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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 and weighing only 8 to 10 ounces. It consists of two upper chambers (the left and right

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

Delirium: Defining a Syndrome Often Mistaken for Dementia

Delirium: Defining a Syndrome Often Mistaken for Dementia

Delirium is a medical syndrome—not a disease—in which there is a rapid onset of confusion, altered consciousness, and behavioral changes. Unlike dementia, which shares some of these symptoms, the onset of delirium is usually within hours or days (as opposed to months or years).

Delirium is considered a medical emergency.

1. Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain

Before you begin reading this book, you might be wondering if it’s worth making dietary and lifestyle changes to protect your heart and your brain—especially if cardiovascular disease or dementia runs in your family. Genetics certainly play a role, but your genes are not your destiny. Research suggests a healthy

6. Depression in Children and the Elderly

Some of our most vulnerable include the very young and the very old. While we typically think of depression as affecting working-age adults with many life stresses, depression is common in both children and the elderly. But among these particular populations, it may manifest differently, and the approach to treatment

What Is Vascular Dementia?

What Is Vascular Dementia?

Vascular dementia (VaD) ranks second among memory loss causes after Alzheimer’s disease, yet it is often overlooked. But what is vascular dementia?

The condition is caused by vascular problems affecting memory regions and supporting structures in the brain, and is closely associated with cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease. Causes of vascular

What Causes a Stroke? Top 10 Risk Factors

What Causes a Stroke? Top 10 Risk Factors

90% of all strokes are associated with 10 risk factors. These 10 major causes of stroke range from smoking to lack of physical activity and increased waist circumference. But, having high blood pressure readings takes the prize.

PTSD: Hidden Consequence of Health Problems Such as Stroke

About 20 percent of people exposed to a threatening experience such as automobile accident, a violent crime, or physical or sexual abuse, develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The mental health condition, which is characterized by high levels of anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts about the event, and emotional numbing, can

Recover After Stroke

Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year, and it is the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. This is because stroke doesn’t just affect your brain—it also can affect your body. Depending on which area of the brain is damaged by a stroke and how severe

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