5 Ways to Manage Blood Pressure Without Medicine
High blood pressure is common but dangerous—it increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. The good news is that there are lifestyle changes you can make to keep your blood pressure under control.
A Hop, Skip, and a Jump: Do You Have an Irregular Heartbeat?
From time to time, your heart may flutter when you’re excited, nervous, or exercising hard. And if your heart’s offbeat beat—also called an arrhythmia—goes away as quickly as it came about, it might seem like no cause for concern. But the whole picture is a little more complicated. It’s a good idea to know when that fleeting flutter may be putting your health at risk.
What to Do About Low HDL Cholesterol
If your healthcare provider says that your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol level is too low, take heart. There are steps you can take to improve this “good” cholesterol—and boost your cardiovascular health. Here’s some information you can use to begin discussing a plan with your provider.
When It Comes to Heart Attacks, Gender Is an Issue
All may be fair in love and war, but the same can’t be said for matters of the heart. A heart attack—when blood doesn’t reach part of the heart muscle—is a medical emergency, but its symptoms vary from person to person.
7 Steps to Better Blood Pressure Control
For people with uncontrolled high blood pressure, the artery walls are constantly being damaged by the force of the blood rushing through them. Over time, the damage increases the risk for heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease.
Statins Do More Than Just Lower High Cholesterol
About 40 million people in the U.S. take a statin drug. Statins are typically used to lower high cholesterol in the blood. But they have other important benefits, too. In fact, they may be prescribed for people with diabetes even when their cholesterol level is normal.
Feel Dizzy When You Stand? Here’s Why to Tell Your Doctor
Do you feel dizzy when you stand? Even faint or fall down? These are all signs of a condition called orthostatic hypotension, which doctors have long linked to heart problems. Now, a new study suggests it might have consequences for the mind, too.
Have a Heart-to-Heart with Your Doctor About Marijuana
Even though marijuana is now legal in some states, you may be hesitant to tell your healthcare provider if you use it. But here’s a reason why you should: Marijuana may not be safe for everyone. In fact, the American Heart Association is concerned that using it regularly may have a negative effect on your heart.