Hyperkalemia is too much of a good thing: potassium. When it occurs it can interfere with the electric signals produced in the middle muscle tissue of the heart, possibly leading to different types of heart rhythm problems.
People typically have a spectrum of emotions after a heart attack. Common feelings include fear, anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness - but also hope for the future as well as relief at having another chance.
In the 50s, after a heart attack a patient was likely to have their doctor prescribe 12 weeks of bedrest. Today’s patients may not even get 12 hours before they’re out of bed. Part two of our four-part After A Heart Attack series focuses on cardiac rehabilitation.
Even if you have it, you may have never have felt the quivering atria at the heart of atrial fibrillation (AFib). When the heart’s upper chambers (atria) quiver irregularly instead of beating strongly and consistently, it can lead to trouble in the form of blood clots, stroke, heart failure or other heart-related complications.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, accounting for up to 95 percent of diagnosed cases in adults. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the most common cause of death among adults with diabetes.
If you don’t know the answer, you’re not alone. Many survivors feel scared, confused and overwhelmed after a heart attack. Read the first in our four-part After A Heart Attack series to help guide your steps and connect with resources to support your recovery.
Blood clots. That’s a good thing when you cut yourself, but blood can also clot inside the blood vessels, and that can cause serious, sometimes devastating, health problems.
When heart failure progresses to an advanced stage, there are many decisions to be made. In this final installment of our four-part series, we delve into the importance of shared decision making.
Heart problems come early and often for people with familial hypercholesterolemia. Early diagnosis and treatment make a big difference.
Many people have high blood pressure (HBP) for years without knowing it. Generally, there are no symptoms, but when HBP goes untreated, it damages arteries and vital organs throughout your body. That’s why it is often called the “silent killer.”
Heart failure patients are often hospitalized. This third installment in our series on heart failure looks at managing self-care to minimize just how often re-hospitalizations happen.