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
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects about 75 million adults in the U.S. and was the primary or contributing cause of death for 410,000 Americans in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But what are the causes and effects of hypotension, or low blood pressure?
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one out of every three American adults has high blood pressure, and nearly one in three has prehypertension. And, among people with high blood pressure, only about half have it under control.
“This finding is concerning because we know
If your heart beats too rapidly or has an abnormal or irregular rhythm, it’s cause for concern—but what about a heart that beats too slowly?
“Bradycardia is the term used to describe a heartbeat that is ‘too slow.’ A normal resting heart rate is typically between 60 and 100 beats per
When you feel your heart skip a beat or beat faster than normal, the sensations are called palpitations. They may be brief and harmless—the result of a vigorous workout. Or, heart palpitations symptoms could indicate an arrhythmia or another heart problem.
An arrhythmia is a condition in which the heart’s
With the advent of beta-blockers, and compelling evidence of their effectiveness, recommendations for heart failure treatment have changed. In general, patients are now treated with an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), plus a diuretic and a beta-blocker, to which an aldosterone antagonist or digoxin may be
From your cell phone or laptop to your television remote control or garage door opener, you rely on wireless devices every day. And pretty soon, if you need a cardiac pacemaker, wireless technology may become even more near and dear to your heart—literally.
Experts are studying tiny wireless pacemakers that may