Receiving an atrial fibrillation diagnosis isn’t great news, but it can provide you with great incentive to take some important heart-healthy steps. Acting now can help you live a fruitful and productive life.
February is American Heart Month, so we’re going to focus on one of the most common issues — high blood pressure. Here’s why hypertension is so dangerous and some steps you can take to lower your numbers.
When it comes to diagnostic tools and your heart health, the electrocardiogram, or EKG, is a true workhorse. This harmless test can reveal a great deal about the function of your heart, which we explore here.
You’re having problems with swelling in your lower legs and feet, and you’re wondering whether the condition may be related to your cardiovascular health. The short answer is yes, and we review four of these conditions here.
You have a parent, sibling, or grandparent with heart disease, and you’re wondering what steps you can take to offset your heightened risks. Here, we review four important steps that can help safeguard your heart health.
Recognizing any cardiovascular disease in its earliest stages is important, and this is certainly true of congestive heart failure. Here, we review three hard-to-ignore signs of heart failure so that you can seek help.
We’ve diagnosed you with an aortic aneurysm, and you want to know what your future holds — primarily whether you need surgery. Here, we take a look at the common treatment options for aortic aneurysms.
If you’re one of the more than 2.7 million people who are living with atrial fibrillation in the United States, you want to know how serious the condition is and whether it can be fatal. The answer is complicated, but worth understanding.
There’s a good case to be made for the fact that any abnormality in your heart is cause for concern, which certainly includes valvular disease. That said, some heart valve problems are more serious than others.
Although the word aneurysm may have filtered into our everyday language, this potentially serious problem is not all that common. Still, it’s worth understanding your risks for the two main types of aortic aneurysms.
You can hardly differentiate your calves from your ankles because of swelling in your lower limbs — and you’re concerned. Called edema, the causes of this condition range from mild to problematic and include heart-related issues.
The average human heart steadily beats 115,000 times per day, circulating a whopping 2,000 gallons of blood. With an arrythmia, your heartbeat can become irregular, which can lead to complications in this critical delivery system.
Over the course of an average human lifetime, the heart steadily beats 2.5 billion times. If this heartbeat isn’t steady, the risks for life-threatening cardiovascular issues rise considerably, which is where a pacemaker comes in.
Heart disease is an umbrella term for several different issues that affect your heart, but make no mistake, each is serious and often life-threatening. Here, we look at the different types of heart disease.
You’re feeling far more fatigued than you ought, and even the slightest activity leaves you out of breath. There are many reasons why you may be feeling these symptoms, including heart failure, which we review here.
There are many different types of arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms), and atrial fibrillation is the most common. The potential consequences of this condition range from mild to severe and knowing your risks is important.
You have the sensation that your heart is fluttering or skipping a beat, and you wonder whether you should be concerned. The answer is both yes and no, which is why understanding the problem is important.
Your aorta is the largest blood vessel in your body, and when something threatens this structure, such as an aneurysm, the consequences can be quite serious. Is there a way to tell whether you’re at risk?
The average heart beats 100,000 times a day to be able to deliver crucial oxygen and nutrients to your body. When something goes awry in this system, a pacemaker can ensure that your blood keeps circulating properly.
The valves in your heart play an important role in keeping your blood flowing — in the right direction. With mitral valve prolapse, some blood may be heading the wrong way. Here’s a look at this valvular disease.
Your ankles or hands are swollen, and you credit the heat, yet the condition persists. Called edema, the swelling may be a sign of something heart-related, which is why this is one problem you shouldn’t ignore.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of arrhythmia, affecting nearly three million people in the United States. This number is expected to rise to more than 12 million in just 10 years. What’s driving the big increase?
Though the holidays may look a little different this year thanks to the health care crisis, there may still be plenty of challenges for your heart. Here are a few tips that will help you and your heart weather the holiday season.
One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States because of cardiovascular disease. Though our goal here isn’t to scare you, we do want to underscore just how important it is to stay one step ahead of your cardiovascular health.
If you have peripheral artery disease, the good news is that you can take steps to improve the condition. In fact, these small steps can help you avoid far more serious cardiovascular conditions down the road.
Atrial fibrillation is a common and potentially serious heart rhythm problem that can lead to blood clots, stroke, and heart failure. Stay one step ahead of your heart health; here’s a look at some of the warning signs of atrial fibrillation.
Your heart is equipped with four valves that open and close with your every heartbeat, keeping your blood flowing in the right direction. When valvular disease strikes, it can have a widespread impact on your circulation and heart function.
An aortic aneurysm is an incredibly serious cardiovascular issue, but, thankfully, not all that common. Still, it’s a health condition that’s well worth avoiding, which starts by understanding your risks.
Each year in the United States, approximately 200,000 people turn to a pacemaker to regulate their heartbeats, with great success. If you’re planning on joining these growing numbers, here’s what you can expect when getting a pacemaker.
When it comes to your health, recognizing a problem early can make all the difference in your outcome, which is certainly true of your heart. Here are the top signs that you may have an arrythmia (and what we can do about it).
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans, which makes any step toward prevention a step well worth taking. In the following, we outline 10 best practices for minimizing your risk of heart disease.
Congestive heart failure is a progressive and life-threatening condition in its early stages, which means catching the condition in its early stages offers the best chances for success. Here are the top signs that your heart may be in trouble.
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack, which puts all of us on high alert. Unfortunately, a relatively harmless panic attack mimics many of the same symptoms as this serious event. Is there a way to tell the difference?
Peripheral artery disease (PAD), which stems from plaque buildup in blood vessels away from your heart, can be painful and dangerous. Knowing and managing your risks can help prevent PAD and reduce the severity of symptoms. Learn your risk factors.