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
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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
Q: My brother recently suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. Can you tell me more about these, and what I can do to reduce my risk of having one?
A: A hemorrhagic stroke takes the form of either an intracerebral hemorrhage, which occurs if a weakened blood vessel within the brain ruptures and
If you exercise at least a few hours a week and find ways to manage your stress, you are both lowering your risk of a stroke and raising the odds of a healthy outcome in case you do have a stroke.
Of course, you certainly want to avoid what is sometimes
Drinking Less Alcohol May Help You Live Longer
People who consume no more than three drinks a week live longer than people who drink four or more per week, according to a study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, Oct. 3, 2018. Researchers evaluated self-reported data from more than 340,000
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Stroke After Heart Attack
The weeks following a heart attack are associated with an increased risk of stroke, but it has been unclear how long the increased risk lasts. Preliminary research presented at the American Neurological Association annual meeting in October 2018 included 1,750,000 people, age 66 and older, who suffered
Now that you know about the health risks that accompany dyslipidemia, what causes your cholesterol to go awry, and the ways that cholesterol and other factors can increase your cardiovascular risk, it’s time to find out just what your risk is. This requires that you see your physician periodically to
To understand how cholesterol affects your cardiovascular health, it helps to understand the workings of your heart and vascular system.
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
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