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
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If you have unsightly varicose veins, self-help strategies—such as weight loss, physical activity, not standing up for long periods of time, elevating your legs when sitting down, and wearing compression stockings—can sometimes mitigate their appearance. However, if these approaches don’t help, and you are bothered by the appearance of your
If you have varicose veins or spider veins, you are not alone. They affect one in five adults and half of people over the age of 50 in the U.S. Although varicose veins are an indication of weak or damaged veins, they are usually more of a cosmetic problem than
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
While most heart conditions are of higher risk to older adults, a rare but especially sudden and severe heart problem is one that affects those in their 40s and 50s and even younger. It’s called spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), and it can cause a heart attack. This injury 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
Atrial fibrillation (AFib), an abnormal heart rhythm, is estimated to affect as many as 6 million Americans, and there is evidence that it can be more dangerous for women than for men.
“Women can sometimes have more severe AFib symptoms if the condition is left untreated,” explains Joy Gelbman, MD, a
Vitamin K may not be the first vitamin you think of when discussing bone health, but emerging research shows that it may be as important as calcium and vitamin D in maintaining strong bones. Foods high in vitamin K content include dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, swiss chard, and collard,
Q. What are the signs of chronic stress, and what’s the best way to deal with it?
A. Stress uses up an enormous amount of energy, and people who are in a constant stress mode become susceptible to both physical and emotional disorders. When people experience stress, the body goes into
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