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How Restful Sleep Improves Your Heart Health

Do you feel like you need a good excuse to get to bed at a reasonable hour tonight? How about preventing elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol, and clogged coronary arteries? Check these facts about quality sleep and your heart health.

Sep 6th, 2022
Causes of Heart Palpitations

The fluttery feeling in your chest could be related to that extra cup of coffee this morning, your cold medication, or something more serious. Our team discusses the causes of heart palpitations and when it’s time to seek medical attention.

Aug 1st, 2022
What to Expect During Holter Monitoring

Does your heart feel like it’s beating too fast? Feeling dizzy on and off? Having more palpitations than usual? You might need a Holter monitoring test. Find out what that is and what it reveals about your heart.

Jul 1st, 2022
Are Heart Problems Genetic?

Genes do play a role in many heart problems. However, if you’re paying attention, your family history can serve as an early warning system for preventing severe illness. Check out the facts about how DNA affects heart health.

Jun 12th, 2022
What is Atrial Flutter?

Atrial flutter is related to a short circuit in your heart’s electrical system that causes your heart to beat too quickly. Learn more about this potentially dangerous disorder that increases your stroke and heart failure risk.

May 1st, 2022
The Best Heart-Healthy Foods

Your diet plays a significant role in preventing heart disease, but a heart-healthy diet doesn’t mean you have to avoid tasty foods. Our specialty team provides tips on developing menus that please your taste buds as well as your heart.

Apr 7th, 2022
What You Should Know About Defibrillators

Defibrillators are common in hospital emergency rooms and ambulances. Many workplaces and community gathering sites also have a portable version in their first aid kit. Find out what these life-saving medical devices can and can’t do.

Mar 17th, 2022
Is Chest Pain Serious?

Whether it’s a sharp twinge, a dull ache, or something more, chest pain tends to get attention. And it should. Our team talks about various types of chest pain and why you shouldn’t ignore them.

Jan 11th, 2022
HDL vs. LDL: Understanding Cholesterol and Your Health

Confused about what your “good” and “bad” cholesterol levels mean and why your doctor keeps mentioning your triglycerides? Our team highlights the importance of all three and discusses what you can do to change your numbers.

Dec 8th, 2021
What Causes Heart Valves to Fail?

Have you been told you might have valvular heart disease? Wondering what that is and how it’s treated? Our experts explain more about this potentially less familiar but relatively common heart condition that may be tied to longevity.

Nov 1st, 2021
What Conditions Can Be Treated with a Defibrillator?

If you’ve ever watched a television series that’s a medical drama, odds are you’ve seen at least one victim “shocked” back to life with an external defibrillator. Learn the truth about how defibrillators work.

Oct 4th, 2021
What Can I Expect After I Get Stents?

Wondering what happens once your cardiologist sends you home with stents in place? Here’s what our specialty team wants you to know about living your life after stent placement.

Sep 6th, 2021
How Sleep Apnea Can Affect Your Blood Pressure

Are you confused about how a condition that keeps you up at night causes problems with your blood pressure? Learn more about the health effects of sleep apnea and why effective treatment is so important.

Aug 5th, 2021
Using Vascular Ultrasound to Examine Your Varicose Veins

You may be familiar with an ultrasound that’s used to monitor the health and wellbeing of a baby during pregnancy. Did you know, though, that physicians also use ultrasound to gauge the health of your veins? Find out more.

Jul 19th, 2021
Does Stress Impact Your Heart?

You’ve likely heard that stress can cause anxiety, heartburn, and even wrinkles. But what does it do to your heart? Read what the specialists say about that.

Jun 23rd, 2021
The Link Between Your Diet and Heart Health

You’ve been hearing about heart healthy diets for years, but do they really make a difference? Our experts break down the facts about how what you eat affects your heart.

May 20th, 2021
Chest Pain: Is it Ever Normal?

For most of us, it’s not so much the chest pain itself but what’s causing the discomfort that worries us. Our experts share insight regarding chest pain and when it might be time to worry.

Apr 13th, 2021
Adjusting to Life with a Pacemaker

Once in place and functioning as programmed, a pacemaker can greatly improve your quality of life. Like all things new, however, there’s an adjustment period. Read our expert guidelines about living with a pacemaker.

Mar 10th, 2021
Are Heart Palpitations Dangerous?

Are you wondering about that strange fluttering you feel in your chest occasionally? Does it seem like your heart is beating faster than normal? Should you be worried? Read what our cardiologists say about palpitations and what they might mean.

Feb 12th, 2021
Am I at Risk for Hypertension?

Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that about half of all Americans have high blood pressure (hypertension). So? Learn what your blood pressure may reveal about your health and why it matters.

Jan 14th, 2021
What Can Be Learned from a Stress Test?

Your heart works differently at rest than it does when you’re under physical stress. Find out why your cardiologist may want to see how your heart handles a workout and what the results might say about your health.

Dec 9th, 2020
When a Pacemaker Is Necessary

It’s understandable if you feel anxious about needing a pacemaker. But the lifesaving benefits of these small medical devices far outweigh their very minimal risks and relatively minor inconvenience. Learn more about pacemakers and how they work.

Nov 10th, 2020
The Benefits of Atherectomy for Improving Circulation

Are you experiencing pain, swelling, or skin discoloration in your ankles, feet, or legs? Minimally invasive atherectomy may be the solution for relieving your symptoms and restoring blood flow to your extremities. Read on to learn more.

Aug 13th, 2020
The Many Faces of Arrhythmia

Arrhythmia occurs when your heart beats too quickly, too slowly, or with an uneven rhythm. Find out more about the different arrhythmia types and their possible impact on your health.

Jul 22nd, 2020
What Are the Different Types of Angina?

Angina, a general term for cardiac-related chest pain, is not a disease but a symptom that may signal problems with blood flow to your heart. It doesn’t always indicate, however, that you’re having a heart attack. What? Read on to learn more.

Jun 24th, 2020
5 Symptoms that May Mean You Need a Pacemaker

A pacemaker can keep your heart beating as it should and, in the process, help restore the physical energy and health often lost with many cardiac conditions. Find out more about pacemakers and the symptoms that suggest you might need one.

May 11th, 2020
Reduce Your Stroke Risk with the WATCHMAN™ Procedure

If you have atrial fibrillation and are at risk for stroke, you may have to take blood thinners for the rest of your life. Alternatively, the WATCHMAN™ implant may reduce the need for blood thinners and reduce your risk of stroke. Here’s how.

Mar 17th, 2020
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