David Becker, For The Inquirer

Board certified cardiologist at Chestnut Hill Temple Cardiology and associate director of Preventive Cardiology at the Temple Heart and Vascular Institute.

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8 takeaways on the latest updates in COVID-19 treatment | Expert Opinion

Let’s look at some of the latest information about treatment, prognosis and why some people are saying no to the vaccine.

Philly cardiologist weighs in on whether fish oil can cut your heart attack risk | Expert Opinion

Does fish oil reduce the risk of having a heart attack? The answer lies in a story of two medications, with the unwritten last chapter likely to influence the sales of a multibillion-dollar drug.

Rising drug costs overwhelm many seniors | Expert Opinion

Coupons are available to bring costs down for the latest medical therapies and medications, but many people do not realize these coupons are only valid if you are under age 65.

A cardiologist on the new Pesco-Mediterranean diet, and what’s best for heart health | Expert Opinion

Picking the right diet can be a challenge. Is your primary goal weight loss or heart health?

A Philly cardiologist’s 10 tips to drop those COVID-19 pounds l Expert Opinion

Many of my patients are gaining weight and skipping exercise. Here's the advice I give them to get them back on track.

5 recent medical advances you might have missed amid coronavirus news | Expert Opinion

What about non-COVID-related medical progress? These advancements are not talked about quite so much anymore. Here are some recent developments you might have missed.

Will COVID-19 cause the end of private practice in medicine? | Expert Opinion

The era of the solo practitioner carrying a doctor bag to a home visit is long over, but now even the larger private practices are threatened.


Why has hospital volume reduced for non-COVID-19 patients? A cardiologist explains. | Expert Opinion

One of the striking things about the COVID-19 pandemic has been the dramatic decrease in other major medical issues that usually keep our hospitals busy. The Inquirer reported on this phenomenon in mid-April, but it is clearly a national problem.

10 reasons to stay optimistic during coronavirus pandemic

It is important to recognize that this pandemic will be over at some point in the future and life will go on as it did before. Here are 10 reasons to stay optimistic.

Is new cholesterol-lowering medication Nexletol a solution for those who can’t take statins?

Last month, a new kind of medication called bempedoic acid (Nexletol) was approved for use by the FDA as a novel way to lower cholesterol. Does this new medication add something special?