Tag: artery disease

What Is a Normal Cholesterol Level?

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

For a Healthy Diet, Don’t Fear Fat

With all the low-fat, no-fat, and fat-free products out there, it seems there is a lot of “fat fear” going on. But avoiding fat is not the best thing when it comes to good nutrition and health.

“As you age, fat plays an important role in your diet, from regulating your

Ask the Doctor: Radiation Therapy; Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack

Q: I’m about to start radiation therapy after cancer surgery. What are the possible side effects that might occur?

A: The most common side effects from radiation therapy are fatigue, changes in the skin, hair loss, and eating/digestion problems. Radiation has different effects on different patients, so, until your treatment begins,

Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: What Do They Mean?

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

Stay Vigilant for Worsening Heart Failure

More than five million Americans have heart failure, and 500,000 more cases are diagnosed each year. The condition develops gradually, due to injury to or weakness of the heart—underlying causes include heart attack, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, abnormal heart rhythms, diseases of the heart muscle

Is Twitching While Sleeping a Problem?

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

Cardiomyopathy: What Causes an Enlarged Heart?

Cardiomyopathy: What Causes an Enlarged Heart?

Cardiomyopathy is sometimes referred to as an “enlarged heart,” because the main sign is a heart muscle that has become thicker and more rigid. Bigger muscles might be what athletes want in their arms and legs. But a bigger heart isn’t a good thing, as it actually becomes weaker rather

Newsbriefs: Chest Pain; Aortic Valve Replacement; Heart Attack

Chest Pain After Heart Attack Not Always Cause For Alarm.
After a heart attack, a bout of chest pain can be particularly frightening. It’s also rather common, affecting one in 10 patients who survive a heart attack. Many go through seemingly endless testing to determine the underlying cause, which turns out

Understanding Heart Failure: Symptoms to Know

Understanding Heart Failure: Symptoms to Know

Though it sounds like a condition in which the heart stops beating altogether, heart failure is actually a problem that develops when the heart can no longer pump enough blood and oxygen to meet the body’s needs. It’s a serious and complicated health challenge. But if you and your physician

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