PCI vs. Protected PCI: What is the Difference and Which One is Right for Me?

  Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Percutaneous coronary intervention—or PCI—is a nonsurgical procedure performed in the catheterization lab (cath lab) by an interventional cardiologist. The purpose of the procedure is to open up narrowed arteries using either a stent and/or balloon angioplasty. During a balloon angioplasty, the interventional cardiologist uses a long, thin tube called a […]

Know the Signs of Stroke and How to Protect Your Heart

How to recognize, respond to, and prevent a stroke A stroke occurs when the blood flow to parts of the brain is reduced or interrupted. Sometimes a stroke is called a “brain attack.” Brain cells die when they do not receive enough oxygen and nutrients. Symptoms vary depending on which parts of the brain are […]

You Are Never Too Young to Talk to Your Doctor About Heart Health

Although we think of heart disease as something that happens to “old people,” the reality is that heart problems can begin at any age. In fact, a recent study found that the rate of heart attacks in younger people (aged 35-54 years) increased from 27% to 32% between 1995 and 2014.1 The increase was even […]

What is the Difference Between a Heart Attack and Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack every 40 seconds.1 That’s an estimated 790,000 Americans each year. Sudden cardiac arrest causes an estimated 350,000 deaths each year in the U.S. according to the American Heart Association.2 That’s about 1,000 people each day. To better understand […]

4 Ways to Avoid Holiday Heart Syndrome

The holidays can often be a time of excess: rich foods, elegant desserts, and an abundance of holiday drinks. If this isn’t how you usually eat—and we hope it isn’t—such indulgence can be damaging to your heart. Holiday Heart Syndrome is the term used by some doctors to describe the adverse effects caused by unrestrained […]

Where in the Body are the Carotid Arteries?

Carotid arteries are the arteries that supply the brain with oxygen and nutrients. There are two carotid arteries, one on either side of your neck that provide blood to the brain, neck and face. Carotid arteries can become clogged and blocked with plaque, just like other arteries in your body. However, if blood flow through […]

How Lowering Cholesterol can Reduce Heart Disease

Lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol can reduce your risk of heart disease. That is the conclusion of a recent meta-analysis, a study that combined data from 49 randomized clinical trials with a total of 312,175 participants.

How Smoking Damages Genes that are Associated with Heart Disease

Cigarette smoke leaves a lasting impact on the smoker by altering genetic information carried on the smoker’s DNA. DNA is altered through a process called methylation, which prevents gene expression by turning off genes. Within five years of smoking cessation, most damage caused by DNA methylation can be reversed. However, some altered genetic information may […]

Why People With Depression Have a Higher Risk of Heart Disease

People with depression have an increased risk of stroke and dying from heart disease. This is the conclusion of a recent study that investigated the association between depression and heart disease. The study began with 22,666 participants without heart disease. Each participant was evaluated for depression by completing a depression screening questionnaire. The average age […]

How Low Blood Pressure Contributes to Coronary Heart Disease

Blood pressure measures the force or pressure in your arteries when your heart beats. Normal blood pressure for an adult is considered to be 120/80. The first number, 120, represents systolic blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure measures the force with which the heart pumps blood around the body. The second number, 80, represents diastolic blood […]