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“Broken heart” risks

Written by Heart and Vascular Team on 11/25/2015 6:00:00 AM

The loss of a loved one brings with it overwhelming feelings of grief, anger and depression. Medically speaking, hearts don’t “break” from loss, but they can suffer damage from the intense emotions you experience.

A recent study of nearly 2,000 heart attack survivors found that attacks were far more likely to happen after the death of a loved one. About 14 percent of participants said they lost someone close to them within the previous six months. This research indicates that a heart attack is 21 times more likely to happen within 24 of a death than in the following one to six months. continue reading ...

Living with sleep apnea

Written by Community Health Network on 11/17/2015 8:00:00 AM

Sleep apnea occurs when a person has one or more pauses in breathing or takes shallow breaths while they’re sleeping. These episodes can last from 10 seconds to several minutes, and can occur more than 100 times in an hour. continue reading ...

Understanding A-fib

Written by Heart and Vascular Team on 10/29/2015 8:00:00 AM

Atrial FibrillationAtrial fibrillation (A-fib or AF) is an irregular and typically rapid heartbeat that causes poor blood flow in the body. Symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, tiredness and weakness. These symptoms range anywhere from occasional to chronic. continue reading ...

The squeeze on blood pressure

Written by Heart and Vascular Team on 8/19/2015 6:00:00 AM

Blood pressure checkThere’s no better time than the present to take control of your heart health. A principal way to maintain a healthy heart is through blood pressure management. 

Blood pressure is measured by determining the force that your heart pumps blood through your body. The size and flexibility of your arteries also affects your blood pressure numbers.

The current standard for a healthy blood pressure is 120/80 mmHG (read as “120 over 80”). Systolic pressure (the top number) is the maximum pressure exerted when the heart contracts. continue reading ...

Guidelines for healthy sodium intake

Written by Wellspring Pharmacy on 2/15/2015 10:30:00 AM

Reviewed by Kathleen Haynes, PharmD at Wellspring Pharmacy.

Limit sodium intake to 2,300 mg per daySalt (a.k.a sodium) is an important part of a well-balanced diet, and is essential in small amounts. 

Sodium helps your body function properly by helping maintain the correct balance of fluids in your body, assisting in transmitting nerve impulses, and influencing the contraction and relaxation of muscles. But too much sodium in a diet can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. continue reading ...

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