How Heart Disease Differs in Women

Gender can play a role in risk factors, symptoms.

Heart disease does not discriminate. It is the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women, claiming more than 600,000 lives each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But there are gender differences that women need to be aware of.

During a heart attack, “time is muscle,” says Richard Krasuski, MD, a cardiologist in Cleveland, Ohio. “The quicker you get treated, the more heart you can salvage.” Being able to spot the first sign of an attack is critical, but that sign may not be one you typically think of.

Read more

Bigger Hearts Don’t Necessarily Signal A Bigger Problem

Aug 10, 2016 | Sarah Sipek

The average American will never have Olympic-level athletic ability—but they could have an Olympian-sized heart.

“Athlete’s heart” is a documented phenomenon in which the hearts of endurance athletes become enlarged in response to high levels of exercise. Aware of the condition, physicians are careful not to misdiagnose athletes with heart disease, which is a potential cause of an enlarged heart.

Read more

Message for Heart Failure Patients: EXERCISE

THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Physical activity may help extend survival for patients with heart failure, a new review suggests.

“Patients with heart failure should not be scared of exercise damaging them or killing them,” said principal investigator Rod Taylor, director of the Exeter Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Exeter Medical School, in England.

“The message for heart failure patients is clear. Exercise is good for you, it will make you feel better, and it could potentially make you live longer,” Taylor said in a European Society of Cardiology news release.

Read more

One-Third Of Deaths In The U.S. Are Caused By Cardiovascular Disease

Photo by American Heart Association

By Stephen Feller   |   Dec. 16, 2015 at 2:42 PM

One-third of deaths in the United States are caused by cardiovascular disease. Among other risk factors that could use some improving, researchers reported that one-third of adults in the United States have no physical activity outside of work.  While progress has been made on the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, researchers said there is ample opportunity to improve.

Read more
Always ask your doctor what exactly your blood pressure results mean.

The Importance of the Simple Blood Pressure Test

What Your Blood Pressure Really Says About Your Heart

What Does the Systolic and Diastolic Blood Pressure Number Mean?

It can be easy to forget exactly what the numbers mean. Systolic (the first number) refers to the amount of pressure created when your heart contracts and pushes blood through the arteries. While Diastolic (the second number) refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries while your heart is at rest.

Read more