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Heart Attack vs. Cardiac Arrest: Why They’re Not the Same

It's easy to confuse a heart attack with cardiac arrest. Both are serious problems relating to your heart, but causes and treatments for each are different. Read on to learn which is which and what you can do if you experience heart problems.

Dec 1st, 2019
How to Protect Your Heart From Atrial Fibrillation

Do you suffer from heart palpitations that leave you dizzy, short of breath, and feeling pressure in your chest? You could be experiencing atrial fibrillation. Read on to learn what causes it and how you can treat it.

Oct 11th, 2019
Catheter Ablation For AFib

Statistics indicate that over 2 million Americans are affected by atrial fibrillation (AFib). This cardiac condition is one of the most common types of arrhythmia.

Jul 15th, 2019
Types of Strokes and How To Lower Your Risk

Research suggests that approximately 80 percent of the strokes that occur could have been prevented. Here we discuss what a stroke is, the two kinds of strokes, and how you can reduce your risk.

Jun 15th, 2019
3 Tests to Get to Know Your Heart Better

Many men and women are affected by some type of heart disease without even a clue. Here, we propose 4 specific tests that can help you become more familiar with your heart as it is now as well as how it may be in the future.

May 30th, 2019
Is It Anxiety or a Heart Problem?

Because anxiety can coincide with rapid heart rate, abnormal heartbeats, lightheadedness, and chest pain, many people wonder if they are having anxiety, a heart attack, or if symptoms indicate an underlying heart problem.

Apr 30th, 2019
Could your racing heart be caused by caffeine?

Whether you feel its effects or not, the fact is that caffeine does affect the heart. When caffeine is consumed in substantial amounts (and that can be a single energy drink), the level of epinephrine rises in the blood.

Apr 15th, 2019
More on Women and Heart Disease

In a recent article, we discussed the issue of heart disease and the subtle ways it presents in women, offering Susan Lucci’s recent health scare as an example.

Mar 30th, 2019
She acted on the signs, and it may have saved her life

The sensation that she was feeling that day, one of an elephant pressing on her chest, was the same described in that interview of a woman describing her symptoms before a heart attack. Listening to her intuition, Lucci immediately went to the hospital.

Mar 15th, 2019
Living with Atrial Fibrillation

If you have been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, your primary course of action may be to develop strategies that prevent episodes of heart fluttering. Here, we offer four easy suggestions.

Feb 28th, 2019
New Risk Factors for Heart Disease Explained

Many people know that obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure put them at risk for heart disease. However, the bigger picture has recently expanded to include potentially sneaky factors that could pose a threat to heart health.

Jan 30th, 2019
What is a Cardiac PET Scan?

PET stands for positron emission tomography. The scan is a type of imaging test that is performed with a special dye, called contrast media.

Oct 15th, 2018
Beating the Summer Heat Keeps Your Heart Healthy

The hotter it gets outside, the more we need to focus on hydration and sun protection. We also need to take precautions with exercise and overall heat safety. Good habits are especially important for those with a cardiovascular condition.

Jun 30th, 2018
Tips for Managing Cholesterol Levels

As you may know, there is “good” cholesterol and “bad” cholesterol. Working with your healthcare provider, your important job is to manage the two.

Apr 15th, 2018
Let’s Talk about Echocardiograms

Two common diagnostic tests performed include the echocardiogram and the stress echo (also an echocardiogram). Here, we want to discuss the details of each.

Mar 30th, 2018
Aspirin Really Does Help Cardiovascular Health

For many years, experts have extolled the use of low-dose aspirin to achieve this goal. Recent research further supports this recommendation and goes beyond the general guideline to demonstrate what happens if this protocol is stopped.

Feb 28th, 2018
Does Your Heart Need a Checkup?

The body can tell you a lot when you listen. The problem is, when “interesting” signs and symptoms appear, what we really want to do is turn away.

Jan 30th, 2018
To Protect your Brain, Take Care of Your Veins

According to the chair of the department of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Albert Hofman, approximately 30% of a dementia diagnosis can be attributed to some vascular disorder.

Nov 15th, 2017
More Reasons Why Dog is Man’s Best Friend

The love that a human and pet share is not what we want to discuss here. What we want to look at is the data that suggests a dog owner also benefits physically from this bond.

Sep 15th, 2017
Ways to Show Your Heart Some Love

Here, we want to suggest a few ways that you can show your heart some love. In so doing, you can reduce your risk of heart disease and cardiac events.

Aug 15th, 2017
Was that a Heart Attack?

A heart attack may feel more like muscle pain, or like indigestion. What may really throw a person off is if their pain occurs away from the heart altogether. We expect a heart attack to hurt the heart, not another area such as the jaw or the earlobe.

Jul 30th, 2017
Why Downward Dog is Good for the Heart

Hopping aboard the yoga train isn’t just about getting toned and penned out. According to research, there are some pretty important benefits for the heart.

Jul 15th, 2017
The Miracle of Reversing Heart Disease

The truth is, heart disease took some time to develop. Much of the cause may lie in lifestyle habits, including smoking and food choices. Still, other factors lie beyond your control.

Apr 30th, 2017
Cardiac Rehab: What It Is And What You Need To Know

The experience of a cardiac event is not one that we think of and say “Boy! I hope I get to do that!” No. As much as possible, most people would love to avoid any unpleasant symptoms or conditions affecting their hearts.

Apr 15th, 2017
Aortic Stenosis: What you Need to Know

Aortic stenosis is a diagnosis that may sound frightening due to its relation to the blood flow coming from the heart. As you can imagine, the aortic valve is integral to a fully-operational heart.

Feb 28th, 2017
Wine and your Heart: News from Across the Pond

Well, couple that bit of good news with the rich, bold flavors of red wine and all bets could very well be off! According to recent studies, there may be a good reason to rethink your drink.

Jan 30th, 2017
7 Important Questions About Your Heart

The idea that you may have a heart condition can be frightening. We understand. Here are 7 questions you will want to ask for a better understanding of your heart health.

Jan 15th, 2017
Let’s Talk Stroke Prevention

Research is showing an increase in the number of strokes, especially among relatively young women. Because one cannot predict the onset of this event, there is ample reason to look to prevention.

Sep 30th, 2016
What is a coronary calcium score and who needs them?

As we have discovered the various aspects involved in long-term heart health – and the lack thereof – more people are creating lifestyle habits that reduce their risk of heart disease and cardiac events.

Dec 30th, 2018
Signs of Heart Disease in Men

Heart disease is a prevalent health problem for men and women. It has been estimated that 1 in 3 men develop heart disease.

Sep 30th, 2018
Is Tai Chi the Key To A Healthy Heart?

We all know that activity is important to a healthy heart. The problem is, if you are older or less physically-inclined, you may find it difficult to select forms of exercise that you find enjoyable enough to keep doing.

Mar 30th, 2017
Let’s Talk about Sodium Intake

Sodium. It’s a substance that people are told to limit when they visit the doctor, especially if they have any type of heart problem or high blood pressure.

Dec 30th, 2016