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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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
There’s a good reason why high blood pressure is called the “silent killer.” Yet, while hypertension remains insidious, it is stealthily damaging your arteries, and also the organs and other tissues that rely on the blood that these vessels deliver to them.
Damage to Your Arteries
Hypertension contributes to atherosclerosis, or “hardening”
You’re doing all the right things to improve your lipid profile. You’ve shed some extra pounds. You’re eating a heart-healthy diet. You’re exercising every day. Nevertheless, your doctor says your cholesterol still isn’t quite where it should be, and your odds of suffering a heart attack or stroke are still
You’ve read about the risks of dyslipidemia, the underlying contributors to cholesterol abnormalities, and the factors (in addition to cholesterol) that increase your cardiovascular risk. However, the only way to know if your cholesterol is high and whether you have any other cardiovascular risk factors is to get checked periodically
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. It consists of two upper chambers (the left and right atria) and two lower chambers (the left
It may be a classic heart-attack symptom, but pressure or discomfort or tightness in your chest doesn’t always accompany a heart attack. For some people, particularly women, pain in other places may be their main symptoms. For others, chest discomfort comes and goes—the result of a condition called angina, which
Angina is chest pain that is not in itself an illness, but rather a symptom of a potentially serious condition. The most common form is “angina pectoris,” which is chest pain that occurs when your heart doesn’t get the nutrients it needs to function properly. The American Heart Association (AHA) describes
You’re climbing a flight of stairs and suddenly you experience the sensation of pressure in your chest. It might feel a little like heartburn, but you know it’s more serious. What causes chest pain like that? Are you having a heart attack? Or is it an angina attack, your first
In broad terms, the heart mainly consists of a plumbing system and an electrical system. There are two pumps: one uses arteries to push oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body; the other pump uses veins to usher blood back to the heart and into the