What is Angina?

Angina is a type of chest pain that can occur when the heart is not receiving enough blood flow to meet the demand of the body. The pain is often described as pressure, tightness, or a squeezing sensation. Angina is a common symptom of coronary artery disease, which is the narrowing of the coronary arteries. […]

Heart Disease in Men and Women

Heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions, including coronary artery disease and heart attack. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and there are certain risk factors that are shared among men and women, including: Obesity Family history High blood pressure Smoking […]

Right-Sided Heart Failure

Right-sided heart failure is the result of the right ventricle’s inability to effectively pump blood to the lungs. It is also called pulmonary heart disease. Right-sided heart failure is often caused by a weakened left ventricle that is struggling to efficiently pump blood to the rest of the body, also known as left-sided heart failure. […]

What is Cardiogenic Shock?

Cardiogenic shock is a life-threatening situation that occurs when the heart is unable to function properly, depriving critical organs of the blood they need to function. This may happen due to a sudden cardiac event such as a heart attack. When cardiogenic shock occurs, blood pressure becomes very low, signifying the heart’s inability to adequately pump blood […]

Staying Active Contributes to Heart Health and Brain Health, Even at 70

Stay active—no matter how old you get. The more active you are, the less likely it is that you will develop heart disease. That’s the conclusion of a recent study1 that investigated the link between physical activity and heart and brain health in older adults. Exercise can improve heart and brain health in adults by […]

What is Ejection Fraction and What Does it Tell You About Your Heart?

Before seeing your cardiologist, your doctor will schedule you for an echocardiogram of your heart. One piece of information your cardiologist can learn from the results of the echocardiogram is whether your ejection fraction (EF) is low. Let’s explain what this means: The heart is a muscle that pumps blood to the rest of your […]

Why Does the Risk of Heart Problems Increase During Winter

Winter weather can be deadly—for your heart. This is the conclusion of several studies that investigated the impact of cold weather on the heart. One study published in the journal Hypertension examined the effects of weather (sunlight, air temperature, and rain) on 16,010 people with high blood pressure. This study found that blood pressure increased […]

Choosing Fats Wisely Can Decrease Your Risk of Heart Disease

Always reaching for the skim milk? Think again. The connection between dairy fat and heart disease may be more complicated than you thought. This is according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The report combined data from 220,000 participants in three separate studies that investigated the relationship between dairy […]

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 meta-analysis study that combined data from 49 randomized clinical trials with a total of 312,175 participants.

The Impact of Low Health Literacy on Heart Disease

October is Health Literacy Month. Let’s learn more about the importance of health literacy and how it impacts patients with heart disease. Health literacy is the ability of patients and the general public to understand health information. This includes information told to patients by healthcare professionals or given to them in writing. This is important […]