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 […]

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 […]

Why is Cardiovascular Disease Now Leading Cause of Death in China?

Lifestyle changes. The past several decades in China have seen major shifts in eating habits, exercise patterns, and smoking behavior. These lifestyle changes have led to increases in all of the major risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood glucose, and obesity. This is the conclusion of a […]

Similarities Between Peripheral Artery Disease, Stroke and Coronary Artery Disease

Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart to the rest of the body. Blood carries oxygen, carbon dioxide, and other nutrients that are needed for all of your organs to function properly. When blood flow through an artery is decreased or blocked, the amount of blood, oxygen and nutrients that reach […]

How Important Are Heart Valves?

The heart is important because it pumps blood around your body, delivering oxygen and nutrients to your cells and removing waste products. The heart has four chambers: two upper chambers called the right and left atria (singular: atrium) and two lower chambers called the right and left ventricles. There are valves between the atria and […]

What’s A Top Contributor to Heart Attack or Stroke but has No Symptoms?

Cholesterol. Cholesterol levels do not cause symptoms for many years. Yet, if you know your cholesterol levels, you can help prevent heart disease. Only about 70% of adults in the US have their cholesterol levels tested. September is National Cholesterol Education Month—and time to learn about cholesterol and its role in heart disease. What is […]

Eating Less Sugar Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Eat less sugar. That’s the conclusion of a recent study published in the journal Atherosclerosis that investigated the effects of sugar consumption on cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Cholesterol and triglycerides are markers of heart disease, which is the number one killer of Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control. Cholesterol and triglycerides are fats […]

Fish Oil Protects the Heart After PCI

Percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI is a procedure that opens narrowed or blocked arteries. Some patients with severe coronary artery disease and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction may be candidates for Protected PCI, a PCI procedure using a miniature heart pump called the Impella 2.5. A study found that people who were given omega-3 fatty […]

Gut-Heart Connection

There are many microorganisms or microbiota living in our gastrointestinal tract. These microbiota help with digestion, and interact with each other to influence our immune system and our health, including our cardiovascular system. The types of microorganisms that inhabit your gut may be determined by the food you eat. People who eat a diet low […]

How Your Heart Benefits from Fish Oil

The American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of fish each week. Will eating fish protect your heart? Scientists agree the answer is yes. Now let us understand why. Fish contain fish oils, specifically omega-3 fatty acids, which are important in our diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are most abundant in oily or fatty fish such […]