When you hear the term “heart failure” you may think that the heart is going to stop at any moment. Heart failure actually means that your heart isn’t pumping blood either because it isn’t properly filling with blood and/or it doesn’t have enough force to pump blood out of the heart entirely. Unlike a heart attack, heart failure doesn’t come on suddenly. It’s the result of a long period of time when the heart gradually weakens. It […]Read more
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We typically think of heart disease as an adult problem, but there are children who suffer from heart disease as well. Most of the time this has little to do with lifestyle and more to do with congenital defects. These are heart problems that the child is born with. There are also acquired heart diseases that a child contracts after birth. Examples of congenital defects include defects in the heart valves, heart murmurs, and atrial septal defects […]Read more
People are often concerned about heart disease, but many people are unaware of the actual causes of heart disease. There are several major reasons why someone would develop a heart condition. Heart disease is the number one killer of people, so it’s important to know the facts about it. Genetics play a main role in the development of heart disease. It’s an unfair fact of life that some people eat what they want, smoke, and even avoid […]Read more
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- Causes and treatments for a burning chestThere are many causes of a burning feeling in the chest, including heartburn, injuries, panic attacks, and heart problems. Learn more about the causes and treatments here.
- Is dairy good or bad for your health?Expert opinions are divided as to whether dairy is good or bad for a person’s health. Many dairy products contain vital nutrients, but consuming too much could lead to health risks. Learn more here.
- Differences in gut bacteria may predispose to heart attacksA small study has found that people with acute coronary syndrome have distinct populations of gut bacteria, suggesting these may influence heart attacks.
- Heart attack risk higher in those who sleep too little or too muchA new study of nearly half a million people over 7 years found that those who slept 6–9 hours per night had the lowest risk of a first heart attack.
- Exercise may help people with cardiovascular disease the mostResearchers uncover evidence suggesting that people with cardiovascular disease reap even greater benefits from exercise than healthy individuals.