Trust your gut. Follow your heart. As it turns out, you can do both at once: The health of your cardiovascular and digestive systems appears to be linked.
High blood pressure is common but dangerous—it increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. The good news is that there are lifestyle changes you can make to keep your blood pressure under control.
From time to time, your heart may flutter when you’re excited, nervous, or exercising hard. And if your heart’s offbeat beat—also called an arrhythmia—goes away as quickly as it came about, it might seem like no cause for concern. But the whole picture is a little more complicated. It’s a good idea to know when that fleeting flutter may be putting your health at risk.
If your healthcare provider says that your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol level is too low, take heart. There are steps you can take to improve this “good” cholesterol—and boost your cardiovascular health. Here’s some information you can use to begin discussing a plan with your provider.
Isn’t everyone looking for ways to enjoy their days more—with less effort? Try this heart-friendly advice.
If you have high blood pressure, you may think it’s the result of the normal aging process. The truth is, unhealthy eating patterns and certain medical conditions can cause high blood pressure, and many factors can increase your risk. Yet many myths continue to circulate about the disease.
All may be fair in love and war, but the same can’t be said for matters of the heart. A heart attack—when blood doesn’t reach part of the heart muscle—is a medical emergency, but its symptoms vary from person to person.
For people with uncontrolled high blood pressure, the artery walls are constantly being damaged by the force of the blood rushing through them. Over time, the damage increases the risk for heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease.
The link between your head and your heart may be closer than you think. Stress, anxiety, and depression can all affect your heart health.
A lot has changed over the past year due to COVID-19. But one thing that has stayed the same is the importance of building healthy habits. That’s especially crucial when you have coronary artery disease (CAD) or congestive heart failure (CHF). Here’s how to prioritize taking your medicines and being physically active, pandemic-style.
About 40 million people in the U.S. take a statin drug. Statins are typically used to lower high cholesterol in the blood. But they have other important benefits, too. In fact, they may be prescribed for people with diabetes even when their cholesterol level is normal.
Do you feel dizzy when you stand? Even faint or fall down? These are all signs of a condition called orthostatic hypotension, which doctors have long linked to heart problems. Now, a new study suggests it might have consequences for the mind, too.