When a stroke strikes

Updated stroke treatment guidelines suggest that more people who experience strokes caused by a clot in a large blood vessel may qualify for a clot-retrieving procedure. The change may prevent or limit brain damage from these devastating events. However, people must meet strict criteria to receive the clot-retrieval therapy, and there is a shortage of specialists trained to perform the procedure. (Locked) More »

Drink your fruits and vegetables?

People who struggle to eat the recommended amount of vegetables and fruits each day can drink low-sodium vegetable juice, although a fresh raw salad is a better choice. Fruit juices, which are high in sugar and calories, should be limited to a half-cup daily. Blended smoothies that combine fruits, vegetables, and other healthful foods (such as yogurt, nut butters, and chia or flax seeds) are another option. (Locked) More »

Understanding COPD from a cardiovascular perspective

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) includes damage to the air sacs of the lungs (emphysema) and inflammation in the lung’s airways (bronchitis). Some of the symptoms of COPD, such as trouble breathing, fatigue, and chest tightness during physical activity, may be mistakenly attributed to heart disease. Smoking increases the risk of both heart disease and COPD. Current or former smokers should consider getting tested for COPD with a simple lung function test known as spirometry. More »

Overcoming your barriers to exercise

Only about half of adults in the United States meet the recommended physical activity guidelines. Lack of time and joint pain or other health issues are common excuses. Piggybacking activities onto daily habits, such as standing or walking while on the phone and walking to do errands can help. People with health problems that limit mobility can do non-weight-bearing exercises, such as swimming or water aerobics. (Locked) More »

What is long QT syndrome?

Long QT syndrome is a rare disorder of the heart’s electrical system that can be caused by a genetic abnormality or certain medications. It may trigger a fast, erratic heartbeat that can lead to breathlessness, fainting, and sometimes, sudden death. (Locked) More »

Treatments for breast cancer may harm the heart

Women treated for breast cancer may face a heightened risk of heart disease from the effects of chemotherapy and radiation. But physicians known as cardio-oncologists can offer strategies to both prevent and treat heart damage from cancer therapy. These include echocardiograms before and after treatment to monitor any possible abnormalities, as well as changes to medications such as statins and blood pressure drugs. Physical activity may also decrease the risk of heart injuries related to breast cancer treatment. (Locked) More »

Vegetable of the month: Red cabbage

Red cabbage, which is high in vitamin C but low in calories, gets its brilliant color from anthocyanins. These plant chemicals are associated with a lower risk of heart disease. More »