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Kawasaki Disease-Protecting Your Child’s Heart Health

Kawasaki disease is a rare pattern of symptoms, of unknown origin, that affects children. Although it’s more common among children of Asian and Pacific Island descent, it affects people of all racial and ethnic groups. An estimated 4,200 children in the United States are diagnosed each year, and although the specific cause is not known, a virus is suspected. As…

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Too young to have a heart attack? Think Again

If you think you or a loved one are too young to have a heart attack, please reconsider. The human heart will beat about 3 billion times from birth to the age of 90, and with its multitasking, as it does, there’s a lot that can go wrong. There can be trouble with the heart muscle itself, and with the…

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Thyroid Hormone Levels And Your Heart-Unfriendly Connections

Just when we think we have this whole “health thing” figured out, we hear about your thyroid hormone levels and your heart, and their “unfriendly connections.”  Sigh… As a patient once told me, “These poor hearts of ours are either scattered or shattered.” Wise man. So, here’s the story: Too much or too little thyroid hormone can make your cholesterol levels…

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Why Knowing Your Cholesterol Numbers Is Not Enough

Would you be surprised if I told you that just knowing your cholesterol numbers is not enough? Here are some staggering facts:  ➡ Heart Disease (including Coronary Heart Disease, Hypertension, and Stroke) are the No. 1 cause of death in the US. ➡ Coronary Heart Disease accounts for 1 in 7 deaths in the U.S.  ➡ Approximately every 40 seconds,…

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Why And How To Check Your Blood Pressure At Home

Learning how to check your blood pressure at home can help you become aware of potential problems with your heart. You may not know that your blood pressure can change from hour to hour, sometimes even minute to minute. Because it changes so often, you’re more likely to get a better warning of possible irregularities by checking it at home…

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Busted! Blood Pressure And Heart Rate Myths

Blood pressure and heart rate myths are like children’s tall tales or even like diet myths…There’s always another one, and another one, and…You know how it goes.   For instance: 1. As the story goes, blood pressure and heart rate “go hand in hand” (or arm in cuff!) in most people’s minds. After all, they always check these two together…

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