About the Author

Jay Roland

Jay Roland has been executive editor of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Mind, Mood & Memory since 2017. Previously, he held the same position with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart Advisor, since 2007. In addition to having contributed articles to many Belvoir newsletters, Jay serves as editor of several special reports, including Combating Memory Loss and Coronary Artery Disease. He also wrote the Confronting Adult ADHD online guide for Harvard Health Publishing. Jay is currently a group director with the health division at Belvoir Media, which publishes dozens of monthly newsletters, annual special health reports, online guides, and e-books. Roland graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Articles by Jay Roland

Is a Low Heart Rate Dangerous?

A low heart rate may be a sign of an efficiently working heart. Or, if the rate becomes too low, it could be a sign of health complications down the road. A normal or healthy resting heart rate for an adult is between 60 and 100 beats a minute. A … Read More

What’s Causing My Tired Legs?

If you often experience tired legs when the rest of you is wide awake, it could be time to have your cardiovascular health checked and to evaluate your muscular fitness. Tired legs can actually be a symptom of several conditions, but typically the feeling is caused by decreased blood flow … Read More

Blood Pressure Chart: Where Do Your Numbers Fit?

A nurse takes your blood pressure at your annual physical. The numbers are recorded and the checkup continues. But do you know where on the blood pressure chart your levels are? Are they healthy? Too low? Too high, meaning you have hypertension? If you have high blood pressure or are … Read More

The 4 Heart Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., so it’s important that you can recognize the signs of a heart problem. Symptoms of heart disease, also called coronary artery disease (CAD), abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), and heart failure sometimes overlap. But if you’re at risk for any … Read More

Is Twitching While Sleeping a Problem?

The clinical term for a sudden, involuntary muscle contraction at any time is myoclonus (see "Types of Myoclonus" sidebar below). Twitching while sleeping is called sleep myoclonus. It may be so mild that you and your bed partner are unaware it’s happening. But it can also be a big enough … Read More
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