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  • What are side effects associated with statin use?
  • Like all drugs, cholesterol-lowering statins are associated with some side effects, ranging from mild to severe. Muscle pain is the most common side effect associated with statin use. The pain can often be remedied by lowering the dosage of medication. Other side effects may include liver damage, digestive problems, rashes, increased blood sugar and memory loss. When considering taking statins or any prescription medication, it’s important to discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • What is coronary artery bypass grafting?
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is a surgical procedure used to treat coronary artery disease, or the build-up of plaque in the heart’s arteries. During CABG, a healthy artery or vein is connected to a blocked artery in the heart to divert blood and improve blood flow.
  • Who needs coronary artery bypass grafting?
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is used to treat people with severe coronary artery disease. CABG is often recommended when other treatments like lifestyle changes and medications don’t work. CABG may also be recommended if there is significant blockage of the arteries that requires immediate treatment. Doctors can determine whether a patient with coronary artery disease is a candidate for CABG based on a physical exam and other tests.
  • What is peripartum cardiomyopathy?
  • Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a rare disorder in which a pregnant woman’s heart becomes weakened and enlarged. This condition typically develops during the last month of pregnancy or within the first five months after the baby is born.

  • What is telemedicine?
  • Telemedicine refers to the use of video cameras, smartphones, computers and other technology to provide virtual medical consultations. Telemedicine is often used to connect health care providers with specialists when they are not available on-site to provide prompt recommendations regarding medical treatments.

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