Understanding Your Heart
An image of a 3D printed heart, used in a structural heart disease procedure

What Is Structural Heart Disease?

The human heart is a marvel – a magnificent structure that functions to pump blood through our bodies, supplying oxygen and other nutrition to our tissues and removing carbon dioxide and other waste. Any time an abnormality or defect weakens the heart’s structure – its walls, valves and muscles – …

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Understanding Heart Risk

Can A Coronary Calcium Scan Save Your Life?

What if there was a way to predict your risk of a heart attack? Would you be more willing to make changes to your lifestyle if you had better insight on your current heart condition? Fortunately, if you have certain health issues that could put you at risk of a …

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Heart Health Advice

Daily Aspirin Therapy: The Benefits and Risks

It’s no secret that heart disease is the nation’s number one killer. Historically, doctors recommended aspirin to high-risk patients as a harmless way to keep heart disease at bay. And for good reason – studies have shown that aspirin can reduce inflammation, prevents blood clots and lowers the risk of …

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Body-Mind-Spirit
How laughter helps your heart health; laughing woman

How Laughter Benefits Your Heart Health

When’s the last time you had a good laugh? Not just a little giggle, but the kind of laugh that makes your abdomen hurt or even tears form in your eyes? Not only does laughter make you feel good, but it is proven to have positive effects on your mental …

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Heart Health
3 Experts Share Their Top Heart Health Advice

3 Experts Share Their Top Heart Health Advice

Your heart is responsible for many functions of your body. But if your ticker starts to have problems, the whole machine can fall apart. While there are many things you can educate yourself on related to heart health – including heart murmurs, heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrest – it …

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Heart Health
Managing a Heart Failure Diagnosis

Managing a Heart Failure Diagnosis

You might be surprised to know that heart failure doesn’t mean your heart just stops working. In fact, living with heart failure is a reality for over 5.7 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heart failure is a condition where your heart does not …

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Making Healthy Changes
How to Start a Heart Smart Diet

How to Get Started on a Heart Smart Diet

Who says a healthy diet should be boring or leave you feeling unsatisfied? If you think a eating healthy translates to a little more than ho-hum salad greens or bland food, you’ve got it all wrong. In fact, learning how to take the first steps to eating better might be …

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Understanding Your Body
Heart Murmur

Heart Murmurs: The Difference Between Innocent and Abnormal

Sometimes, literally listening to your body can make doctors aware of potentially fatal health conditions. Heart murmurs are sounds made by blood as it passes through openings in the heart, such as valves. Your doctor can hear these murmurs while listening to your heart during a physical exam. Murmurs are …

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Heart Health
Holiday Heart Issues

4 Reasons Why the Holidays Are Hard on Your Heart

The holidays are upon us! Between visiting with family and friends, holiday feasts, shoveling snow, and all those sales at the mall, make sure that you are taking time to keep your heart healthy. Why Are Heart Problems More Common During the Holidays? There are many factors that affect the …

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Lifesaving Health Screenings
How an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Could Save Your Life

This Aneurysm Screening Could Save Your Life

When people think of aneurysms, they often associate them with a horrible headache that can lead to certain sudden death. But if you are male, smoke or have a history of aneurysms in your family, you may be at risk of developing an abdominal aortic aneurysm. What are Abdominal Aortic …

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