Dr. Vicki Bralow’s Health Tips

Let’s get to the heart of it

The most important reason for patients to have a cardiac stent placed is to unblock an artery if they are having a heart attack. Cardiac stents are also commonly used to relieve symptoms of chest pain during exertion in patients who have narrowed (but not blocked)...

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100% Healthy

  “I'm 100% healthy so I never see my doctor unless I'm really sick...” Sound familiar? I hear this line all the time especially from patients who don't take any medications. I get it. Going to the doctor is an experience you probably don’t look forward to -...

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Sucrose, Glucose and Fructose

Sucrose, glucose and fructose are all simple carbohydrates or simple sugars. Glucose and fructose are individual sugar units and are also called monosaccharides. Sucrose is a sugar molecule made up of both glucose and fructose so sucrose is called a disaccharide. We...

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Inflammation

  The new buzz word is "Inflammation" and how this causes lasting damage to your heart, brain and other organs. Starbucks has even jumped on the bandwagon touting their new drink called a Chile Mocha as "anti-inflammatory" - so, does this now mean inflammation is...

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Yoga

Yoga is a perfect example of an exercise that affects every part of your body. As an Osteopathic physician (D.O.) my training emphasized the inter-relationships of all the systems of the body rather than viewing each system individually. If you think about it, this is...

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Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks

Politics, angry demonstrations, North Korea and terrorist attacks – who isn’t having a panic attack these days? Panic attacks are defined as a sudden feeling of acute and disabling anxiety leading to intense physical symptoms. Anybody who’s experienced them will agree...

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Put Your Mold on Hold

Put Your Mold on Hold

Mold allergies are difficult to control. The ragweed people are only miserable in the late Summer and the tree and grass sufferers are usually only affected in the Spring. Those allergic to mold are exposed all year long - whether inside a building or outdoors. We all...

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Are You Depressed Over Your Pet’s Health?

Are You Depressed Over Your Pet’s Health?

Pets. They are not judgmental, love us unconditionally, provide companionship, get us outside to walk, detect diseases before we do, physically protect us and provide comfort for strangers who are sick. But, as a physician, I've also noticed how a sick or aging pet...

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Fat Free Foods Are Not Healthy

Fat Free Foods Are Not Healthy

Morning java with processed corn syrup - yuck. But this is what millions of health conscious people start their day drinking because Fat Free Half & Half just replaces the cream with skim milk and corn syrup! For years the public has been inundated with ads and advice...

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