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Many with high blood pressure aren't worried. Should they be?

High blood pressure is known as the “silent killer” because there are no obvious warning signs. That might explain why nearly half of people diagnosed with it aren’t worried about having a heart attack or stroke.

Experts urge expansion of home-based cardiac rehabilitation

Home-based cardiac rehabilitation could help many patients recover from heart attacks, surgery or other serious problems, but not enough people get it, a new report says.

Dangerous blood clots may be the latest risk from 'bad' cholesterol

LDL cholesterol — the so-called “bad” cholesterol — is known to narrow arteries, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. It’s also now suspected of contributing to venous thromboembolism, new research suggests.

Diabetes and heart failure are linked; treatment should be too

Having Type 2 diabetes or heart failure independently increases the risk for getting the other, and both often occur together, further worsening a patient’s health, quality of life and care costs, a new report says.

Dramatic rise of e-cigarettes and new tobacco products poses major public health concern

A new generation of tobacco products threatens to addict a new generation of users to nicotine, a report warns.

Even ‘mild’ congenital heart disease poses risk later in life

A new study shows people with mild heart defects have an increased risk of cardiovascular problems later in life.

Living in a green, leafy neighborhood could cut heart attack risk

Spending your golden years in a place with lots of trees and other greenery can be visually pleasing – and it also might be good for your heart, according to a new study.

Irregular sleep could negatively impact heart health

Night-to-night changes in when people get to sleep and how long they sleep could impact cardiovascular risk, according to a new study.

Bad tooth-brushing habits tied to higher heart risk

Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes may lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases, a study suggests.

Wait times for a donor heart may vary by race

Preliminary research suggests African-American patients may experience longer wait times than other racial and ethnic groups.

Cholesterol should be on everyone’s radar, beginning early in life

Exposure to high cholesterol over a lifetime can increase the risk for heart attack or stroke. Scientific guidelines say managing this waxy, fat-like substance in the blood should be a concern for all ages.

It takes more than a bribe to get people to exercise

Getting people to exercise isn’t as easy as dangling money in front of them like a carrot in front of a hungry horse. It turns out, it’s better to show them the money and then threaten to take it away.
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Tips for Choosing a Blood Pressure Monitor

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.”

The Ups & Downs of Blood Pressure

Perhaps you have noticed, your blood pressure fluctuates, sometimes by quite a bit, and considering the many warning we have all heart about high blood pressure, those variations may be worrisome. So, are we right to be worried?

The Anxiety of Survival: Living in the Wake of a Pulmonary Embolism

Ellie Brady was the picture of health, a wife and mother training for a half marathon. On a nine-mile training run she got out of breath. As the week progressed so did her symptoms — back pain, chest pain, uncontrollable chills — until she could no longer ignore them.

Lower Blood Pressure & Cholesterol According to the Latest AHA Guideline

Although none of us can change non-modifiable risk factors such as age, gender and family history, we can embrace the modifiable changes we can make.

After a Heart Attack: What Happens Now? (Part One)

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.
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Dealing with Feelings

PAD is a chronic condition without a cure, just the kind of disease guaranteed to create a lot of emotions. In Part 3 of three-part series, we talked with psychotherapist Barry Jacobs about the emotions of living with PAD.

The Advanced Stages of PAD

In this second part of a three-part series on PAD, we explore risk factors, symptoms and treatments for advanced peripheral artery disease.

Hidden Dangers of Undiagnosed Diabetes

Adults with diabetes are two to four rimes more likely to die from heart disease than adults without diabetes – but there are 7.6 million adults in the U.S. with undiagnosed diabetes. And as it goes undiagnosed, it’s doing damage to the body.

Strong Survivor

Around 2008, a visit to a cardiologist produced a wait-and-see diagnosis. The doctor didn’t say anything more about it, and Susan didn’t ask. She had no idea that a murmur was connected to valve disease.

The Early Stages of Peripheral Artery Disease

PAD is a progressive disease that can limit circulation to the limbs, organs and brain. Left untreated, serious consequences like infections – even the need for amputation – may result. Early diagnosis can make a big difference.

Understanding Cholesterol-lowering Drugs

Keeping cholesterol under control is essential to our health. Doing so may mean taking prescribed medication. We’ve got the scoop on the various treatments and how they work to lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease and stroke.

The Ups & Downs of Blood Pressure

Perhaps you have noticed, your blood pressure fluctuates, sometimes by quite a bit, and considering the many warning we have all heart about high blood pressure, those variations may be worrisome. So, are we right to be worried?

Educate, Advocate & Change Your Ways: Living with PAD

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms and head — most commonly in the arteries of the legs. Survivor Elizabeth Beard shares the wisdom of her experience with PAD.

The Anxiety of Survival: Living in the Wake of a Pulmonary Embolism

Ellie Brady was the picture of health, a wife and mother training for a half marathon. On a nine-mile training run she got out of breath. As the week progressed so did her symptoms — back pain, chest pain, uncontrollable chills — until she could no longer ignore them.

Under Pressure: Understanding Pulmonary Hypertension

Just like those throughout the rest of your body, the blood vessels in the lungs are susceptible to hypertension. Blood pressure in the lungs is a different measurement than blood pressure throughout the rest of the body.
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