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.

UHN Blog: What’s the Right Blood Pressure for You? It Depends

UHN Blog: What’s the Right Blood Pressure for You? It Depends

Aside from the occasional aches, pains, and sleeping troubles, my 82-year-old mother is in very good health for her age. But like many other older adults, she takes a medication to help control high blood pressure symptoms. And like plenty of older individuals, she relies on her doctor to let

7 Reasons to Try the Mediterranean Dietary Pattern

How would you like to spend some time at a café in Ibiza or lose yourself on a Greek island? To get to know Nice, visit Naples, or explore Morocco? While waiting for these dream vacations, you can start out by adopting the way people eat in that part of

Ask the Experts: Pomegranate Juice; Favorite Health Tips

Dietitians and other health professionals are regularly asked about supplements (vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements, and others). Most frequently asked is “Should I take a vitamin and mineral supplement?” followed closely by “Can you tell me exactly what to take?” My friends, these are loaded and tricky questions because (like most

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

The Healthiest Vegetables to Add to Your Diet

The Healthiest Vegetables to Add to Your Diet

You will gain benefits from eating just about any type of vegetable; here’s more information on what are considered to be the healthiest vegetables.
Asparagus
Asparagus provides more folic acid per serving than any other vegetable, which is especially important for women who are pregnant because it can decrease the chances of

How to Take Oregano Oil

How to Take Oregano Oil

Oil of oregano can be a powerful weapon against all kinds of conditions. In a companion post, we cited “5 Amazing Oregano Oil Benefits.” And in a host of other articles, we dug deeper into the many uses of this natural treatment (see sidebar below: “Oregano Oil vs. Depression, the

The Healthiest Cooking Oils and How to Use Them

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Metabolically Borderline: What It Means and What You Should Do

When your blood work straddles the line between normal and elevated for cholesterol, blood sugar, or blood pressure, you may be diagnosed as metabolically borderline. Here’s what it means and how you can lower your numbers.

Prediabetes. The lab value hemoglobin A1c is a cumulative average of your blood sugar over

Improve Your Understanding of Test That Assess Heart Function

If your doctor suspects you have heart disease, he or she may order some tests that will provide information about the structure and function of your heart and your coronary arteries. These tests range from simple, non‑invasive screenings to more involved procedures that may include the use of high-tech imaging equipment.

“Typically,

Manage Hypertension, Hypotension Safely to Lower Brain Health Risks

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension), you may be primarily concerned about your risk of cardiovascular disease or even a stroke. And while hypertension is a major risk factor for stroke, it can also lead to brain health problems in other ways.

Psychiatrist Christopher Celano, MD, associate

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