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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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Coronary Artery Calcification-The Best Marker of Heart Health

Coronary artery calcification (CAC) is the buildup of calcium in the arteries, whose job it is to carry oxygenated blood from the heart to other parts of the body. The calcium deposits harden the arteries It can cause blood vessels to narrow, leading to the development of Heart Disease. This is similar to atherosclerosis, where the arteries become narrowed due…

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Sudden Cardiac Death-One Out Of Nine Men At Risk

Sudden Cardiac Death claims 450,000 American lives each year, according to a study published in the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Most of these deaths occur to people with no earlier symptoms of cardiovascular disease. And the data indicates that men face a higher risk of sudden cardiac death than women. The following, published by Heart News Study…

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Rheumatic Fever And Heart Valve Disease From Untreated Strep Throat

Sometimes we learn things a little late. Take the case of Rheumatic Fever And Heart Valve Disease from untreated strep throat… It is most common for children ages 5-15, although it can develop in younger children as well as in adults. Rheumatic fever can cause permanent damage to the heart, including the heart valves as well as heart failure. It can…

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Cardiovascular Disease And Infections-Why Most Of Us Are At Risk

Many people are at risk for Cardiovascular Disease and infections without realizing that their gender, ethnicity, race or age can increase their risk of developing one type or another. As the saying goes, “The more you know…” The term Cardiovascular Disease, more commonly called Heart Disease, includes a variety of conditions that affect the heart and arteries.  The most basic job description of…

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