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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

What Is Heart Disease?

What Is Heart Disease?

Many people ask these types of questions: What is congestive heart failure? How do heart attack symptoms in women differ from heart attack symptoms in men)? What is hypertension? And what is heart disease? Yet there is no simple way to define cardiovascular disease, because it’s actually a broad term

A Failing Heart: Interventions and Preventions

Heart failure occurs when the heart can no longer pump out enough blood to supply what the body needs. The result is fatigue, shortness of breath, and fluid retention—all classic signs of heart failure. Many people don’t realize that heart failure is not actually a disease, rather it’s the result

Harmless Heart Murmur vs. Abnormal Heart Murmur: Know the Difference

Harmless Heart Murmur vs. Abnormal Heart Murmur: Know the Difference

If you’ve ever been told you have a heart murmur, you may be inclined to immediately think you have heart disease. Symptoms of heart disease, however, usually include things like chest pain, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness as well as test results that show high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and

What Is High Blood Pressure—and Why Do Your Numbers Matter?

What Is High Blood Pressure—and Why Do Your Numbers Matter?

You’ve probably had a blood pressure reading dozens or maybe hundreds of times in your life. Unless you get a result that gives a nurse or doctor pause, you may not think much about those numbers. Or maybe you’ve wondered, “What is high blood pressure?”—and wondered what it really means

Manage Heart Failure for a Higher-Quality, Longer Life

About 5.1 million Americans have heart failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and of that number, 2.5 million are women. These numbers reflect the fact that the average age of Americans is increasing—most people with the condition are older adults—but they also reflect advances in medicine

Ask the Doctor: Seizures & AD; Isolated Systolic Hypertension; Modafinil

Q: My 77-year-old wife has Alzheimer’s disease and recently began having seizures. Could the seizures be related to her Alzheimer’s?

A: Seizures are convulsions or muscle spasms associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. It is not uncommon for seizures to be associated with advanced Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It is estimated

Blood Thinners and Your Brain

An estimated six million Americans take blood-thinning medications (antithrombotics) on an outpatient basis each year to prevent the formation in arteries and veins of blood clots that, among other effects, can cause serious brain injury or death.

Yet although these drugs are among the most effective therapies available for preventing heart

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