Knowing Your Risks Can Help Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

June 7, 2017 4:15 pm

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States will die from cardiovascular disease (CVD).1 Although there are some risk factors for cardiovascular disease that you cannot control, there are many risk factors that you do have control over. Let’s take a look at the controllable risk factors first. Controllable Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)2 Often called the “silent killer”, high blood pressure is a risk factor with little warning signs or symptoms. Having your blood pressure checked regularly is key to avoiding this often unseen condition. Your doctor will measure the pressure in your arteries when your heart is contracting (called systolic blood pressure) and the... View Article

The Symptoms of Cardiovascular Disease You Need to Know About

May 15, 2017 4:16 pm

Cardiovascular disease includes a broad category of issues that can affect your heart and circulatory system. However, the basic idea is your blood isn’t flowing properly through your body, whether that’s because the vessels are blocked, narrowed or stiffened, or because your heart isn’t functioning properly. Many people don’t know they have heart disease until they have a cardiac event such as a heart attack, stroke or heart failure. It’s important to go for regular physicals, but not every exam will detect cardiac problems. That’s why it’s important to know the symptoms. Here are some symptoms to remember in case you or a loved one experiences cardiac issues. Symptoms of... View Article

Is Excess Sugar to Blame for Heart Disease?

January 30, 2017 12:52 pm

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In recent years, we’ve been worried about how fat affects our risk of heart disease. It turns out we should also be worried about sugar. In research that rocked the public health world, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that Americans with a higher sugar intake develop cardiovascular disease (CVD) and related disorders at much higher rates than those with lower sugar intake.

Heart Attack vs Cardiac Arrest: When to Give CPR?

January 24, 2017 9:47 am

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Cardiac arrest might sound like a fancy way of saying heart attack, but they’re actually two different things. And if you encounter someone with heart troubles, it’s helpful to know the difference. Think of it this way: a heart attack is a circulation problem, with blocked blood flow to the heart, while cardiac arrest is an electrical problem, where the heart stops beating because there’s a heart malfunction. Sometimes the malfunction is due to an irregular heartbeat, which stops the heart from pumping. But, of course, there’s more to the differences between cardiac arrest vs heart attacks than that.

10 Ways to Keep Cholesterol in Check During the Holidays

December 28, 2016 2:27 pm

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Festive holiday get-togethers can sometimes bring an unwelcome gift – an abundance of opportunities to let your cholesterol go haywire. Here are 10 tips to get through the season’s parties, meals and events while keeping your cholesterol in check.

Are you at risk for heart disease? Take this quiz to see.

March 8, 2016 10:55 am

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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute developed an updated online tool to help decide your 10-year risk for heart disease. This tool takes into account things you can’t control, such as age and gender, as well as those things you can control, such as cholesterol and smoking habits. These factors are based on the most current health standards from the Framingham Heart Study.

African-Americans face disproportionate risks for heart attack and stroke. Here is how doctors evaluate.

February 8, 2016 8:25 am

For the first time, cardiovascular health guidelines released in 2013 give doctors an accurate formula to use in calculating heart attack and stroke risk for African-Americans—who face different risks for each. New guidelines allow doctors to evaluate heart risks and stroke at the same time, rather than using two separate figures to gauge a person’s overall risk. Additionally, the updated guidelines are not solely based on research from a predominantly white test population.

How to reverse heart disease with a vegetarian diet

December 23, 2015 4:52 pm

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Once you get set on the path to heart disease, it can seem impossible to get back on the road to health. Aside from looking into medical therapies to help ease the contributing factors, there are a few ways to help negate the damage done to your cardiovascular system and reverse heart disease, according to a study cited by the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Reduce your heart attack risk – grab your grandkids and get moving!

December 16, 2015 2:55 pm

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Did you know that just 40 minutes of brisk walking 3 times a week helps reduce heart attack risk? According to the American Heart Association, people shouldn’t sweat indulging in the occasional dessert. However, people should sweat at least three times a week for about 40 minutes. Moderate cardio, such as brisk walking, is a great combatant to high cholesterol and blood pressure.