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

Cardiomyopathy: Understand the Different Types and Causes

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Cardiomyopathy: Understand the Different Types and Causes

You may know cardiomyopathy as a type of heart disease, but it’s actually more than that. Cardiomyopathy is really a group of diseases affecting the heart muscle. There are several kinds of cardiomyopathies, and each one has its own set of possible causes and outcomes.
One of the common characteristics of

Deviated Septum: How to Manage Symptoms

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Deviated Septum: How to Manage Symptoms

A deviated septum is a condition you may have had from birth, or it can result from a broken nose or similar injury. Regardless of its origin, a deviated septum can affect your breathing and lead to chronic congestion and sinus infections.

Treatments for deviated septum symptoms can be as

Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: What Do They Mean?

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Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: What Do They Mean?

What is a “mild heart attack”? You may have heard the expression and wondered exactly what it means. A bone can have a hairline fracture or a major break. A stroke can have relatively minor consequences or be severely debilitating. So can a heart attack be mild or major?

The short

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Echocardiography Plays a Key Role in Diagnosing Heart Disease

If you’ve ever experienced unexplained chest pains, a heart attack, or a heart murmur, chances are you underwent echocardiography, a commonly performed imaging test sometimes referred to as just an “echo.”
The number of echoes performed each year in the U.S. and around the world has been steadily rising, leading to a

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

Know How Blood Pressure Drugs Differ from Each Other

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Know How Blood Pressure Drugs Differ from Each Other

Are blood pressure drugs inevitable? Chances are that if you don’t take one now, you may need to in the future. And if not you, someone close to you may need an antihypertensive medication. About one out of three American adults has high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease

Why Do People Snore?

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Why Do People Snore?

Snoring is an incredibly common problem—more than half of the respondents in a National Sleep Foundation poll said other people had told them they snore. Among those who snore, 64 percent say their snoring can be as loud as talking, and one in six say they snore so loudly it

The 4 Heart Problem Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

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The 4 Heart Problem Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., so it’s important that you can recognize the signs of a heart problem. Symptoms of heart disease, also called coronary artery disease (CAD), abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), and heart failure sometimes overlap.
But if you’re at risk for any