About the Author

Jay Roland

Jay Roland

Jay Roland is an award-winning journalist and currently Group Director of the health division at Belvoir Media Group. One of his primary roles at Belvoir is Executive Editor of the monthly publication Cleveland Clinic Heart Advisor.
Prior to his work as a medical journalist, Roland spent nearly 20 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. His work covering education and family issues earned him honors and recognition from the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families, the Florida School Boards Association, and the New York Times Co. Roland earned his bachelor of science degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. He lives in Florida with his wife and three children.

Articles by Jay Roland

What Is Hypertension?

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What Is Hypertension?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be a factor in coronary artery disease (CAD), heart failure, and stroke. But what is hypertension (otherwise known as high blood pressure)?

Well, blood pressure is just the force of blood against the inside walls of the arteries. Hypertension is a condition

Is My Daytime Sleepiness Really Narcolepsy?

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Is My Daytime Sleepiness Really Narcolepsy?

The term “narcolepsy” may conjure up almost comical images of someone falling asleep in the middle of a conversation. But this sleeping disorder is no laughing matter to those who struggle with it. Narcolepsy symptoms include more than excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). They include bouts of muscle weakness (cataplexy) and

What Causes Heart Attacks—and How to Prevent Them

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What Causes Heart Attacks—and How to Prevent Them

What causes heart attacks is the stoppage of blood flow through a coronary artery. The heart muscle that normally keeps pumping blood out to the body and the lungs becomes starved for oxygen. Without a steady supply of oxygenated blood, heart muscle tissue becomes damaged. If blood flow remains blocked

Cardiac Diet: The Road to Wellness Starts Here

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Cardiac Diet: The Road to Wellness Starts Here

If you’re in relatively good health but you’ve been told to eat better for an improved cardiovascular system, you may wonder just what a good cardiac diet entails. Fortunately, an eating plan that promotes good heart health can be simple and include plenty of foods you enjoy. The key is

Why Am I Having Hypnagogic Hallucinations?

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Why Am I Having Hypnagogic Hallucinations?

Do you ever have wild visions or dreams that are extremely vivid and seem like real life just as you’re falling asleep? You may be experiencing hypnagogic hallucinations, a condition often associated with narcolepsy. In fact, hypnagogic hallucinations are among the four most common narcolepsy symptoms, along with sleep paralysis,

Wake Up! Narcolepsy Treatment Strategies

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Wake Up! Narcolepsy Treatment Strategies

There is no cure for narcolepsy, that unusual medical condition in which someone suddenly falls into a deep sleep in the midst of such normal behaviors as talking or working. Medications, however, can help increase daytime alertness.
Modafinil (Provigil), for example, is approved specifically for the excessive daytime sleepiness that

Tightness in Chest: Does It Always Signal a Heart Attack?

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Tightness in Chest: Does It Always Signal a Heart Attack?

It may be a classic heart-attack symptom, but pressure or discomfort or tightness in your chest doesn’t always accompany a heart attack. For some people, particularly women, pain in other places may be their main symptoms. For others, chest discomfort comes and goes—the result of a condition called angina, which

Learn These Basic Health Facts About Lungs

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Learn These Basic Health Facts About Lungs

You take about 20,000 breaths a day, which means your respiratory system never stops working. It also means that your lungs need to be as healthy as possible in order for you to breathe easily as you age. Knowing the key facts about lungs can help you make healthy decisions