You lost a loved one, suffered through a divorce, or sent your eldest to college. Now, your heart is aching, your blood pressure is rising, and you’re feeling breathless. If you’re fit and healthy with no history of heart disease, you’re probably suffering from broken heart syndrome, a condition that
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Q: What causes arrhythmia?
A: Arrhythmia is a term used to describe an erratic heartbeat. Your heart beats due to electrical impulses that are generated in your heart. Arrhythmia occurs when the electrical activity becomes chaotic, causing the heart’s chambers to beat in an irregular rhythm. If you have an arrhythmia,
Many of my patients ask me how they can protect themselves against heart disease and whether they should see cardiac specialists.
First, knowing if you have risk factors for heart disease is essential. You are considered at high risk for heart disease if your have three or more of these risk
What is a “mild heart attack”? You may have heard the expression and wondered exactly what it means. A bone can have a hairline fracture or a major break. A stroke can have relatively minor consequences or be severely debilitating. So can a heart attack be mild or major?
You may hear the term “cardiovascular disease” used interchangeably with “heart disease” or any of several other terms to describe problems with your heart or blood vessels. But what is cardiovascular disease (CVD) exactly, and why does it seem to be applied so broadly to conditions related to circulation?
The phrase “silent heart attack” suggests an event that comes and goes without much fanfare. And while it’s true you can have an actual heart attack without realizing it at the time, the signs of a silent heart attack can include real damage to your heart muscle. “Just like the
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
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
We hear the term frequently but may not fully understand it: What is heart disease? Yet there is no simple way to define it, however, because it’s actually a broad term that refers to many conditions that affect the heart or your blood vessels.
Among the types of cardiovascular diseases are:
You’ve heard since the time you were small that brushing your teeth is vital to stave off oral hygiene problems. Even so, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that nearly half of all Americans aged 30 and older have some degree of periodontitis (gum disease). The number increases