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4. How High Blood Pressure Harms Health

There’s a good reason why high blood pressure is called the “silent killer.” While hypertension remains insidious, it is stealthily damaging not only your arteries, but every organ, tissue, and system in the body. Since all your body’s organs and tissues require the vital oxygen and nutrients from the blood

High Blood Pressure Is Associated With Heart Failure

Higher blood pressure is common as people get older because blood vessels naturally thicken and stiffen over time. This age-related trend might lead some seniors to believe that it’s OK to skip medications and to stop taking regular readings. Some people with elevated blood pressure may even feel fine. But,

4. The Harms of High Blood Pressure

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
Atherosclerosis
Hypertension contributes to atherosclerosis, or “hardening”

2. Cholesterol and Your Heart

To understand how cholesterol affects your cardiovascular health, it helps to understand the workings of your heart and vascular system.
The Heart
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

Heart Failure? Stay Vigilant for Worsening Condition

Heart Failure? Stay Vigilant for Worsening Condition

More than 5 million Americans have heart failure, and 500,000 more cases are diagnosed each year. The condition develops gradually, due to injury to or weakness of the heart—underlying causes include these, among others:
Heart attack
High blood pressure
Coronary artery disease
Heart valve disease
Abnormal heart rhythms
Diseases of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathies)
Diabetes
There are two

How a VAD Can Save Your Heart

How a VAD Can Save Your Heart

A ventricular assist device (VAD) supports the heart in pumping blood throughout the body. VADs were pioneered in the 1970s, but they were not widely used until the 1990s as a way to keep patients alive during their wait for a heart transplant (“bridge to transplant”). They are still used

Stay Vigilant for Worsening Heart Failure

More than five million Americans have heart failure, and 500,000 more cases are diagnosed each year. The condition develops gradually, due to injury to or weakness of the heart—underlying causes include heart attack, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, abnormal heart rhythms, diseases of the heart muscle

What Is Congestive Heart Failure?

What Is Congestive Heart Failure?

You may have heard the phrase “congestive heart failure” used interchangeably with “heart failure.” That’s because the symptoms of heart failure usually involve congestion throughout the body. Less blood being constantly circulated means less excess fluid being filtered by the kidneys into urine. That additional fluid is known as congestion,

Certain Types of Heart Failure More Common in Women

A variety of diseases and events—heart attack, hypertension, diabetes and heart infections among them—can cause injury to the heart muscle, rendering it unable to work properly. This is called heart failure.
Heart failure is very common—more than 5 million adults in the United States have it. Yet many people are

Ask the Doctor: Hip Protectors; Systolic; Diastolic Heart Failure

Q. A friend of mine wears “hip protectors” to prevent injuries if she falls. Do these work?

A. Hip protectors (also marketed as “hip savers”) are underwear that incorporate sewn-in pads of varying thicknesses, or they have pockets into which you insert shells made of hard plastic. The theory is that,

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