Am I at Risk of Serious Heart Disease?

Am I at Risk of Serious Heart Disease? Heart attacks are a leading cause of death in the U.S. Fortunately, the top three risk factors are ones you can control. Each year, one in four Americans dies from a heart attack, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some risk factors for heart disease are outside of our control — it tends to run in families and certain ethnic groups, for instance, such as African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Native Americans. Its prevalence also increases with age, and heart attacks tend to affect more men than women. Yet several of the major causes of heart disease can…

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Does Heat Affect My Cardiovascular Disease?

Does Heat Affect My Cardiovascular Disease? Rising temperatures put patients with heart conditions at risk. Here’s how to stay safe this summer. There’s nothing quite like spending a sunny summer day outside with friends and family. But as we approach the summer season in Arizona, temperatures are about to spike. The Scottsdale area reached a scorching 108°F last June, and saw an even hotter July. While these extreme temperatures can cause anyone discomfort, they pose a real danger to individuals with heart conditions. When we’re in a hot environment, our hearts pump extra blood to the skin — up to four times more than normal — to activate our sweat…

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What Does a Mini Heart Attack Feel Like?

What Does a Mini Heart Attack Feel Like? According to Harvard Health, in approximately 50 percent of all myocardial infarctions (i.e., heart attacks), the sufferer believes the symptoms being experienced are caused by a less serious problem, which can increase the individual’s risk of dying from coronary heart disease (CHD), aka coronary artery disease (CAD). While there are several types of heart attacks, the mini heart attack or ‘silent’ heart attack, accounts for 45 percent of those suffered. A mini heart attack occurs when there is a temporary blockage in the coronary arteries. Just as with mini stroke symptoms, the symptoms experienced during a mini heart attack may be extremely…

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Can Sudden Cardiac Death be Prevented?

What Causes a Heart Attack? By knowing the symptoms associated with a heart attack and seeking emergency assistance right away, sudden cardiac death can be prevented. Since approximately 50 percent of the people who die of cardiac arrest do so within an hour of the onset of symptoms, seeking medical assistance immediately is the key to survival. Cardiac arrests are frequently the result of coronary artery disease (CAD), aka coronary heart disease (CHD). This event occurs when there is a sudden blockage in the blood flow to the heart. This blockage deprives the heart of oxygen. Without emergency treatment, the heart muscle is unable to pump and starts to die.…

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Can You Take a Bath After Sclerotherapy?

Can You Take a Bath After Sclerotherapy? An outpatient vein treatment frequently used to address varicose veins and spider veins is called sclerotherapy. During this procedure, a vein specialist uses a very fine needle to slowly inject a solution into the affected vein, causing it to close off. Once the affected vein collapses, the blood reroutes to healthier veins. As time passes, the body reabsorbs the treated vein. Directly following your sclerotherapy treatment, you should avoid hot baths, hot showers, hot tubs, hot compresses, whirlpools and saunas for at least a few days because the heat emitted during these activities causes the veins to dilate (enlarge). What to Expect as…

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How Do You Know if You Have a Heart Blockage?

How Do you Know if You Have a Heart Blockage? Arteries are the vessels responsible for carrying oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Healthy arteries are flexible and their inner walls are smooth, which allows blood to flow through them easily; however, when plaque builds up on arterial walls and their flexibility is reduced, blood flow is compromised. Once plaque accumulates, if a blockage occurs in one of the arteries carrying oxygen to the heart (i.e., a coronary artery), a heart attack may result. The only way to truly determine if you have a heart blockage is to visit an experienced cardiologist for an evaluation; however, there are some symptoms that…

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What Happens to Blood Pressure During a Heart Attack?

What Happens to Blood Pressure During a Heart Attack? Just as there are many different symptoms of a heart attack, heart attacks also affect the blood pressure in different ways. What many people want to know is this: what, if anything, happens to blood pressure during a heart attack? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t a one size fits all solution. For instance, different people experience different blood pressure responses as their body experiences the trauma of cardiac arrest, heart disease, or other cardiac problems that precipitate an attack. In some people, their blood pressure drops during a heart attack, and, for others, it increases. Let’s find out why. Blood Pressure Drops…

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Symptoms of a Weak Heart Caused by Heart Disease

Symptoms of a Weak Heart Caused by Heart Disease Cardiomyopathy is a form of heart disease consisting of four distinct types. Each type of cardiomyopathy weakens the heart and makes pumping blood throughout the body a challenge. Left untreated, cardiomyopathy could lead to an individual needing a surgically-implanted device or even a heart transplant; therefore, recognizing the symptoms and then seeking treatment is vital. What Does a Weak Heart Due to Heart Disease Feel Like? During the early stages of cardiomyopathy, an individual may not experience any signs or symptoms; however, as this disease progresses, symptoms usually become evident. Symptoms associated with a weakened heart include: Coughing while lying down…

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When Should I Go to the ER for Chest Pain?

When Should I Go to the ER for Chest Pain? Even though chest pain can arise due to some minor conditions, this symptom should never be disregarded as it could also indicate a life-threatening issue requiring immediate medical attention. Determining if a trip to the emergency room is warranted can be a complex one; however, if the wrong decision is made, permanent disability or even death may result. Learning more about the symptoms associated with a heart attack can help you decide if it is time to call 911. When Should I Go to the ER for Chest Pain? Numerous medical conditions can cause pain in the chest, some of…

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Can congestive heart failure kill you?

Can congestive heart failure kill you? Heart failure is a serious health condition that can become dire if left unchecked. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 5.7 million American adults have heart failure. Nearly half of those who are diagnosed with the condition die within five years. However, a congestive heart failure diagnosis does not have to be a death sentence. Understanding your illness can help you live longer and live better. What is congestive heart failure? Congestive heart failure does not mean that your heart stops beating. It is actually a chronic progressive medical condition that affects the heart’s ability to pump effectively. The heart muscles…

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