Heart Health

Winter Changes Bring More Heart Attacks 

  • Man conforting woman with chest pain

Heart attacks increase during the winter months for a number of reasons. Some of those are related to changes in the weather, and some are related to changes in human behavior. Understanding where winter heart risks come from can make it easier to take precautions against them.   Cold  When […]

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Health Awareness Month

  • Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

While researchers have spent many years looking for a cure for Alzheimer’s and dementia, they still have not found one. As the search for a cure has continued, some researchers have chosen to look for changes people can make earlier in life to decrease their likelihood of getting these diseases […]

Why Take Your Blood Pressure at Home?

  • Woman checking her blood pressure at home

Some patients take their blood pressure at home because they have concerns about potential high blood pressure. Others take it because they are vested in their health and just want to keep an eye on their blood pressure. More commonly, however, people take their blood pressure at home because their […]

Light Therapy for the Winter Blues 

Many of us look forward to the crisp cool air and brightly colored leaves of autumn. For those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), however, fall often marks the beginning of “winter blues” that may not end until the following spring or summer.   What is SAD?   SAD is a form of seasonal depression associated with the decrease in sunlight that occurs as the days get shorter.  It usually […]

High Blood Pressure – When Medications No Longer Work 

  • Doctor checking man's blood pressure

Most patients know that high blood pressure is bad, but many high blood pressure patients get used to having it. They take their medication, without making any significant lifestyle changes, and assume that the problem is under control. They don’t realize that they could eventually develop “medication resistant hypertension”, or high blood pressure that can’t be controlled even when simultaneously taking three […]

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

  • Close up of elderly couple. Woman with hand over heart

Heart attacks are the number one killer of women in the United States, yet many women don’t realize that their experience of a heart attack can be very different from the experience of a man having a heart attack. Some women do have the classic “an elephant is sitting on my chest” feeling, but […]

Cardiac Rehab Helps Patients Trust Their Own Hearts

After a heart attack, it can be difficult to trust your own body again. Suddenly, the beating of your heart, something you have been able to count on without thinking about it, no longer feels like a “sure thing”. While confidence usually returns in time, it helps to have support […]