Chair of Cardiology. Alum of @HarvardChanSPH @HopkinsMedicine @OslerResidency @GeiselMed. Author. Tweets are my own.

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Joined November 2015
“How should I break my fast?” This is my most common patient question this week. As 2 billion Muslims start #fasting for Ramadan I’ll answer here from my perspective as a doctor & cardiometabolic researcher. Hopefully you’ll find takeaways to enjoy a #RamadanMubarak A thread…
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Pericardial window relieving tamponade 🤯 Via @BobbyYanagawa #MedTwitter
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Sometimes major setbacks precede, and even spur, transformational victories.
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Quick Review on Basics of Reading an ECG🧐 In 60 seconds🤩👌🏼 .
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The air is bad....... Plant a tree. 🌳 It is too hot.........Plant a tree. 🌴 Our soils are damaged..Plant a tree🌲 Too much wind.....Plant a tree.🌿 Protect our water....Plant a tree.🌵 Shortage of food....Plant a tree.🌾 You can never undermine a TREE
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Thrilled to release our next board book! This one teaches kids about food, digestion, and poop - all the things kids love to talk about! Available July 1st. Preorders here amazon.com/Digestive-System-…
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Life is weird sometimes. My dad got a job at the same hospital at the start of my PGY2 year. He’s a cardiac surgeon. I want to be a cardiac surgeon. Some would think this is odd or even problematic, but it’s turned out to be an absolute joy and privilege. @AspiringCTS @WashU_CT
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Reducing intussusception (one of my favorite medical videos) Via @andreluzmoreira @grepmeded #MedTwitter
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Lego brick heart 🧱 ♥️ spotted at work today!
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Calcium o𝗫alate crystals— the most common cause of kidney stones— appear in the urine as squares marked with an 𝗫
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37 weeks & feeling blessed/fulfilled after a full lab day- couple PCIs and a stemi🙏🏽 Who said you can’t be pregnant in the cath lab and have a career in #InterventionalCardiology!? #wic #CardioTwitter #takeawomantothecathlab @WomenAs1 @CardioNerds @cardioPCImom @DrSheilaSahni
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So you've heard a lot of stuff, you've read a lot, maybe you listened to our podcast @cardionerds on it, and yet something is still missing. TRIGLYCERIDES NEED A TWEETORIAL! Let’s get right into it with 2 big points to start
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People think they can’t change themselves, but they can. People think they can change others, but they can’t.
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1/🧵 Ever wonder why rheumatic heart disease almost always damages heart valves? And why is the mitral valve by far the most commonly affected? The answer involves a case of mistaken identity. #medtwitter #tweetorial
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“When should I take aspirin?” Limited data show evening may be better, but in reality it doesn’t really matter. Aspirin works for a week, so whether you take it in the morning or evening doesn’t matter much. Just take it the same time every day for consistency & simplicity.
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“Should I take aspirin to prevent heart disease?” It depends. Every medicine has benefits & risks. Aspirin inhibits platelets. So, the benefit is it can prevent heart attacks & strokes. On the other hand, the risk is it can cause bleeding. Who has greater benefit than risk?
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📍In this group, BENEFIT is higher so aspirin is commonly recommended (if prescribed by your doctor): -Prior heart attack -Prior stroke/TIA -Prior stent (cardiac, carotid, other vascular) -Prior cardiac bypass surgery -Coronary artery disease -Coronary calcium score >100
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📍For this group, RISK is higher so aspirin is NOT indicated: -Prior major bleeding (such as GI bleed) and no known cardiovascular disease (CVD). -No CVD and low risk of future CVD events as estimated by your doctor.
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📍For this last group the benefit/risk ratio is less certain, so you should discuss with your doctor: -Patients without CVD but with diabetes. -Patients without CVD but at increased risk of future CVD. -Coronary calcium score 1-100 -Patients with elevated Lipoprotein(a)
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Finally, remember that the best way to prevent heart disease is not aspirin. The best way is to “promote a healthy lifestyle THROUGHOUT LIFE.” See the full joint @American_Heart @ACCinTouch guidelines here (co-chaired by my mentor & friend @rblument1)👇🏼 ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/…
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Also, the US Preventive Taskforce’s updated recommendations are here (they’ve changed since six years ago; aspirin no longer recommended for primary prevention as discussed above). uspreventiveservicestaskforc… I hope you found this helpful. I wish you all health and prosperity!
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