Tag: heart health

Heart disease remains the number one killer of both men and women, ahead of cancer, diabetes, and accidents. In people with heart disease, blood vessels become narrowed or blocked, reducing blood flow to the heart and brain, and increasing the risk for heart attack and stroke. Risks for heart disease include obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Preventing or managing these conditions can improve heart health and reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

You may not realize you?re at risk for high blood pressure and heart disease, because high blood pressure symptoms usually don?t emerge until blood pressure has already reached a dangerous level. That?s why this disease is often termed a ?silent killer.? At the dangerous stage, high blood pressure symptoms can include shortness of breath, nosebleeds, and severe headache.

Having high blood pressure over time forces the heart to work harder. Eventually, the heart begins to grow?a condition known as enlarged heart. If an enlarged heart isn?t treated with medicine, devices, or surgery, it can lead to complications such as heart failure.

Some people with an enlarged heart develop a heart murmur?a whooshing or swishing sound caused by abnormal blood flow through the heart. A heart murmur isn?t necessarily dangerous, but doctors do monitor it because it can be a sign of an underlying heart condition.

In heart disease, a sticky substance called plaque builds up in the arteries. When an area of plaque breaks off and becomes lodged in a blood vessel that supplies the heart, it can block blood flow and cause part of the heart muscle to die. This is a heart attack. Heart attack symptoms include chest pain; discomfort in the arms, back, shoulders, and neck; shortness of breath; and nausea.

Poor blood flow to the heart can produce chest pain called angina. Although angina is not a heart attack, it is a sign of heart disease and can warn of a future heart attack. Other angina symptoms include discomfort in the shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, and back.

Butternut Squash Benefits Include Heart and Eye Health

Butternut Squash Benefits Include Heart and Eye Health

Butternut squash is a delicious and versatile vegetable that can be roasted, toasted, mashed, sautéed, and most notably pureed into soup. It’s typically associated with the fall and winter seasons and its sweet taste makes it a wonderful, filling comfort food. Most importantly, in addition to its great taste and

Benefits of Organic Food: What Research Shows

Benefits of Organic Food: What Research Shows

Organic foods are widely available in supermarkets as well as specialty health food stores and farmer’s markets. People purchase organic fruits, vegetables, grains, and meats for a variety of reasons—among them the perceived benefits of organic food. Some studies suggest that organic produce and meat contain higher levels of nutrients

Healthy Bread: Is There Such a Thing?

Healthy Bread: Is There Such a Thing?

Freshly baked bread is pretty irresistible. The tantalizing smell, warm center, and crunchy crust can satisfy even the most serious of hunger pangs. Lately, though, the paleo patrol and gluten police have turned bread into a four-letter word. They talk about bread’s bad qualities (carbohydrates, calories, sugar, and salt, for

Is Wine Healthy?

Is Wine Healthy?

It’s a logical question to ask if you’re enjoying a glass after a long day at work: Is wine healthy? Research has shown that drinking wine every day—following some important guidelines, of course—may provide adults with multiple health benefits. First, it’s important to keep in mind that the American Heart

HDL vs. LDL: Which Is the More Important Cholesterol Number?

HDL vs. LDL: Which Is the More Important Cholesterol Number?

You’ve probably heard high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol described as the “good” cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) as the “bad” cholesterol. But when it comes to which type of cholesterol is most important to control, who wins the HDL vs. LDL matchup?

If only it were that simple.

There’s considerable debate in

The Best Diet for Your Heart and Arteries: 4 Simple Strategies

The Best Diet for Your Heart and Arteries: 4 Simple Strategies

Your heart is part of your cardiovascular system, which also includes all of the arteries that transport oxygenated blood from your heart throughout your body, and the veins that transport blood back to your heart. Many cardiovascular diseases and events—including coronary artery disease (CAD), peripheral artery disease (PAD), heart attack,

Natural Remedy for High Blood Pressure: Vitamin D

Natural Remedy for High Blood Pressure: Vitamin D

If you’re looking for a natural remedy for high blood pressure and you haven’t had your vitamin D levels checked recently, now is the time. It’s likely you have a vitamin D deficiency and are in need of vitamin D supplements to help lower your blood pressure.

Before 2013, a

What Is Causing My Tired Legs?

What Is Causing My Tired Legs?

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

Maintain Your Oral Health to Avoid Periodontitis

Maintain Your Oral Health to Avoid Periodontitis

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

The 4 Heart Problem Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

The 4 Heart Problem Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

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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