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What Do Heart Attacks Feel Like For Women?

  Men and women don’t experience the same heart attack symptoms. Because women’s symptoms are more subtle, being familiar with them could save a life. Quickly recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack can be the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, most people think that heart attack symptoms such as sudden pain in the chest, shortness of breath, and inability to walk and stand are the only heart attack symptoms.  In reality, these well-known symptoms usually only occur in men. Women’s heart attack symptoms tend to be much more subtle, and they’re far less known. Knowing what to watch out for can help you act quickly if a heart…

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Marathon Training May Be Able to Cut Years Off Your Cardiovascular Age

A recent study has found that training for a marathon can undo some of the cardiovascular effects of aging. As we age, time gradually takes its toll on the body. Many of us develop the need for reading glasses, our joints feel achier, and our memory maybe is not as sharp as it once was.  Aging also naturally affects the heart, causing what’s known as aortic stiffness, or a hardening of the arteries and blood vessels that can lead to higher blood pressure and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease — even for people who are otherwise in good health. Aortic stiffness has been linked to a number of health…

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Evening Eating May Cause Worsened Heart Health

It’s not just what you eat — it’s when. A new study suggests consuming meals late at night may harm our cardiovascular health. Is eating later in the evening dangerous to your heart? A new study concludes that when we consume most of our calories can be just as harmful to our cardiovascular health as what we eat. The report, presented at a recent American Heart Association conference, analyzed the eating patterns of 112 women who recorded what they ate and when for the first week of the study and one week 12 months after the study began. After reviewing the participants’ food diaries, researchers noted that women who took…

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Tips for a Heart Healthy Holiday

The holidays are a time for food, family, and fun — but don’t forget your heart health! Try these tips to have a heart-healthy holiday.The holidays are a time for food, family, and fun — but don’t forget your heart health! Try these tips to have a heart-healthy holiday. The holiday season is full of baking, gifting and, unfortunately, visits to the emergency room. Year after year, New York City ER doctors see a ten percent uptick in patients during the holidays. Why? All of the merriment that comes with Thanksgiving and Christmas brings light-hanging disasters, kitchen accidents, and eggnog-induced falls. Heart disease risk factors, in particular, skyrocket during the…

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Could Man’s Best Friend Improve Your Heart Health?

New studies reveal that adopting a dog can improve your heart health. Here’s what we know. For years, dogs have been man’s best friend. Our furry companions offer unconditional love, reduce our stress, and, according to two recently published studies, they might also have a positive impact on our heart health.   The studies from the Mayo Clinic and Circulation — published in August and October, respectively — reveal that dog owners live longer and fare better after a heart attack or stroke than do individuals who don’t own a canine friend or live with a spouse or children. In fact, some findings reveal that dog owners are 33 percent less…

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What Does Your Heart Rate Say About Your Health?

Your heart rate provides a window into your cardiovascular fitness.  Do you know your resting heart rate (RHR)? If you don’t, you should. This number, a tally of how many times your heart beats per minute, is a leading indicator of your cardiovascular health. RHR measures your pulse while you’re at rest. During the day, your heart rate adapts to your changing physical activity levels. While you exercise, for instance, your heart fuels your body with more oxygen. When you’re sitting still, you need less oxygen and your heart rate slows. Your RHR provides a rough picture of your heart health. If your RHR is higher than average, you may…

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Heart Problems in Young Athletes

Though it’s very rare, it’s not unheard of for young athletes to unexpectedly die of heart conditions. Here’s what to know and how to prevent this tragedy. It’s very rare for young athletes to die from unexpected heart complications — but in exceptional cases, it does happen. For parents of young athletes, these headline-making stories can be a source of alarm. But there’s hardly reason for panic if you’re knowledgeable about the symptoms that these unusual cardiac disorders might present, and how to properly spot the difference between normal athlete’s heart and a more serious condition.  Athlete’s heart — is it dangerous?  Parents of young athletes might have heard of…

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Understanding Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral vascular disease refers to narrowed arteries in the leg due to a build-up of fatty deposits. A potentially serious condition, PVD can be successfully treated with lifestyle changes. Peripheral vascular disease (PVD), also known as peripheral artery disease, refers to a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries outside of the heart or brain. According to the CDC, the condition affects about 8.5 million people in the U.S., between 12 and 20 percent of whom are over the age of 60.  Most often, PVD appears in the legs, where a narrowing of the arteries restricts blood flow to the limbs. As a result, patients with PVD feel pain in…

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How Can I Prevent Heart Disease?

Although heart disease is serious, it’s also very preventable if you’re willing to practice some healthy habits. Keeping our hearts strong is the key to a long, healthy life, and the dangers of failing to do so are very real. In 2015 and 2016 — the most recent years for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published mortality rates — heart disease accounted for 23% of all deaths, topping both cancer and accidents. Fortunately, heart disease, heart failure, heart attacks, and strokes are all preventable. In fact, it’s estimated that around 80% of cardiovascular ailments can be avoided by adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle and regularly monitoring important…

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How Do You Choose a Cardiologist?

Choosing a cardiologist isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. Here’s what to consider if you believe you need to see a heart health specialist. Whether you have a serious heart condition or are just looking to visit a cardiologist as a precautionary measure, it’s important that you find a cardiologist that’s a good fit for you. It can be nerve-wracking to talk about your heart health, and you want to know you’re in good hands. If you’re thinking about seeking out a heart care specialist, you’re already on the right track to taking good care of your cardiac health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 25…

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