Tag: heart condition

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

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

Drinking Too Much Coconut Water Can Be Dangerous

Drinking Too Much Coconut Water Can Be Dangerous

Editor’s note: When used safely, coconut water can lower blood pressure and boost hydration. Learn more about the benefits of drinking coconut water of this article.

One of the best-known coconut water benefits, an uncommonly high amount of potassium, is also the main reason that drinking too much coconut water can

Avoid Injury When You Exercise

About 27 percent of adults age 65 and older don’t exercise, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Sept. 15, 2016) revealed that the numbers are even worse for people age 75 and older: thirty-five percent

Cardiac Diet: The Road to Wellness Starts Here

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

1. Your Heart-Brain Partnership

Biologically speaking, everything that makes you what you are depends on a three-pound organ inside your skull that is kept alive by the beating of an organ in your chest that weighs only 8 to 10 ounces. Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day, pumping 2,000 gallons of blood

Cardiac Tests Can Reveal a Wealth of Information

If your doctor suspects you have heart disease, you may be advised to undergo cardiac tests to diagnose your condition. These tests range from simple, non-invasive screenings to more involved procedures that may include the use of high-tech imaging equipment.

“Typically, these tests are ordered in response to symptoms such as

Ask the Doctor: Stabbing Breast Pain; Endometriosis; Polyarthritis

Q: I’ve recently been experiencing occasional stabbing pain in my breasts. Might this be a sign of a serious problem?

A: Report the pain to your doctor, who can assess whether the pain you are experiencing is related to an underlying health problem. Assuming there isn’t one, it is likely that

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