Finding out what your cardiovascular risk is requires that you see your physician periodically to have your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight checked. From there, your health-care team may recommend a variety of tests and investigations to determine your level of risk and develop a plan to minimize
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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
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.
It’s the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the most common cause of adult disability. As alarming as those statistics are, you may be surprised to learn that 80 percent of strokes are preventable.
“That statistic from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association speaks to the combination of
Each year, about 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of these individuals, 140,000 die, and many survivors are left with long-term complications and disabilities. “A stroke happens because blood flow in the brain is interrupted by a blood clot or a ruptured
Seasonal Indulgence Can Raise Cholesterol Levels
Increased consumption of fatty foods during winter holiday break can boost cholesterol levels 20% higher than in the summer, according to researchers in Copenhagen. The risk of having elevated cholesterol is six times higher immediately following the winter celebrations. Nine out of ten of the
Pick up any magazine and you’ll find at least one article touting the latest diet to try. The options are endless and can be so confusing. Here’s the scoop on three popular diets.
#1 Mediterranean Diet. Interest in the diet of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea goes back to a
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):
If it’s true that blood is life, then your heart is the supplier of life. By pumping nourishing blood through your complex network of blood vessels, your heart is responsible for delivering oxygen and vital nutrients to your brain, bones, and other tissues throughout your body. It stands to reason,
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