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  • Richard Ammar

    Dr. Ammar was born in the coalfields of West Virginia where he attended high school and was an all-state football player. Following graduation, he trained as a biomedical engineer at Vanderbilt. He returned to his home state for medical school at WVU and moved to Iowa for post-graduate training. There he met and married his best friend. He worked in the upper Midwest for about 14 years prior to moving to Texas. He and his wife are blessed with two wonderful teenage boys; family, school, and church activities prevent any danger of boredom in their home. When time permits, he is an avid college football and basketball fan. Professionally, Dr...

  • Joshua Burak
    M.D.

    Dr. Burak specializes in Cardiovascular Disease.

  • Iyad Rashdan

    Dr. Iyad Rashdan completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania/Presbyterian Medical Center and his cardiology fellowship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

  • Brent Patterson
    M.D.

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    • Five vascular diseases linked to one common genetic variant

      Genome-wide association studies have implicated a common genetic variant in chromosome 6p24 in coronary artery disease, as well as four other vascular diseases: migraine headache, cervical artery dissection, fibromuscular dysplasia, and hypertension. However, it has not been clear how this polymorphism affects the risk for so many diseases. Researchers show how this DNA variant enhances the activity of a gene called endothelin-1, which is known to promote vasoconstriction and hardening of the arteries.

      Source: Science Daily

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    • Abdominal Fat Most Strongly Linked to Hypertension Risk

      The association between obesity and the development of hypertension appears to be driven specifically by visceral adiposity, according to research published in the Sept. 9 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Alvin Chandra, M.D., of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and colleagues followed 903 normotensive participants of the Dallas Heart Study (median age, 40 years; 57 percent women; 60 percent nonwhite; median body mass index, 27.5 kg/m²) for a median of seven years to monitor the development of hypertension. Imaging studies were used to assess adiposity, including visceral adiposity. Source: Physician's Briefing Read More Read More

    • What are the Symptoms of a Blood Clot?

      Blood clots are the body's first aid against bleeding. They protect the flow of blood by plugging any leaks that form.

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    • Screening for vascular disease saves one life for every 169 patients assessed

      A novel screening program for vascular disease saves one life for every 169 men assessed, according to new research. The combined screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral artery disease, and hypertension gained more living years for lower costs than European cancer screening programs.

      Source: Science Daily

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    • PAD patients on statins may have lower amputation, death risk

      People who have peripheral artery disease (PAD) and take cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins have a lower risk of amputation and death than PAD patients who don't take statins. And the higher the dose of statins, the lower the risks, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Peripheral Vascular Disease 2016 Scientific Sessions.

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