False Facts About Heart Disease in Women

heart diseaseHeart disease is something that doctors are still trying to fully figure out. They do know of some causes and how to help prevent it, but there is still so much to learn. Like most diseases there are some false facts about it that people believe. Here are 5 false facts of heart disease in women.

  1. Women don’t get heart disease
  2. If your HDL (good cholesterol) numbers are high, you don’t have to worry about your LDL (bad cholesterol) numbers
  3. Alcohol prevents heart disease
  4. Warning signs for a heart attack are the same for men and women
  5. Taking regular walks isn’t enough exercise to improve your health

Click here to read the full article by Nieca Goldberg M.D., on Psychology Today.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest May Have Warning Signs

cardiac arrestSudden cardiac arrest is known to happen without any warning. This condition is also known to take 300,000 American lives each year. Sudden cardiac arrest is when someone’s heart stops beating unexpectedly. Since the condition happens unexpectedly, most people think that they are no warning signs of when sudden cardiac arrest may happen. A new study by the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests differently.

Dr. Sumeet Chugh said their research showed that many patients experience warning symptoms days or weeks before the sudden cardiac arrest occurred. Some of the symptoms that patients experienced included: intermittent chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, or ongoing flu-like symptoms. They also found that even though these patients had symptoms, 80 percent of them ignored them. Sudden cardiac arrest is fatal 90 percent of the time. Chuch said, those who responded to the symptoms usually had a better outcome than those who didn’t.

 

Click here to read the full article by Mary Brophy Marcus on CBS News.

10 Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

heart healthYour heart is one of the most important organs in your body. Your body relies on your heart for proper blood flow. Because your body depends on your heart, it is important to keep it healthy. Heart disease is becoming more common, because people don’t know of the proper ways to care for their heart. Here are 10 ways to keep your heart healthy:

1. Eat a low-fat diet

2. Add more fiber

3. Cut cholesterol intake

4. Eat fish

5. Lose weight

6. Exercise often

7. Drink moderately

8. Quit smoking

9. Avoid stress

10. Get checkups

Click here to read more about how you can take care of your heart.

Your Heart and Cholesterol

Your Heart and Cholesterol | A&P Urgent Care

Cholestrol has recieves a bad reputation in the last few years with Heart Disease on the rise, but there is also good cholestrol in your body. There are two types of Cholestrol, Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL)  and High density Lipoprotieins (HDL). LDLs are the bad kind which clog up your arteries and slow blood flow. HDLs  are the good kind of cholosterol and they break down build up og LDLs and carry them to your Liver to be disposed of. There are a few lifestyle changes that can control to keep your cholestrerol levels healthy.

  1. Limit Triglycerides
  2. Stop Smoking
  3. Lower Blood Pressure
  4. Slimmer Waist Size
  5. Increase Physical Activity
  6. Diabetes

Factors that you can not control are:

  1. Men have a greater chance for heart attacks when they are young and women are after menopause
  2. Greater risj over 65
  3. African-Americans, Native Americans, and Mexican Americans as well as some Asian Americans have greater risk than Causcasians.
  4. If your grandparents had heart disease you are a t a greater risk.

Though you can not change any of the above factors you can make the lifestly changes necessary to limit your risk of getting heart disease.

Click here to read the full article by Tony Rehagen on WebMD.