Posts Categorized: Heart Health

Stroke Reduces Quality of Life

A stroke (also called a “brain attack”) can take three out of five quality years off your life, according to a recent study in the journal Neurology. Considering advances in treatment and ongoing stroke-prevention campaigns, that is pretty alarming. The study followed 748 stroke patients and 440 who had a mini-stroke (also known as transient… Read more »

10 Years Without Secondhand Smoke

New York State enacted the Clean Indoor Air Act 10 years ago today to protect workers from secondhand smoke and help reduce smoking rates. The law bans smoking in workplaces and entertainment/leisure venues—saving nonsmokers from inhaling unwanted tobacco smoke and preventing millions of New Yorkers from developing smoking-related illness. Eliminating smoking indoors is the only… Read more »

Randy Travis Suffers Stroke

Country singer Randy Travis, 54, has been admitted to a Texas hospital after suffering a stroke, a complication due to a recent bout of cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure.  Mr. Travis underwent surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain, according to news reports. Cardiomyopathy (a weakening of the heart muscle) occurs when the heart… Read more »

Protect Yourself from a Heart Attack on Vacation

Health risks don’t take time off. A growing body of evidence suggests it’s not uncommon to have a heart attack on vacation. So if you have a heart condition, high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure—or a family history of any of these—be mindful of the physical and emotional tolls that traveling or vacationing can take…. Read more »

Silent Stroke Tied to Memory Loss

What if a stroke (brain attack) occurred and you didn’t even know it? Though this may seem odd, it is possible for someone to experience symptoms but not a full-blown stroke—a “silent stroke.” During a silent stroke, a blood clot blocks blood flow to part of the brain, causing brain cells in that area to… Read more »

Pets Are Good for Your Heart

Sure, Fido and Fifi can warm your heart. But if you ever wondered if the warm fuzzies aid your health, plenty of studies shed light on the subject. A recent scientific statement from the American Heart Association presents data on how pets can influence high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, physical activity and obesity, as well… Read more »

Take 5 for Heart Health

Choosing nutritious food is a great way to enhance your heart health. Plenty of fresh produce (vegetables and fruit) and whole grains are staples for boosting cardiovascular wellness. A helpful tool to stay on the right track for heart health is the USDA’s MyPlate site. It  divides food into five groups: Vegetables. Choose a variety… Read more »

Think FAST to Recognize Stroke Symptoms

With stroke, time is brain, which means that the sooner patients get to the nearest stroke-designated hospital, the better their outcome will be. To recognize the stroke symptoms and signs–Think FAST: Facial drooping: When one side of the face droops or is numb. Ask the person to smile to confirm whether there is facial drooping… posted in: Heart Health, Neuro tags:


42: Jackie Robinson Is Still a Touchstone

It’s hardly fair to ask “Number 42” to level the playing field once again. Yet almost 42 years after his untimely death, Jackie Robinson’s iconic status can still change society for the better. His story can focus more attention on diabetes-related heart disease, which claimed the six-time World Series player at 53. Heart disease is… Read more »