Your Heart

Understanding health issues to keep your heart healthy. Select from the many informative articles below.

A Toast to Your Health?

It’s a popular notion that consuming a moderate amount of alcohol, especially red wine, can help prevent heart attacks. But according to the American Heart Association (AHA), there are other preferred ways to protect your heart.

Heart Disease Risk: Are You an Apple or Pear?

Susceptibility to heart disease is not just dependent upon your body weight, but where you carry it. Heart disease researchers refer to this as the “distribution of body fat,” and it appears to be an important determinant of risk, not just in adults but in children as well.

Leg Pain Could Signal Blood Clots

When clots break off and travel to the lungs, becoming “pulmonary emboli,” they cause 200,000 deaths each year.

The Heart/HRT Connection: The Controversy Continues

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) reduces heart disease, right? New research has challenged this assumption, and the benefits may not outweigh the risks of increased breast cancer.

Attitude, Personality, and Heart Disease

Various types of stress are the main contributors to the development of heart disease.

The Low Down on Low-Dose Aspirin

Aspirin has proven effective in preventing heart attacks because it decreases the tendency of blood to clot. Dosing yourself without medical advice, however, is not a good idea.

Physical Activity Every Day

Several short exercise sessions may be as beneficial as a single long one if the total amount of exercise is the same. This means it’s easy to get much of the daily exercise your body needs in the form of everyday activities.

Heart Responds to Alternative Medicine

A study shocked the cardiology community by proving that advanced heart disease patients could actually shrink the fatty deposits that were blocking their coronary arteries, without taking drugs.

The Marathon Runner

Regular endurance exercise will help keep deposits from building up in lazy arteries, promote improved flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the heart’s cells, and force the heart to increase its pumping speed.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehab has been shown to reduce readmissions to the hospital, lessen the need for cardiac medications, increase the likelihood of returning to work after a heart attack, and even improve survival.

From Purple Grapes to Red Wine

In reducing the risk of heart attack, purple grape juice appears to have the same benefits as red wine, according to a study done by the American Heart Association.

What Kind of Parent Are You?

Children form eating habits early in life. If you are setting a poor example in terms of diet, then you and your child may both lose.

Healthy Holiday Presents

The holiday season is here. Let a health-conscious attitude be your shopping guide. Select gifts that will be truly heart-felt.

Healthful Holiday Eating

Eating healthy during the holiday season can be a challenge; but here’s some great tips to make your holiday season a healthy one!

It Could Be a Heart Attack

The American Heart Association strongly advocates calling 911 immediately when a cardiac emergency is suggested, as early treatment is critical.

A Positive Outlook Helps the Heart

A recent study showed that people who are prone to anger are about three times more likely to have a heart attack or sudden cardiac death than those less prone to anger.

Aspirin to the Rescue

The American Heart Association recommends that people who have not suffered a heart attack or stroke but who have experienced repeated episodes of unstable chest pain or mini-strokes (transient ischemic attacks) should take aspirin to reduce their risk for having a heart attack or stroke. Please talk to your doctor.

Summer Inspires Weekend Warriors

Studies estimate that 250,000 deaths per year from heart disease are due to a lack of regular exercise. There are lots of opportunities for outdoor activity now that summer is here. Remember to check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise routines.

Vacations Shouldn’t Discourage Heart-Healthy Behavior

Time off may be important to staying healthy! If you skip a vacation for five straight years, you are more likely to develop coronary heart disease or die.

Mitral Valve Prolapse

Mitral valve prolapse affects 2 – 5 percent of the population. Most patients have no symptoms, while others may have pain, palpatations, fatigue,or a variety of other symptoms.

A Heartfelt Gift

Heart transplant patients have an 86% chance to live another year, and a 70% chance to live five years. Most heart transplant recipients go on to live active, normal lives.

CPR – A Life Saver

The most common reason to give CPR is for a heart attack–it can save a person’s life.

Help Your Heart with Exercise

Studies show that exercise can have both short-term and long-term health benefits.

Pets Can Lower Blood Pressure

Companionship with a dog or cat can tame the “stress response” that leads to high blood pressure.

Cardiac Catheterization

A procedure known as cardiac catheterization provides a great deal of useful information in the evaluation of heart disease.

Coronary Stents

Coronary stents are used in over half of nonsurgical cardiology procedures for the treatment of blocked arteries.

Aspirin a Day Keeps the Heart Attacks at Bay

The little tablet that soothes the minor aches and pains of daily life is also a life-saver.

Peripheral Vascular Disease

PVD is atherosclerosis, or “hardening of the arteries.”

Inflammation: The latest in heart disease

The heart is an amazing pump that powers the body, carrying life-giving nutrients and oxygen to all the cells. Take care of it!

Take These Facts to Heart

The heart is an amazing pump that powers the body, carrying life-giving nutrients and oxygen to all the cells. Take care of it!

Heart Flutters

Heart transplant patients have an 86% chance to live another year, and a 70% chance to live five years. Most heart transplant recipients go on to live active, normal lives.

12-Lead EKG a Life Saver

About 6 million Americans are medically evaluated for an acute episode of chest pain each year.

These Health Alliance Specialists Care About Your Heart

Cardiologists treat heart attacks, heart failure, and heart rhythm disturbances, and they help patients prevent heart disease by modifying their risk factors.

Test Your Health: What’s Your Blood Pressure I.Q.?

High blood pressure, or hypertension as it is also known, affects millions of Americans.

Supermarket Savvy

Guidelines to help you choose heart-healthy foods while shopping in the supermarket.


Arrhythmias are abnormal rhythms of the heart than can cause the heart to pump less effectively.

The Facts About Defibrillators

A defibrillator, or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), is the common term for the medical device which detects and corrects fast and slow heart rates.

Take No Chances With Heart Disease

Knowing what symptoms to look for can save a life. According to the American Heart Association, heart attack sufferers experience one or more of the following symptoms: pressure or squeezing in chest area for more than a few minutes, pain spreading to shoulders, neck or arms, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, sweating , and nausea.

Cardiac Rehab: What Is It?

When you are in the hospital following a heart attack, angioplasty, catheterization, bypass surgery or valve replacement, you may find yourself wondering what lies ahead and reflecting upon the reasons that brought you there.

Congestive Heart Failure

First, it is important to understand that congestive heart failure (CHF) is not a heart attack or a specific disease.

Atherosclerosis Cutting Your Risk For Heart Attacks And Strokes

All of our body’s organs depend on a robust supply of blood in order to function properly.


Angina is a serious warning sign. It is a message from your heart telling you that it is not getting enough blood and oxygen.

Managing Stress For A Healthier Heart

A little stress may be good for you. Minor stress can help you to set priorities at work and home.

Cholesterol Awareness

Much of this emphasis is due to the alarming statistics about heart disease, the nation’s number one killer for both men and women.

Heart Attack

Many victims of heart attacks experience a tightness or squeezing sensation in the chest.


After years and decades of beating, the heart may occasionally skip or bump. Most of the time, fortunately, the heart corrects its own rhythm, almost faster than one can feel it.

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