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
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Like many men over age 65, you feel the effects of aging. You’ve lost some pep in your step, and you’ve watched the muscle mass of your 20s and 30s dwindle. Maybe your sharp wit has dulled a bit and your sexual function isn’t what it used to be. You
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
In some ways, your blood vessels are akin to that problematic plumbing in your kitchen. Just as the drain pipes are obstructed by what you deposit into them, so your arteries can become gradually blocked as a result of the fatty foods you’ve ingested over the years. Every burger or
Six decades of research summarized on oxidized cholesterol: Is the American Heart Association wrong about their recommendations to avoid foods high in cholesterol and use polyunsaturated fats, like vegetable oils?
Angina is chest pain that is not in itself an illness, but rather a symptom of a potentially serious condition. The most common form is “angina pectoris,” which is chest pain that occurs when your heart doesn’t get the nutrients it needs to function properly. The American Heart Association (AHA) describes