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Heart Failure? Stay Vigilant for Worsening Condition

Heart Failure? Stay Vigilant for Worsening Condition

More than 5 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 these, among others:
Heart attack
High blood pressure
Coronary artery disease
Heart valve disease
Abnormal heart rhythms
Diseases of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathies)
Diabetes
There are two

Understand the Different Types and Causes of Cardiomyopathy

Understand the Different Types and Causes of Cardiomyopathy

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

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

Aerobic Exercise Boosts Your Cardiovascular Fitness

Aerobic Exercise Boosts Your Cardiovascular Fitness

Exercise is one of the cornerstones of good health, and the fitness industry provides a constantly increasing number of activities from which you can choose. While you may not hear the term “aerobic exercise” as often as you once did, this type of activity remains the key to a healthy

How to Live Longer and Healthier With Coronary Heart Disease

How to Live Longer and Healthier With Coronary Heart Disease

Despite remarkable improvements in treatment and a growing awareness of prevention strategies, coronary heart disease (CHD) remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. However, the mortality rate for CHD is declining, and people are living longer and with a greater quality of life with this condition.

So how do some

7 Symptoms of Heart Attack

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

How to Survive and Thrive with Heart Failure

Women comprise about half of the estimated 5.1 million people in the United States living with heart failure. Like their male counterparts, many women are surprised at the diagnosis and worry about their future. Will they become disabled? Will they die?

The fact is, modern medical advances and lifestyle measures enable

Get Help Fast for Heart Attack and Stroke

Many people having a stroke or heart attack don’t know it. Lack of knowledge about the warning signs means they may dismiss a stroke as a bout of dizziness, while a heart attack might be chalked up to heartburn or a pulled muscle. However, if you ignore the symptoms that

Newsbriefs: Statins; Thyroid Cancer; Heart Attack Test

Should You Take A Statin To Prevent Heart Disease?
In late 2016, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force updated its 2008 recommendations on statins for the prevention of heart disease (JAMA, Nov. 15, 2016). After weighing benefits and harms, they now suggest adults age 40-75 with no history of coronary artery

Manage Your Cholesterol to Improve Your Heart Health

The heart muscle thrives on a continuous supply of oxygen-rich blood from arteries on its surface, called coronary arteries. When cholesterol builds up in the arteries, blood flow slows down, and the result can be chest pain, or angina.

The accumulated cholesterol in the arterial walls are called plaques. These plaques

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