Up until around age 55, men are much more likely than women to experience a heart attack. The gap gets smaller with advancing age, but men are still at a higher risk than women of suffering a heart attack. For that reason alone, it’s important that you recognize the common
When it comes to high blood pressure, symptoms tend to show up only when the condition is serious. You’ve heard the phrase “silent killer”? It was coined for hypertension (high blood pressure) because it can linger for a long time without you knowing before it causes a stroke or other
Heart attack symptoms can range from the obvious—sudden chest pain—to much more vague signs, such as back pain or a sense that something just isn’t right. So it’s important that you not only know what the list of heart attack symptoms includes, but how to react if those signs appear.
Feeling lightheaded upon rising from a chair, getting nauseous in a car, experiencing a room as spinning while lying down—these are all different ways of describing dizziness. It becomes more common with age, but there is no one single reason why a person may feel dizzy.
There is, however, a unifying
Heart failure affects about 2.5 million women in the U.S. It can develop over time if you have coronary artery disease (CAD) or high blood pressure, or can come on suddenly after a heart attack, or after some types of cancer treatment.
Because heart failure diminishes the heart’s ability to pump
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued new guidelines for aspirin therapy, but also cautions Americans to carefully weigh the risks and benefits of taking the drug. The new guidelines (Annals of Internal Medicine, April 12) highlight aspirin’s protective effects against colon cancer, as well as heart attack
By definition, stress contributes to your body’s response to potential danger, like a speeding bus bearing down on you, or a demand, such as the need to do well on an exam. Basically, stress is your body’s way of telling you something has to change in order for you to
Maintaining good cardiovascular health is about more than eating a healthy diet, exercising every day, quitting smoking and taking your medications as prescribed. It’s also essential that you respond appropriately to changes in your health, especially when those changes could indicate a problem with your heart or the rest of
About 76 percent of adults aged 60 and older take at least two medications, and 37 percent juggle more than 10 drugs for various ailments, often at different times of the day or under special circumstances.
It is no surprise that over-medication, also known as polypharmacy, has become a common and
The pain of a broken heart feels all too real, and there may be a reason for that: broken heart syndrome. Also known as stress cardiomyopathy, it causes a weakening of the left ventricle, the heart’s main pumping chamber.
“The bottom portion of the heart stops working, so it balloons