Heart Disease and Pregnancy: An Uneasy Mix

Though having a child might seem like the most natural and healthy thing in the world, pregnancy puts a strain on the mother’s body, in particular on her cardiovascular system. Women who have heart conditions should discuss potential risk factors with their doctor before planning a pregnancy. A team of dedicated medical professionals including cardiologists … Read More

For a Healthy Heart: Get Enough Sleep

Today we know that there is more to keeping the heart healthy than eating right and exercise. Getting the right amount of sleep is just as important. People with chronic sleep disturbances such as insomnia (30 percent of us) have a shorter life expectancy compared to those who consistently sleep well. “Sleeping a solid seven … Read More

4 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers

The best way to manage heart health is through diet and exercise and, when necessary, the use of prescription medications. But there are certain heart attack triggers that might surprise you. In general, we think of the four “Es” as follows: exertion, exposure to cold, emotion and eating. Here are four less-known heart attach triggers: … Read More

Battling the Bulge: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a bulge that can form in a section of the aorta, the body’s main artery, occurring in the belly area. This part of the aorta feeds blood to the lower body. The aneurysm can cause the walls of the aorta to become overstretched and weak. These aneurysms develop slowly … Read More

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Unexpected Heart Disease Risk Factors

You’ve probably heard the warnings about risk factors and heart disease, but there are lesser-known risk factors that don’t make the usual list of suspects. Unexpected risk factors Here are some risk factors that have been observed in people who also had heart disease or other cardiovascular issues: Poor dental care: Observational studies have noted … Read More

Surgery ‘Powerful Tool’ Against Diabetes

In 2012, a Cleveland Clinic study showed diabetic, overweight patients who had bariatric surgery saw significant improvement or remission of their type 2 diabetes. In the study, bariatric surgery — which included gastric bypass surgery and sleeve gastrectomy — helped patients control their diabetes and greatly reduce dependence on medications, to the point that they … Read More

First Born: Watch that Blood Pressure

Researchers in New Zealand released results earlier this year showing that first-born children have increased risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. A study of 85 healthy children ages 4 to 11 revealed that the first borns in the group had increased daytime blood pressure and reduced sensitivity to insulin compared to children who came … Read More

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7 Heart-healthy Habits Linked to Cancer Prevention

Are you doing your best to live a heart-healthy lifestyle? If so, you have a lower chance of developing cancer, too. A study by the American Heart Association (AHA) found that people practicing healthy heart habits had a significantly lower chance of developing cancer—a 38-percent lower risk, to be exact. “This is great news for … Read More

TV Snacks Could Hurt Kids’ Hearts

Young children who habitually snack while watching TV might be more likely to develop heart disease in the future. There are many risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and lifestyle factors, such as activity level and diet, are important. You can be proactive and protect your child’s heart by encouraging physical activity and serving healthy snacks … Read More