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Goals for the care of Cardiovascular Disease

February 5, 2018

Great strides have been made in the last several years for the care of those with cardiovascular disease (CVD). Immediate action to enter emergency medical care continues to be the number one goal to save lives. Even 15 minutes can be the difference between death and disability, and returning to a fulfilling life. The second goal is primary and secondary prevention of the causes surrounding CVD and reducing these risk factors. Goal #1: Immediate Action Two of the most common reasons of cardiovascular emergencies are heart attack and stroke. The cause for a heart attack or stroke is similar...Continue Reading

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Go the Distance with Hydration

August 31, 2017

Harrowing tales of being lost at sea have always captured our imaginations. Who can forget Tom Hank's portrayal of a shipwreck survivor in the movie Castaway? In all these tales, finding water is a vital, primal need that makes the difference between life and death. In fact, water is more important than food in a survival situation. Your body is unable to function long without it. The human body is 65% water. Your brain is around 70% water, and your lungs are nearly 90% water. For proper body function, you need to replace about 2.5 quarts each day by consuming food and liquids. Hopefully,...Continue Reading

Pets can help you live a longer and healthier life.

5 Reasons Owning a Pet Helps You Stay Healthier

June 6, 2017

While an apple a day might or might not keep the doctor away, your pet can also help keep you healthy. In fact, when it comes to owning a pet, there are several proven benefits to your health. For instance, you can decrease your risk of having a heart attack by owning a pet. Pet ownership has also helped people improve their emotional and mental health. Yes, being a pet guardian can even help lower your blood pressure. So, if you're looking for a reason to take the plunge into pet ownership, here are five reasons why making a new furry friend might be just what the doctor ordered. Lovable Fur...Continue Reading

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6 Heart Health Risks You Can Control

May 25, 2017

When it comes to your keeping your heart healthy, there are some factors that you may not be able to control. Changing your genetic history is impossible, but there are some things you can change to reduce your risk of heart disease. You may not realize it but changing the risk factors you can control will also help you decrease your overall risks and make the factors you can't control less of a risk. Here are six heart health risks you can start tackling right away. Improve Your Diet One of the biggest changes you can do to minimize your risk of heart disease is to change what you eat...Continue Reading

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How Depression and Stress Raise Heart Attack Risks

May 23, 2017

Have you ever drowned your sorrows or your anxiety in a big bowl of chocolate ice cream? When you're feeling anxious or depressed, it's easy to open the fridge and reach for a heaping helping of comfort food. The trouble is that thinking about your heart health is vital, even when you're not feeling your best. Of course, this is often easier said than done, but it's a life and death matter because of heart disease the number one killer in America. People who are depressed or anxious don't always make healthy choices because these feelings can be overwhelming. Your mental health exerts an...Continue Reading

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Why Skipping Breakfast is Bad for Your Heart

May 19, 2017

The old cliché, "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" may have been around for some time, but it seems that this sage advice holds more than a kernel of truth. According to a study published in the medical journal Circulation in July 2013, men who skip their morning breakfasts have a 27 percent greater chance of developing coronary artery disease or experiencing a heart attack than men who regularly eat breakfast. The study, conducted by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health followed 26,902 men mostly of white European descent, between the ages of 45 and 82 from 1992 to...Continue Reading

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Are Energy Drinks Bad for Heart Health?

May 16, 2017

Energy drinks contain more than three to five times the amount of caffeine found in one can of soda. The popularity of these drinks has skyrocketed since first introduced to the market, and with this popularity, increasing scrutiny. Heart rhythm problems, high blood pressures, and in some rare cases, cardiac arrest has been linked to these drinks. Energy Drinks Powering Record Number of ER Visits According to a report compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, ER visits due to energy drink consumption doubled from 2007 to 2011. Symptoms including rapid...Continue Reading

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8 Subtle Signs of Heart Disease

April 13, 2017

You might not be aware that heart disease can go undetected. Some of the early indicators seem so insignificant that people overlook or dismiss them. If you have any of these symptoms, you might want to make an appointment with your doctor for a checkup. Don't worry about being embarrassed, it's better to be cautious than to ignore a problem. Shortness of Breath In spite of all that jogging and running, you find yourself getting winded walking up a flight of stairs. Maybe you're coughing a lot. Asthma, anemia, and infection could be the culprits behind this new development, or your heart...Continue Reading

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It Could be More Than Indigestion: Chest Pain is a Serious Symptom

March 17, 2017

Arun Prahash, MD You may think you've never heard of Acute Coronary Syndrome, but you probably know someone who has experienced it—or maybe you've experienced it yourself. Its most common symptom is chest pain. Chest pain caused by Acute Coronary Syndrome can be sudden, as when it's a heart attack, or unpredictable or get worse even while resting, a condition known as unstable angina. Chest pain is commonly caused by narrowing of blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. “Not all incidents of chest pain are from heart attacks that require emergency procedure, but in general...Continue Reading

Shoveling snow can be taxing on your heart.

Before You Start Shoveling Snow, Consider Your Heart Health

March 13, 2017

When it comes to shoveling snow from their walkway, most people don't have anything to worry about. However, according to the American Heart Association, a small percentage of individuals already in high-risk categories may want to reconsider this winter chore, because it may raise their risk of heart attack. Individuals who are most at risk include: Sedentary people over the age of 55 Persons with high cholesterol or hypertension Current and former smokers Those diagnosed with a chronic heart condition People who have experienced a previous heart attack or stroke While shoveling snow can be...Continue Reading

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