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Congenital heart defects linked to increased risk of dementia

Being born with a heart defect may raise the odds of later developing dementia, especially early-onset dementia, a new study finds.

Waist size predicts heart attacks better than BMI, especially in women

Women with bigger waists relative to their hips face a higher risk of heart attacks than men with a similar body shape, according to a new study.

Eating almonds and dark chocolate lowers bad cholesterol

Eating nearly one-third a cup of almonds a day — either alone or combined with almost one-quarter cup of dark chocolate and 2 1/3 tablespoons of cocoa a day — may reduce a risk factor for coronary heart disease, according to a recent study.

Study Suggests Botox may help prevent AFib after heart surgery

Best known for smoothing facial wrinkles, the neurotoxin Botox® could one day have a new use: stopping an abnormal heart rhythm that sometimes develops after heart surgery.

Popular e-cigarette liquid flavorings may change, damage heart muscle cells

Chemicals used to make some popular e-cigarette liquid flavorings — including cinnamon, clove, citrus and floral — may cause changes or damage to heart muscle cells, recent research indicates.

A new hope for heart failure comes from umbilical cords

The blood from a baby’s umbilical cord is teeming with stem cells — the “blank slate” cells with the ability to become a muscle cell, a brain cell or any other type of cell in the body.

Blood Pressure Variations May Raise Dementia Risk

In a study of older Japanese people, large variations in blood pressure readings during home monitoring were associated with a higher risk of all types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Tiny Structures in the Heart May Provide Clues to Heart Disease and Stroke

Tiny cells in your heart and blood vessels are constantly on the move, darting in and out of microscopic structures that look a little like scaffolding around buildings.

More Education May Mean a Longer, Healthier Life

Federal statistics show that, on average, 25-year-olds with a bachelor’s degree live about nine years longer than those who didn’t graduate from high school. College graduates are also healthier, with lower rates of obesity and smoking compared to high school dropouts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How Virtual Reality Is Changing Cardiovascular Care?

Now that virtual reality has become actual reality, it’s slowly but surely revolutionizing the treatment of heart disease and stroke.

Simple PAD Treatment to be Covered by Medicare

Medicare will now cover supervised exercise therapy for a vascular condition that affects about 8.5 million Americans, according to a decision issued in June by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Statins Lower Heart Attack, Stroke Risk in People at Average Risk

Millions more people worldwide may benefit from cholesterol-lowering statins after a global study showed the drugs help reduce heart attacks and strokes in people at moderate risk. The risk fell slightly further when patients also took blood pressure drugs.
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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?

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.

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.

Kids Need Recess

Everybody needs a break — kids as much as anybody. Recess time has been championed as a way to help combat the nation’s childhood obesity problem. In fact, research shows it helps them learn better in school.

You Gotta Believe

On a frigid morning in April 2016, he stood in the parking lot of the cardiac rehab center, looking at the front entrance about 100 feet away. It looked like an impossible distance.
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After a Heart Attack: Don't Wait for a Second (Part Four)

In this fourth and final installment of our After a Heart Attack series, we want to share five steps you can take to prevent a second.

Hyper-K: Not Good for Your Heart

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.

Feelings After a Heart Attack (Part three)

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.

Hearts Aquiver

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.

Up and At 'em! (Part Two)

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.

Helping People With Type 2 Diabetes Control CVD Risk

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.

Risk in the Veins

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.

Preparing for Advanced Heart Failure (Part Four)

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.

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.

Understanding Vascular Dementia

Vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) — also known as vascular dementia — affects thinking, memory, the ability to shift focus and more. There is no cure, but it may be that a heart-healthy lifestyle can help prevent it. From Stroke Connection magazine.
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Improving your health is as easy as minding seven simple health factors and behaviors. Tips and information to help you improve your health and enhance your quality of life.

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Everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life. These heart patients, their loved ones and others share their 'whys'. We'd love for you to share yours, too!

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Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. Here are simple, healthy and affordable recipes and cooking tips.