Category Archives: Medical

Become Heart Healthy with the AHA’s Family Health Challenge

Become Heart Healthy with the AHA’s Family Health Challenge

September is here, which means children are heading back to school and many families are looking at jam-packed schedules in the months ahead. With so much going on in their lives, it can be hard for even highly motivated families to make healthy choices, especially given concerns that a healthy lifestyle could be costly or… Read More…

New Initiative Aims to Help Children Build Healthy Habits Early in Life

New Initiative Aims to Help Children Build Healthy Habits Early in Life

Children’s health experts across the country are celebrating the recent launch of a new early childhood wellness initiative from the American Heart Association. The initiative, which is also supported by Nemours Children’s Health System and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, aims to engage and involve parents and caregivers in the process of helping children… Read More…

Few Heart Attack Patients Attend Cardiac Rehab, Study Finds

Few Heart Attack Patients Attend Cardiac Rehab, Study Finds

New research showing that only a small number of people recovering from a heart attack ever attend a cardiac rehabilitation program has health professionals pondering strategies to boost attendance. According to a study led by Dr. Jacob Doll of the Duke Clinical Research Institute and recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine, patient participation in cardiac… Read More…

What Is an Arrhythmia?

What Is an Arrhythmia?

As the phrase suggests, an “arrhythmia” is any kind of abnormal heart rhythm. But what exactly does that mean? And what are the implications for your health? In order to better understand what an arrhythmia is, remember that your heart is a pump. The heart, which is composed of four chambers and four valves, pumps… Read More…

Understanding Your Cholesterol Levels

Understanding Your Cholesterol Levels

If you’re over the age of 20, the American Heart Association recommends that you get your cholesterol checked every four to six years. High blood cholesterol levels could put you at risk for heart disease. However, making sense of your cholesterol test results can sometimes be confusing. Here’s how a typical cholesterol test report breaks… Read More…

Five Great Foods for Your Heart

Five Great Foods for Your Heart

Through a smart and consistent diet, it’s possible to significantly boost your heart health and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. By incorporating the following five foods into your daily meals and snacks, you will be on the way to a healthy heart. Salmon An excellent source of lean protein, salmon is a great heart-friendly… Read More…

Preventable Factors Still Account For Half of US Heart Disease Deaths

Preventable Factors Still Account For Half of US Heart Disease Deaths

It’s a frightening phrase that still rings true even after decades of medical progress and improvements in clinical intervention: in the United States, heart disease remains the number-one killer of both women and men. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 610,000 heart disease-related deaths occur in the US every year. That’s… Read More…