5 Things You Need to Know About Smoking and Your Heart

You don’t need a reminder that smoking is bad for your heart. But do you realize the full extent of the damage your heart sustains every time you light up a cigarette? Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in our country. It kills nearly 500,000 people every year, but with the right knowledge and support, you don’t need to be part of that statistic.

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Holter Monitors Explained

Cardiologists have a number of tools they use to diagnose and treat a range of cardiovascular conditions. The Holter monitor is one such tool that is able to continuously record your electrical heart tracings (EKGs) for a 24 to 48 hour period. As a small battery-operated device, a Holter monitor can be worn throughout your regular activities. This allows your cardiologist to review your EKGs after a few days and evaluate the results for signs of any heart rhythm problems.

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3 Lessons to Learn from National High Blood Pressure Education Month

Every year, National High Blood Pressure Education Month takes place throughout May with the goal of helping Americans prevent and control high blood pressure. This campaign has been occurring since May 1974 thanks to the support of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). More than four decades later, community groups, civic organizations, hospital outreach programs, public health departments, and workplaces still come together each May to renew educational efforts geared toward minimizing the impacts of high blood pressure. Read More

Understanding the Effects of Uncontrolled Atrial Fibrillation

afibAtrial fibrillation, also known as A. Fib (AF), is one of the most common cardiac arrhythmias in the United States. According to The Journal of American Medical Association, the number of patients with atrial fibrillation is likely to increase 2.5 fold during the next 50 years, reflecting the growing proportion of elderly individuals. A. Fib increases with age, approximately 70% of cases affects patients between the ages of 65 and 85 years of age.  Several factors and medical conditions increase the risk of developing AF. Some of these conditions are: uncontrolled hypertension, heart attacks, abnormal heart valves, overactive thyroid, and stimulants such as medications, caffeine, tobacco and alcohol. Sleep apnea and obesity are among the most common leading causes of AF. Read More

The Incredible Applications of 3D Printing in Cardiology

3d-printingIt was only a few years ago that most people scoffed at the idea of 3D printing as a realistic idea, yet today it has rapidly become the centerpiece of many incredible medical accomplishments. A recent article in the International Journal of Cardiology explained just how heavily 3D printing has contributed to the treatment of heart-related diseases and surgeries. Innovations with 3-D printing technology have proven that the impossible is now, indeed, possible. Read More

High cholesterol ‘does not cause heart disease’ new research finds

Cholesterol does not cause heart disease in the elderly and trying to reduce it with drugs like statins is a waste of time, an international group of experts has claimed.

A review of research involving nearly 70,000 people found there was no link between what has traditionally been considered “bad” cholesterol and the premature deaths of over 60-year-olds from cardiovascular disease.

Published in the BMJ Open journal, the new study found that 92 percent of people with a high cholesterol level lived longer. Read More

Heart Disease, Not Breast Cancer, is the Leading Health Threat for Women

heartBreast cancer is one of the most openly discussed diseases thanks to efforts by gynecologists, doctors, and other health experts to teach women to identify the precursors to breast cancer and seek treatment immediately. While the attention to breast cancer has helped raise critical awareness and save lives, it has also created a misconception. Most people think breast cancer is the top health threat for women, but it’s actually a disease that doesn’t receive nearly enough attention for women: heart disease.

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How Concerned Should You Be with Acid Reflux?

acid refluxThere aren’t many Americans unfamiliar with the sensation of acid reflux. It’s one of the top Internet search queries in the health field, but few people suffering from acid reflux understand why it happens or how it can be prevented. Here is what you should know!

The Basic Facts About Acid Reflux

Acid reflux occurs when some of the acid sitting in the stomach flows into the esophagus, a part of the throat responsible for moving food from the mouth to the stomach. This acid is strong because it is meant to digest food and protect against bacteria, and only the stomach has the proper lining to deal with the acid comfortably. So when the ring of muscle called the gastroesophageal sphincter temporarily fails to do its job of separating the esophagus and the stomach, the stomach acid can flow upward and cause the uncomfortable heartburn so many people know (and hate). Read More

Everything You Should Know about Cardiac Arrest

chest-painJust the term “cardiac arrest” doesn’t sound good, and it definitely is not. Though it’s often confused with a heart attack, a cardiac arrest is different in the sense that it involves the abrupt loss of heart function. A heart attack, in which blood flow to the heart is blocked, can often lead to cardiac arrest, but they are not one in the same.

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