How Watching TV Can Increase Your Risk of Blood Clots

Get up and move! Do something—anything. That’s the advice of a recent study published in Circulation that investigated the relationship between watching TV and dying from a pulmonary embolism or blood clot in the lung. Television viewing was used as a measure of inactivity. This study found that people who watched TV for 5 or […]

Cheap Groceries Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Disease

It’s no surprise to hear subsidized foods like corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, sorghum, dairy and livestock can be found in your local grocery store, favorite vending machine or fast food joint around the corner. These ‘cheap foods’ taste good and priced right. However, your chances of heart disease increases the more cheap food you eat. […]

Heart Disease Remains Leading Cause of Death for Americans

CDC statistics continue to point at heart disease as the number one killer of Americans, with cancer coming in second. Other causes of mortality ranked as serious by the Center included chronic lower respiratory diseases, car accidents, drug overdoses, and stroke. This is no surprise to cardiologists, as heart disease has remained in the top […]

What is Blood Pressure?

The doctor is watching Ms. Lin’s blood pressure. She wants to understand what blood pressure is and why it’s so important. Let’s explain: The heart is a pump that provides the force needed to move blood around your entire body and return it back to the heart. Blood moves around your body through a series […]

Signs of Coronary Artery Disease and Tips for Protecting Your Heart

Mr. Stone was recently diagnosed with coronary artery disease. He wants to know more. Let’s explain: Coronary arteries are the arteries that supply the heart with oxygen and nutrients. They can accumulate plaque and become narrow, just like other arteries in your body. However, if blood flow through the coronary arteries is limited, the heart […]

How Does the Heart Work

Ms. Smith’s mother and father both have heart disease. She wants to know how the heart works and what she can do to maintain a healthy heart. The heart is a muscle that provides the force needed to move blood around your entire body and return back to the heart. The heart is the size […]

How to Decrease Risk of Heart Disease when Diagnosed with Diabetes 

Adults with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely to have heart disease. Diabetes is the inability of the body’s cells to take up glucose from the bloodstream. If cells cannot take up glucose, the level of glucose in the blood rises. Cells use glucose for energy and are stimulated to take up glucose […]

Life After Heart Disease Diagnosis: What is a Heart Team?

Ms. Linhed was just given a heart disease diagnosis. Her cardiologist told her a heart team would treat her, but she’s confused because she has never heard of a heart team. She has a lot of questions such as: What is a heart team? Who are the members of the heart team? What is the […]