungs or heart.
    • With more states making marijuana legal to use for fun, more people are trying it, and doctors are seeing more health problems related to it.
    • The study couldn't say for sure that smoking marijuana causes heart disease, but it's something to think about, especially since a lot of people are using it.
  4. Looking Ahead:

    • The government is thinking about changing how they classify marijuana because it might have some medical benefits and might not be as risky as other drugs.
  5. Be Careful:

    • The study's authors warn that smoking marijuana could lead to health problems that we could avoid.
    • They're worried we might face a health crisis if we're not careful, just like with tobacco smoking.

What This Means:

Heart disease is a big deal in the United States, being the number one cause of death. With more people using marijuana, it's important to know it might not be as safe as some think. Even smoking it once a week has some risks.

Talk to Your Doctor:

If you're using marijuana, it's a good idea to talk about it with your doctor. They might not know all the risks either, but it's important to have an open conversation.


It's not great to put smoke in your lungs, no matter what you're smoking. And just because something is natural, doesn't always mean it's safe.

Stay informed and take care of your heart!


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