Fall Into Heart Health: How to be cardio-conscious this autumn

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When autumn arrives, there’s a certain sense of renewal all around us. The air becomes crisper, inviting deeper breaths. The sun’s rays become gentler, inviting more opportunity for outdoor exploration. And heart healthy fruits and vegetables become readily available, inviting greater heart health and overall well-being. Even so, heart health won’t just “fall” in our laps. You still have to …

Early Detection of Migraine Episodes

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Episodic migraine is a prevalent condition associated with a large burden of suffering. The effectiveness of medical and nonpharmacologic interventions depends on the detection of a migraine episode during the prodromal phase, which is often difficult for patients to recognize. Few tools are available to help patients know when best to apply a migraine abortive treatment. The best tool developed …

What are Migraines? (And how are they connected to heart health?)

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One billion people worldwide suffer from migraine, making it the third most common illness. And studies have found that across the board, migraine increases the risk of several heart diseases, like atrial fibrillation, heart attacks, and angina.  Here, we’ll discuss the basics of migraine headaches, including their causes, treatment options and how they’re connected to heart health. As well as …

How Does Stress Affect the Body?

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When you feel your heart racing, you might also notice that your breath quickens, your muscles are tensed, and your tummy is tied into a knot; you can often blame this on stress. Stress can cause you to experience many physical changes. It can also affect other areas of the body, from the muscular to the reproductive systems.Of course, stress …

Obstructive Sleep Apnea: An Overview

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Obstructive sleep apnea, when left untreated, can cause serious health problems. These can include excessive daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, heart failure, cognitive issues, accidents related to sleep loss, depression, poor daytime function, and more. Yet, about 80 to 90 percent of people with obstructive sleep apnea haven’t been diagnosed.   If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you might experience symptoms …

Caffeine’s Effects on Heart Health

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Over the years, there have been plenty of debates regarding the effects caffeine has on heart health. Is it good on the heart? Hard on the heart? Ultimately, like most things, there are a few schools of thought and conflicting studies. Let’s explore.Caffeine Affects Hydration LevelsCaffeine is a diuretic, meaning it causes more frequent urination. Because of this, it does …

Atrial Fibrillation (AFib): An Overview

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Arrhythmia is an abnormal or irregular heart rhythm. So, having an arrhythmia could mean several things; your heartbeat might be too fast, slow, or irregular. And of all arrhythmia types, atrial fibrillation (also called afib) is the most common. It occurs in about one percent of the population worldwide and in at least 3 to 6 million US adults.  This …

Arrhythmias: An Overview

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Let’s have a heart-to-heart about arrhythmias. Simply put, arrhythmias are irregular heart rate patterns. They can occur when the heart rate is too fast, too slow, or simply abnormal. And they tend to be caused by an electrical issue.Types of ArrhythmiasThere are two main types of arrhythmias. They’re grouped based on the speed of the heart rate (HR): Tachycardia: A …

What is Myocarditis?

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Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle. It can be caused by a viral infection, but it can also have other causes, such as autoimmune disease, exposure to certain toxins, or a reaction to a medication.Symptoms of MyocarditisMyocarditis can be mild, with few or no symptoms, or it can be severe, resulting in chest pain, arrhythmias, or even heart …