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Inflammation, Ablation, Fats, LDL, etc .. My review of ESC 2017

The European Cardiology Congress, ESC as it is called, has grown into the largest medical meeting in the world. This year, more than 31,000 attendees from 153 countries came to Barcelona. I was busy. Here is an update of the big stories: Inflammation:  Experts agree that inflammation associates with heart disease. One of the keys […]

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An antidote for inflammation

Being mid-week, I had planned to tell you about the recent news concerning the role of fitness as a predictor of real outcomes. Important as this is, it will have to wait. I’ve got something much better. Though it isn’t about exercise; it is about health and happiness and soothing inflammation. Writing this year’s best […]

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Could NSAIDs actually cause inflammation?

This one is for you exercisers out there. You know me; I love to write about dogma-busters. I’ve got a good one for you tonight. For endurance exercisers, runners and cyclists alike, few myths have been more persistent. Imagine: We actually think taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) before exercise improves performance and relieves post-effort soreness. […]

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Fat cells as Inflammation Factories

The headline called it “the new” science behind America’s deadliest diseases. WSJ reporter Laura Landro was talking about inflammation and its role in causing human disease. Now, you all know my reaction when a prestigious newspaper features a founding principle of this blog. Well, let’s just say it felt awfully nice. A brief Mandrola review […]


More pieces in the Heart Disease puzzle: Dads and Inflammation

As if on cue, after my meandering about inflammation on Cycling Wed, the famous British journal, Lancet, publishes a possible landmark study on how certain groups of genes found on the Y-chromosome may increase the risk of heart disease in men. (Think back to biology. The Y- chromosome imparts maleness and is passed from father […]

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CW: Let’s talk inflammation and health…

Tonight, I’d like to try to clear something up. I write a lot about inflammation. I use the term loosely and by so doing, I risk being imprecise. Sorry about that. (I’m far more precise with an ablation catheter than words on a blog.) My reason to focus on inflammation stems from my belief that […]

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CW: A summer’s cauldron of inflammation

People who exercise outdoors face a new threat. It’s unrelenting. Consistent. Inescapable. Perhaps, even more dangerous than distracted or mean motorists. It’s the heat. Gosh, is it hot. If only I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say, “Doctor M, you aren’t riding in this heat; are you?” Well…Other than the fortunate […]

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More inflammation will not solve the doctor shortage

There is a lot about young people that I don’t understand. Tattoos, body piercing, rap music and a complete lack of desire to detach from smart-phones are a few likes that make little sense to me. But one of the new generation’s basic tenets that I find highly enviable is their desire for balance between […]

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Inflammation and business travel: Lessons from the journey…

“What do you do for a living?” I ask this of nearly all patients, as inflammation doesn’t just come in processed food wrappers, plastic bottles of carbonated beverages or cartons of tobacco products.  Artery irritating, arrhythmia triggering inflammation can also emanate from one’s occupation. Keep your eyes, ears and mind open, and it is striking […]

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AF, Ablation, Stents and Five Nuances

Joan has left an excellent comment on my recent 2019 AF ablation update. She brings up many important issues. Let’s dissect it. Q: Joan asks if it is common to see patients who think they are cured after AF ablation but are still in AF?  A: The scenario I described in my previous post is […]

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Recap of 2017 in Cardiology

Hi all. | Medscape Cardiology published my picks for the top stories of 2017. Here is the link: Mandrola’s Top 10 Cardiology Stories of 2017 I called it the year of the medical reversal. Medical reversals occur when a superior study contradicts current practice. I love medical reversals. First, they make you think about history. […]