Cardiology

How does the WATCHMAN™ device reduce the risk of stroke?

People with atrial fibrillation AF are most likely to suffer blood clots which originate from an area of the heart known as the left atrial appendage. Those clots can move to the brain and cause a potentially debilitating stroke. Blood thinners, such as Coumadin Warfarin , Pradaxa, Xarelto, and Eliquis, are commonly employed to prevent blood clotting in patients who have been diagnosed with AF. For many patients, however, use of these thinners can result in excessive bleeding. The Watchman™...

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6/27/2018 9:13:00 AM Comments(0)

Women & Heart Disease

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women – more deadly than all cancers combined – yet many women aren’t aware of the risk factors and symptoms associated with this dreaded condition. Here’s some important information on this much misunderstood disease: It can happen at any age. While your risk does increase with age, especially after menopause, heart disease can also strike early. For instance, young women who smoke and use birth control pills raise their risk...

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5/22/2018 3:27:00 PM Comments(0)

Love Your Heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, but it can be prevented and controlled. Even in a short month's time, you can do a lot to take better care of your heart. Week 1: Scrutinize labels. Saturated and trans fats can lead to clogged arteries. Salt can raise blood pressure. Sugar can pack on pounds. To avoid these risks for heart disease, read nutrition labels when you're grocery shopping. Look for foods with unsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids,...

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1/23/2018 3:13:00 PM Comments(0)

Cholesterol Counts in Heart Health

So what are your cholesterol numbers? If you're drawing a blank right now, it could mean you're overdue for the routine blood test that helps give a heads-up on your risk for heart problems or a stroke. Cholesterol is a fatty substance that helps our bodies function properly. The liver makes the cholesterol we need, but we can get more from what we eat. The two main types of cholesterol are: • Low-density lipoprotein LDL , or bad cholesterol. Excess amounts can build up in the walls of art...

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3/3/2015 5:34:00 PM Comments(0)