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7. A Holistic Approach to Heart Health

It’s not just your eating pattern and your physical activity that affect how well your heart and blood vessels function. Other aspects of your lifestyle appear to intersect with your diet and activity level on the path to better cardiovascular health. Your sleep, for instance, can affect your quality of

1. The Heart of the Matter

To fully appreciate the importance of following a heart-healthy lifestyle, it’s helpful to understand the impact that cardiovascular disease (a term that refers to conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels) has on the population of the United States. Consider these 2018 statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA):

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Diabetes Is a Major Risk Factor for Heart Disease

You may be aware that people with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of heart disease—but you may not know just how strong the connection is between these two conditions. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), at least 68 percent of people age 65 or older who have diabetes

Palliative Care Can Improve Your Quality of Life

When you hear the words “palliative care,” what comes to mind? If you said “hospice” or “terminal illness,” you have a common misconception about what palliative care is and how it can benefit patients.

“Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with chronic or serious illnesses with the goal of

Manage Resistant Hypertension

About 75 million Americans have hypertension (high blood pressure), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most people who have the condition are able to lower their blood pressure with lifestyle changes and medications. However, 12 to 15 percent of people are not able to because they have

Blood Pressure Chart: Where Do Your Numbers Fit?

Blood Pressure Chart: Where Do Your Numbers Fit?

A nurse takes your blood pressure at your annual physical. The numbers are recorded and the checkup continues. But do you know where on the blood pressure chart your levels are? Are they healthy? Too low? Too high, meaning you have hypertension? If you have high blood pressure or are

What Is Hashimoto’s Disease?

What Is Hashimoto’s Disease?

Hashimoto’s disease is the most common thyroid disease in the United States, affecting 5 in every 100 people. An autoimmune disease that frequently leads to hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormones), it is eight times more common in women.

According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), “Hashimoto’s thyroiditis occurs when there

High Cholesterol: 10 Ways It Can Harm Your Body

High Cholesterol: 10 Ways It Can Harm Your Body

High cholesterol can have wide-ranging effects—both direct and indirect—on your heart and several other organs served by your vascular system. As cholesterol builds in the arteries of your heart, brain, and throughout your body, it usually does so silently. In some cases, the first signs of atherosclerosis may be a

This Just In: As Obesity Goes Up, So Do Your Health Risks

Being obese—having a body mass index (BMI) over 30 and a waist-to-hip ratio over .85—can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is caused by plaque buildup in artery walls, which narrows blood vessels and prevents enough oxygen from reaching the heart, which could

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