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Allergy Medications And The Potential Risks To Your Heart

If you’ve been diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure), a heart rhythm problem (arrhythmias) or other heart condition, it’s important to assess your allergy medications and the potential risks to your heart. Quick Facts Antihistamines and decongestants may increase your heart rate. Over-the-counter allergy drugs that include a decongestant can raise your blood pressure. Decongestants may also increase your risk for heart rhythm…

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Scleroderma And The Damage To Your Heart

  If you’ve been diagnosed as having Scleroderma, some information about its effects on your heart may be helpful for prevention and management. First, a little background: The name Scleroderma refers to a group of rare diseases which result from an overproduction and accumulation of collagen. Collagen is a fibrous type of protein from which the connective tissues, including your…

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Pericarditis-Inflammation Of Your Heart Muscle’s Protector

Pericarditis-inflammation of your heart muscle’s protector, the pericardium, can be a one-time problem or a recurring aggravation which can interfere with the normal functions of your heart. The pericardium is a thin, two-layered, fluid-filled sac that covers the outer surface of the heart. It protects the heart from infection or malignancy and holds your heart in the chest wall. It…

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Taking Charge Of Your Beautiful Heart-10 Easy Pieces

If you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease, have had a stroke or have risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, I encourage you to think about taking charge of your beautiful heart. Here are 10 easy pieces of advice, from my heart to yours. These days we think of cardiovascular conditions as common, and they are….

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Inflammation And The Aging Process

Researchers and students of these things are spending more and more time these days focusing on the process of inflammation and the aging process. Inflammation is a normal biological process which has already been linked to various health issues, including obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and heart disease. Now, researchers are taking another step.   The National Institute of Health defines inflammation…

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Deep Vein Thrombosis – Risks, Prevention, Management, and Treatment

A diagnosis of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) refers to a blood clot that has formed inside a vein, most commonly deep within a leg. Although it’s not talked about as often as say, heart attacks, nearly half a million Americans are diagnosed with DVT every year, and it’s responsible for up to 100,000 deaths a year. The biggest risk is…

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