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Your Stressed Out Heart

All of us experience stress—such as before a test, when we are late or working under a deadline, or in traffic. Stress is a way for your body to adapt to changes in the environment. Although some stress is considered usual, research shows that prolonged stress or chronic stress can negatively impact your heart. How […]

Liver Disease and Heart Disease: It’s A Two-Way Street

Nonalchoholic fatty liver disease is a risk factor for the development of heart disease, and vice versa. This is the conclusion of a study published in the Journal of Hepatology that investigated the link between nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and heart disease. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a chronic liver disease that occurs in people […]

How Alzheimer’s Disease Affects the Heart

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, characterized by difficulty with memory, thinking, and behavior that gets progressively worse over time. Researchers have discovered that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a build-up of amyloid beta proteins in the spaces between brain cells. Although the brain is where symptoms of the disease are first […]

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 […]

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 […]

Know the Signs of Stroke and How to Protect Your Heart

Ms. Hernandez was nervous and stressed because she had an important presentation at work. In the middle of her presentation she stopped talking, stared at her coworkers, lost her balance, and the right side of her face drooped. One of her coworkers recognized the symptoms of stroke and called 911. An ambulance came and took […]

How Important Are Heart Valves?

Mr. Blum, a 78-year-old man with a history of heart disease couldn’t walk very far without feeling short of breath. He scheduled an appointment with his cardiologist. His cardiologist checked his heart function, in particular his aortic valve, which had been replaced before. The cardiologist thought Mr. Blum might be having symptoms indicating his heart […]

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 […]

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 […]