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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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?

Screening for heart disease: Which tests are worth your money?

February is heart month and with it comes public health messages aimed at getting you to take a closer look at your risk of developing heart disease. There are multiple tests you might see marketed, but they are not all especially useful.

A cardiologist asks: How much is too much to pay for a promising drug?

The advertising campaign suggests Amarin has an agenda. By going directly to patients through advertising that does not mention the cost, the implication is that the cost is irrelevant.

Keto in 2020? This Philly cardiologist thinks it may be worth trying

From TAVR to the Apple Watch to Impossible Burgers, we count them down.

A cardiologist on when heart surgery and stents can mean longer life

Sorry, but the study results do not mean that taking a statin for cholesterol and coronary blockages is just as good as an operation. You still need lifestyle changes.

Should you keep eating red meat or is the Impossible Burger the answer? A cardiologist weighs in.

I cannot imagine how confused people must be after new dietary recommendations suggested adults continue red meat consumption. Here are some facts that may help you make an informed decision.

Can acupuncture help cardiac patients reduce chest pain?

A newly released study utilizes rigorous scientific methods including randomization, careful patient selection, blinding, and a placebo group to show a significant improvement in the chest pain that cardiac patients experience.

Are you getting enough fiber? Cardiologist explains why it’s important for your heart

Americans consume less than half of the recommended amount of fiber in our diet every day. Most of us do not really know exactly what fiber is, or how it can help.

Artificial intelligence could soon be able to help doctors diagnose and treat patients

AI has already been used to help improve the accuracy of many popular imaging tests, such as stress tests and echocardiograms, but one of the major concerns about increasing use of this technology is privacy.

Watchman cardiology device is expensive and heavily marketed. How many patients really need it?

The Watchman device is a good example of the double-edged sword that is modern medicine. Yes, the device helps people but it's also expense and carries potential complications.