There is an expression in medicine that “common things are common,” and benign prostatic hyperplasia is most certainly common, affecting more than 50 percent of men in their 60s and up to 90 percent of men in their 80s. BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland due to
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
Unless you live under a rock, you know that smoking is bad for your health. Tobacco-related diseases kill more than 480,000 people each year in the United States alone, accounting for around 20 percent of all premature deaths. If you’re a smoker, the habit can shorten your life by up
Usually, a diagnosis of hypertension comes with a prescription for a blood-pressure-lowering, or antihypertensive, medication. Eventually, many people with hypertension require two or more drugs to control their blood pressure.
You and your doctor have plenty of blood-pressure-lowering medications to choose from. Each type of drug works somewhat differently has its
There’s a good reason why high blood pressure is called the “silent killer.” Yet, while hypertension remains insidious, it is stealthily damaging your arteries, and also the organs and other tissues that rely on the blood that these vessels deliver to them.
Damage to Your Arteries
Hypertension contributes to atherosclerosis, or “hardening”
You’re doing all the right things to improve your lipid profile. You’ve shed some extra pounds. You’re eating a heart-healthy diet. You’re exercising every day. Nevertheless, your doctor says your cholesterol still isn’t quite where it should be, and your odds of suffering a heart attack or stroke are still
You’ve read about the risks of dyslipidemia, the underlying contributors to cholesterol abnormalities, and the factors (in addition to cholesterol) that increase your cardiovascular risk. However, the only way to know if your cholesterol is high and whether you have any other cardiovascular risk factors is to get checked periodically
You’ve taken pretty good care of yourself. You eat right, don’t smoke, and stay pretty active. You have no apparent signs of heart trouble, so you figure you’re at pretty low risk for a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular event. Regardless of whether or not you’re doing all the
To understand how cholesterol affects your cardiovascular health, it helps to understand the workings of your heart and vascular system.
Think of your heart as a pump, about the size of a fist. It consists of two upper chambers (the left and right atria) and two lower chambers (the left
It may be a classic heart-attack symptom, but pressure or discomfort or tightness in your chest doesn’t always accompany a heart attack. For some people, particularly women, pain in other places may be their main symptoms. For others, chest discomfort comes and goes—the result of a condition called angina, which