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

Is Twitching While Sleeping a Problem?

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Is Twitching While Sleeping a Problem?

Twitching while sleeping is a common occurrence, but many people who experience these brief muscle movements aren’t even aware that they’re happening. Sometimes, however, the sudden twitching or jerking of your hand or foot is enough to awaken you. Or your spouse.
Twitching while sleeping also may be a symptom of

Cardiac Arrest Symptoms: Know the Signs and Risk Factors

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Cardiac Arrest Symptoms: Know the Signs and Risk Factors

Cardiac arrest is a sudden and frequently fatal event that occurs when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions, causing the heart to stop beating. Though it often comes on without any warning, sometimes a cardiac arrest symptom or two can tip you off that cardiac arrest is imminent. These symptoms may

What Is a Normal Cholesterol Level?

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What Is a Normal Cholesterol Level?

You already know that keeping your cholesterol in check is important for heart health. High cholesterol is associated with clogged arteries and a greater chance of a heart attack. But you may be wondering: What exactly is a normal cholesterol level, and how do I get there? And you’re probably

7 Symptoms of Heart Attack

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7 Symptoms of Heart Attack

You’ve no doubt seen movies or television shows in which a character clutches his or her chest for a moment and then collapses because of a heart attack. Or maybe you’ve actually seen someone experience such an event—or suffered a heart attack yourself. If so, it’s possible that your symptoms

Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: What Do They Mean?

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Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: What Do They Mean?

You may have heard the expression “mild heart attack” 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 answer is “yes.”

Effective Insomnia Cures: 4 Steps to a Better Night’s Sleep

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Effective Insomnia Cures: 4 Steps to a Better Night’s Sleep

Insomnia means you have a problem falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. Regardless of your sleeping issues, finding insomnia cures that work for you is vital.
Poor sleep not only can cause irritability and make it difficult to concentrate, but it can contribute to more serious problems, increasing your odds

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

Is There Such a Thing as a COPD Diet?

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Is There Such a Thing as a COPD Diet?

You may not think that what you eat has anything to do with your risk of developing lung cancer or COPD. Diet, however, especially one that’s rich in fiber, may actually play a key role in preventing certain breathing diseases. COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and it includes