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Heart Health – Panic Attacks vs. Heart Attacks

Panic Attacks and Heart Attacks Have Similar Symptoms Heart attacks and panic attacks have similar symptoms, making a diagnosis difficult for a medical professional examining and testing a patient in an emergency room. Because physicians are accustomed to seeing males over age 50 having heart attacks, the automatic assumption for females and younger individuals is… Continue reading →

Avoid These 5 Bad Habits for Your Heart

Caring for your heart is extremely important if you want to live a long, healthy and happy life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Take control of your health by avoiding these five bad habits for… Continue reading →

Teen Health and Technology: Most Seek Help Online

Unsurprisingly enough in the age of the Internet, a recent survey found that more than 80 percent of U.S. adolescents regularly turn to online sources for basic health information. Upward of a third of these teenagers subsequently change their health behaviors for the better. The survey, conducted by Northwestern University researchers, drew upon data from… Continue reading →

Depression in Heart Failure Patients Leads to 5 Times Higher Risk of Death

Heart failure is a serious medical condition that affects approximately 600,000 people in the United States each year and is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Heart failure means that blood is not being pumped effectively throughout the body; it does not necessarily mean that a heart attack has occurred. It… Continue reading →

Heart Attack Severity Dependent On Time Of Day?

A 2011 study published in the academic journal “Circulation Research” found a strong link between the severity of a heart attack and the time of its occurrence. A detailed analysis of more than 1,000 heart-attack sufferers showed a peak in damage caused by heart attacks that occur between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., with 82… Continue reading →

Blood Clots – Recognize the Symptoms

There are many complex mechanisms in our bodies. One of them is the body’s ability to form blood clots. Although in many cases beneficial, blood clots can also create an array of serious health issues. Blood is in constant motion as the heart pumps it to all different organs and cells of the human system.… Continue reading →

Do You Feel the Squeeze at Your Job? So Might Your Heart!

If you take your job home with you, you could be putting your health at risk. Many people work in places that are stressful or just plain inhospitable. Your boss might be too demanding, your co-workers might be overbearing backstabbers or you might be in the wrong line of work. It's obvious that workplace stress… Continue reading →

Can Yoga Decrease Your Heart Disease Risk?

Yoga is an Appropriate Exercise for Everyone Many individuals are concerned about developing heart disease while aging, making it impossible to live life to its fullest. While exercise is an important way to reduce the risks of having cardiac conditions, intense sports are often too difficult for individuals with mobility issues such as stiff joints… Continue reading →

Is It GERD or a Heart Attack? Know the Difference!

Normally, digestive acid in your stomach is kept from moving up into your esophagus by the lower esophageal sphincter. This ring of muscle functions as a valve, which opens only as you swallow. But sometimes the valve relaxes or weakens, allowing stomach acid to flow up (reflux) into your esophagus. Pressure on the sphincter muscle… Continue reading →

20 Foods That Are Good For Your Heart

Heart disease is a major problem in the United States that claims the lives of hundreds of thousands of people each year. While regular checkups with a doctor are important to maintain good heart health, lifestyle changes like quitting smoking and exercising more can also help to reduce the risk of heart disease and other… Continue reading →