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Heart Disease

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  • Small changes, big impact for blood pressure

    Small changes, big impact for blood pressure
    What is blood pressure? Blood circulating through the body moves with a certain force - that's your blood pressure. This force can be affected by how strongly the heart is pumping and by the size of the vessels the blood is moving through. Blood moves...
  • Travel Well: Take Time Off in 2010

    Travel Well: Take Time Off in 2010
    While Americans may roll their eyes at the nearly month-long "holidays" common to Europeans, the facts are that vacations offer vital benefits. Half the workers in the United States don't take the annual 12 days they've earned and nearly 40 percent...
  • Watching TV Shortens Life Span

    Watching TV Shortens Life Span
    Watching television for hour upon hour obviously isn't the best way to spend leisure time - inactivity has been linked to obesity and heart disease. But a new study quantifies TV viewing's effect on risk of death. Researchers found that each hour a day...
  • In Demand: Cardiologists

    In Demand: Cardiologists
    To say that cardiologists know a thing or two about the heart is a little like saying a Bill Gates knows a bit about computers. They are the heart people! What They Do Cardiologists are doctors who specialize in preventing, diagnosing and treating...
  • Woman Cardiologist Gets to Heart of the Matter

    Woman Cardiologist Gets to Heart of the Matter
    Dr. Kathy Magliato, director of women's cardiac services at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., is a rare female in the largely male world of heart surgery. Her just-published book, "Healing Hearts: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon" ($24;...
  • Blood pressure: the DASH diet

    Blood pressure: the DASH diet
    DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, an eight-week clinical trial, reported in 1997, that tested the effects of three diets on 459 adults. Among the group, 133 had high blood pressure for which they were not being treated with a drug....
  • Blood pressure: salt

    Blood pressure: salt
    Everybody needs salt, but health experts generally agree that most Americans get too much of it. Excess salt can lead to excess fluid retention in the blood. This makes the circulatory system "fuller" and the pressure inside it greater. Salt can also make...
  • Lifestyle change can affect blood pressure, but it's not the whole story

    Lifestyle change can affect blood pressure, but it's not the whole story
    So how much good will it do if you get more exercise, consume less salt, ramp up on potassium, eat the DASH way, give up smoking, take up meditation? Does it all add up to some impressive total that will knock your doctor's socks off the next check-up...
  • Blood pressure drugs need to match the situation

    Blood pressure drugs need to match the situation
    For some people, lifestyle measures are enough to keep blood pressure under control. But they're not enough for everyone. For one thing, "many patients are not willing to change their lifestyle," says Dr. Peter Rudd, professor of medicine emeritus at the...
  • Kicking the Habit the Hard Way

    Kicking the Habit the Hard Way
    You've been having chest pain, you go to see your doctor, and are told that although you have blocked arteries in your heart, they can be fixed with heart surgery. Your doctor also tells you that your smoking has contributed to the problem and that you...
  • Track Your Goals Bead By Pretty Bead

    Track Your Goals Bead By Pretty Bead
    If you have a fitness or health goal, you are likely counting something - reps, whole-grain servings, glasses of water, workout sessions per week, calories. That's the epiphany that came to Oakland University graduate Chelsea Charles Gossett seven...