Author Archives: Sharon

Talking to Your Doctor About Heart Disease

One of the most important things you can do to take care of your health is to learn to speak with your healthcare provider about your concerns.  Many people go to the doctor and become intimidated by the person who’s examining them.  Instead of asking the right questions, some patients simply hope that the doctor explains what they need to know. In today’s world of HMOs, doctors have more patients than ever and less time to spend […]

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How Heart Disease and Stroke Are Related

We often hear heart disease and stroke mentioned in the same sentence.  However, it’s not always clear how these two conditions are related.  It may help to understand exactly what a stroke is to understand the relationship.  A stroke is often referred to as a brain attack because it is just as severe and life threatening as a heart attack. This is most often caused by blockage of a blood vessel in the brain that causes blood […]

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Heart Failure Facts

When you hear the term “heart failure” you may think that the heart is going to stop at any moment.  Heart failure actually means that your heart isn’t pumping blood either because it isn’t properly filling with blood and/or it doesn’t have enough force to pump blood out of the heart entirely.  Unlike a heart attack, heart failure doesn’t come on suddenly.  It’s the result of a long period of time when the heart gradually weakens.  It […]

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Heart Disease In Children

We typically think of heart disease as an adult problem, but there are children who suffer from heart disease as well.  Most of the time this has little to do with lifestyle and more to do with congenital defects.  These are heart problems that the child is born with.  There are also acquired heart diseases that a child contracts after birth.  Examples of congenital defects include defects in the heart valves, heart murmurs, and atrial septal defects […]

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Exercise and Your Heart

You’ve probably heard that it’s important to exercise to keep your heart healthy.  But you may not know how it actually does this important job.  Sometimes knowing the actual mechanism that helps your heart will help motivate you to make the changes you need for a healthier heart. Directly, exercise actually helps your heart to stay in shape.  It increases the amount of blood it can pump with a single beat.  It also helps to physically strengthen […]

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Common Causes of Heart Disease

People are often concerned about heart disease, but many people are unaware of the actual causes of heart disease.  There are several major reasons why someone would develop a heart condition.  Heart disease is the number one killer of people, so it’s important to know the facts about it.  Genetics play a main role in the development of heart disease.  It’s an unfair fact of life that some people eat what they want, smoke, and even avoid […]

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Understanding Cholesterol Medications

High cholesterol is a growing concern for many people.  You or someone you know may have been diagnosed with high cholesterol and prescribed medication to treat it.  And while these medications can be lifesaving, it’s important to understand how they work and what side effects you may encounter.  Most of the time, your physician will ask you to make lifestyle changes before prescribing a medication.  For many people a change in diet or exercise program will automatically […]

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Reducing Your Cholesterol

You’ve just gotten your blood work in the mail and it turns out your cholesterol is over 200.  Before you head to the pharmacy to pick up a cholesterol lowering medication, you should talk with your doctor about trying to reduce your cholesterol through lifestyle changes. One of the first things you can do is increase the fiber in your diet.  Fiber comes from plants and helps to reduce the cholesterol in your blood.  You can increase […]

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Managing Your Blood Pressure

One of the most important numbers you can know about your heart is your blood pressure.  This is the amount of force that your blood exerts on the walls of your blood vessels.  When your blood pressure is high over a long period of time, it can put you at risk for heart disease. If you’re been diagnosed with high blood pressure – or you have a family history of high blood pressure – it’s important that […]

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Cholesterol 101

Cholesterol is something that people have learned to fear.  We spend a lot of time eating foods that don’t have much of it and we get our blood tested for it, but what is this strangesubstance that’s responsible for damaging our hearts?  Cholesterol is material that’s waxy and fatty.  It’s found in the blood and in all of the cells of the body.  In fact, cholesterol can be a good thing – you’re supposed to have some. […]

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