Blood pressure during and after exercise

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

High blood pressure puts you at increased risk for suffering a heart attack or stroke and damaging every organ in your body. Lowering high blood pressure helps to protect you from these complications (JAMA, 1970;213:1143-52). Blood pressure is at its lowest at bedtime. Your blood pressure is too high if it is: • above 120/80 […]

Exercisers have more stable plaques  

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Two recent breakthrough studies give the best explanation yet of how exercise helps to prevent heart attacks. Competitive older endurance athletes may have more plaques in their arteries than non-exercisers, but they have the type of plaques that are far less likely to break off and cause heart attacks (Circulation, April 27, 2017;136:138-148; May 2, […]

Nobody should ever die of heat stroke

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Nobody should ever die of heat stroke, a rapid uncontrolled rise in body temperature that causes you to pass out. Your body sends you warning signals as your temperature rises. In 1965, I almost died from heat stroke in an unimportant local race in Arlington, Virginia. I passed out during the race and lay unconscious […]

Power napping can improve memory in adults

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Power napping for an hour can help you to learn, remember and interpret more efficiently. When I was in high school, I found that I could study best immediately after awakening from at least a 45-minute nap. Only then could I read, study and memorize efficiently. I think this technique will work for almost everybody. […]

Side Stitch: Belly pain while running

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

It took years for the medical community to learn what causes a side stitch in which a runner suddenly develops a sharp stabbing pain, usually in the right upper part of the belly just underneath the ribs. With continued running, the pain worsens, but it goes away as soon as you stop running. Dr. Tim […]

Dina Merrill and Dementia

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Dina Merrill was an American actress and philanthropist who was the only child of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the Post Cereals heiress who became the richest woman in America, and her second husband, E.F. Hutton, the fabulously-wealthy founder of the financial company that bore his name.   Known throughout her life for her high intelligence, drive, […]

Roger Moore’s many medical problems

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Roger Moore was an English film and television star who was most famous for having played secret agent James Bond in seven films from 1973 to 1985.  In 1991, he was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for his work in helping underprivileged children. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.  He received a […]

Alcohol and heart attacks

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Moderate drinking does not appear to prevent heart attacks.  An analysis of 45 studies of relationships between heart attacks and alcohol consumption reports that the studies that associated moderate drinking with reduced heart attack rates are flawed (Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, May 2017;78(3):375-386). To show that moderate drinking is associated with heart […]

Roger Ailes and Hemophilia

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Seventy-seven-year-old Roger Ailes had hemophilia, a genetic inability to clot normally, so when he fell at his home on May 10, 2017, and hit his head, he bled into his brain which caused a subdural hematoma.  The massive bleeding and tremendous pressure squashed his brain and killed him eight days later.    Ailes was one […]

Gregg Allman and liver cancer

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Gregg Allman was a very famous musician, singer and songwriter who, together with his brother, founded The Allman Brothers Band, one of the top bands in America in the late 1960s and the 1970s.  He wrote and played top hit songs “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa,” “Whipping Post,”  “Trouble No More,” “Blue Sky” “Ramblin’ Man” and “Dreams.” […]

More good news about nuts and peanuts

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Several recent articles show that eating tree nuts or peanuts with a high-fat or high-sugar meal prevents the expected high rise in blood factors that increase risk for the inflammation that can lead to diabetes, heart attacks or strokes. • Three ounces of ground peanuts that contain 198 kcal taken with a high-fat meal prevented […]