February is American Heart Month
Learn about your risks for heart disease and stroke and stay "heart healthy" for yourself and your loved ones.
February Is American Heart Month: Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?
Social Support May Be Key to Heart Attack Recovery
Study found younger patients fared worse if they did not have family, friends to help afterwards
Young and middle-aged heart attack survivors are more likely to have poor health and low quality of life if they have fewer family and friends to support them in their recovery, a new study suggests.
Women and Coronary Artery Disease
Why is it important for women to learn about coronary artery disease?
Coronary artery disease is a leading cause of death for women throughout the world. More women die from heart disease than from cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Alzheimer's, and accidents combined.
But many women underestimate the threat coronary artery disease (CAD) poses to their health. And many women ...
Heart Attack and Unstable Angina
What is a heart attack?
A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked. Without blood and the oxygen it carries, part of the heart starts to die. A heart attack doesn't have to be deadly. Quick treatment can restore blood flow to the heart and save your life.
Your doctor might call a heart attack a myocardial infarction, or MI. Your doctor might also use the term acute coronary sy...
Dental Care for People with Heart Disease
People with heart disease have special needs when it comes to dental care. Here are some tips to consider before going to the dentist if you suffer from one of the following heart conditions.
Dental care after heart attack...
Change Bad Habits Early, Save Your Heart Later
Young adults who adopt healthier lifestyle can cut their heart disease risk, researchers say
Young adults who drop their bad health habits can reduce their risk of heart disease as they age, new research suggests.
Prompt Surgery May Be Best for Heart Valve Leak
Study findings challenge policy of 'watchful waiting' for people with mitral valve regurgitation
People with a leaky heart valve will live longer if surgeons repair the leak promptly, even if the patient isn't feeling any symptoms, a new study finds.
Doctors usually employ a strategy of "watchful waiting" when treating healthy people who have mitral valve regurgitation, which is backflow leakage...
Cardiac Screening Test May Help Determine . . .
. . . Who Should Take Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attack
For over 30 years, aspirin has been known to prevent heart attacks and strokes, but who exactly should take a daily aspirin remains unclear. New research published today in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes shows that your coronary artery calcium (CAC) score, a measurement of plaque in the arteries that feed the heart, may ...
6 Supplements for Heart Health
Could supplements really boost your heart health? They might.
Research shows that some supplements -- in addition to lifestyle changes and medical treatment if you need it -- may help lower cholesterol, improve blood pressure, and reduce other risk factors for heart disease.
How to Wreck Your Heart
No one sets out to hurt their heart. But some habits can add up over time, taking their toll.
You can't control things like your family history, or aging. But you have more power than you may think.
"There’s a lot of reason to believe you can trump your family history or promote a healthier, longer life if you focus as early as possible on the risk factors you can control,” says cardiologist...
Dementia, Heart Disease Linked in Older Women?
Study found 29 percent higher odds of mental decline compared to women with healthy hearts
Older women with heart disease might be at increased risk for dementia, according to a new study.
Do You Know Which Symptoms Signal a Heart Attack in Women?
Women’s heart attacks can be different than men’s. Learn the warning signs.
Most women know the symptoms of a heart attack -- squeezing chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea. But as it turns out, these symptoms are more typical for males. Female heart attacks can be quite different -- and it’s important for all women to learn the warning signs.
Rhonda Monroe's story is a cautionary tale....
Your Flu Shot May Also Help Your Heart
Study found one-third lower risk of problems including heart attacks in vaccinated people
If avoiding an achy, feverish week or so laid up with the flu doesn't motivate you to get a flu shot, a new study linking flu shots to a lower incidence of heart disease might persuade you to roll up your sleeve.
People in the study who got flu shots were one-third less likely to have heart issues, su...
Shocking Heart Deaths: Why They Happen
Sudden cardiac arrest isn't the same as a heart attack.
Someone in the prime of their life -- a professional sports star, teen athlete, marathon runner, or other seemingly healthy person -- isn't supposed to collapse and die from heart disease. But it occasionally happens, making sudden cardiac arrest front-page news.
The rare nature of sudden cardiac arrest among the young is precisely what mak...
New Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Shows Early Promise
If proven safe, effective in larger studies, ALN-PCS might someday be used with or instead of statins, researchers say
An experimental drug that lowers LDL "bad" cholesterol by helping sweep it from the bloodstream appears to be both safe and effective in its first human trial.
The drug known as ALN-PCS reduced cholesterol an average of 40 percent in the small, early study, and, if proven to wor...
12 Heart Symptoms Never to Ignore
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of U.S. men and women, accounting for 40% of all U.S. deaths. That's more than all forms of cancer combined.
Why is heart disease so deadly? One reason is that many people are slow to seek help when symptoms arise. Yes, someone gripped by sudden chest pain probably knows to call 911. But heart symptoms aren't always intense or obvious, and they vary from person t...
Will I Have Chest Pain If I Have a Heart Attack?
Not always, our expert says. And that's why you should know all the potential symptoms of a heart attack.
Q: I'll know I'm having a heart attack because my chest and arm will hurt, right?
A: Not necessarily. While some heart attacks do feature classic symptoms like chest and arm pain, the idea that they all do is FALSE.
About 25% of men and 40% of women don't have chest pain during heart attack...
Skipping Breakfast a Recipe for Heart Disease: Study
Men who miss morning meal much more likely to suffer heart attack, research shows
Men who skip breakfast have a 27 percent higher risk of suffering a heart attack or developing heart disease than those who start the day with something in their stomach, according to a new study.
The study confirms earlier findings that have linked eating habits to elevated risk factors for heart disease, the Harv...
Preventing Gum Disease When You’re at Risk for Heart Disease
If you're at risk for heart disease or have it already, good oral hygiene is very important. It might seem strange, but gum disease seems to be linked with cardiovascular problems, like heart attacks and strokes.
How can you keep your gums healthy -- and maybe your heart? Get the facts here.
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Sex After a Heart Attack: Is It OK?
You've had a heart attack, and suddenly your outlook on sex is very different. You used to relish intimacy and pleasure with your partner. But now it seems like a scary proposition. Could sex trigger another heart attack? Will your sex life ever be the same? Portland cardiologist James Beckerman, MD, answers the most common questions about how sex and heart health are connected.
Q. What worries h...
Anxiety, Depression May Triple Heart Patients' Death Risk
By Steven Reinberg
Anxiety and depression coupled with heart disease triples the risk of death compared to cardiac trouble alone, researchers have found.
Among heart patients, anxiety can double the risk of dying from any cause, the study authors noted, and depression further raises those odds.
"Patients with heart disease who experience high anxiety during the stressors of ...
Heart Attack Symptoms
Symptoms of a heart attack include:
Discomfort, pressure, heaviness, or pain in the chest, arm or below the breastbone
Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat, or arm
Fullness, indigestion, or choking feeling (may feel like heartburn)
Sweating, nausea, vomiting, or dizziness
Extreme weakness, anxiety, or shortness of breath
Rapid or irregular heartbeats
What To Do Now To Lower Heart Disease Risk Later
By Charlene Laino
If you want to increase your odds of having a healthy heart in old age, your best bet is to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in check in middle age. In a large study, the overall risk of developing any type of cardiovascular disease in one's lifetime was 60% for men and 55% for women. Cardiovascular disease included heart disease, stroke, or death due to either.
9 Tips to Lower Risk of a Heart Attack or Stroke
Many conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, or diabetes, increase your chance of having a heart attack or stroke.
Take action today to lower your chances.
Traffic Triples Heart Attack Risk
Study Shows Even Passengers Risk Heart Attack in Heavy Traffic; Exhaust Fumes Blamed
By Daniel J. DeNoon
Whether you drive, take the bus, or bicycle, being in heavy traffic triples your risk of heart attack within one hour. Air pollution from car fumes is the likely culprit, suggest Annette Peters, PhD, and colleagues at the Institute of Epidemiology, Helmholtz Center, Munich, Germany.
In a pre...