Getting well, staying well
No matter how lucky or careful a person is, it is practically impossible to spend all one’s days without illness. When confronted with a life-changing health condition, there are many important ways one can take charge and manage it effectively. In this series, we take a close look at the things you should know in order to be the best custodian of your own wellness.
How to Prevent Heart Disease With Preventive Cardiology
Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, accounts for the highest cause of death in the United States for both men and women. Annually, about one in three Americans die of heart disease, according to the American Heart Association. Luckily, it's possible to prevent heart disease by decreasing exposure to risk factors. One way to manage your risk factors is to undergo preventive cardiology treatment, which helps detect signs and symptoms early.
Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Disease: The Good, the Bad, and the Modifiable Risk Factors
Do you know your cholesterol level? If you answered no, you're not alone. But it might be time to talk to your doctor and get your levels checked. An estimated 73.5 million adults in the United States have high cholesterol, which substantially raises their risk for heart disease -- the number one cause of death in the country. Despite this link between high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, many people don't know what their levels are or how they can lower them. Less than half of people with high cholesterol get the recommended treatment to reduce their risk of heart disease.
Is Butter Bad for Your Heart?
If you're watching your heart health, you probably can't remember the last time you enjoyed a little butter on your bread without feeling guilty. Now, butter seems to be making a comeback in the debate on how diet affects cardiovascular health, and many of us are wondering, "Is butter bad for your heart or is the occasional pat OK?" Here's what you need to know.
Heart Attack vs. Cardiac Arrest: What Caregivers Need to Know
Did you know that heart attacks and cardiac arrest are two different things? Knowing the causes and recognizing the signs of a heart attack vs. cardiac arrest can make a life-saving difference.
What Is Congestive Heart Failure? Knowing the Symptoms Can Improve a Life
You thought the symptoms your loved one was exhibiting were simply signs of aging. Fatigue. Change in heart rate. Persistent coughing or wheezing. Occasional muddy thinking. Swelling in the ankles or legs. Age may have something to do with it, but these symptoms could be related to heart health. What is congestive heart failure and how can you accurately recognize its symptoms? Since many of the signs aren't obvious, it's important to talk about how your loved one is feeling or what you're seeing.