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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…

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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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Strokes Among Young People – We Should Be Worried

An alarming trend in the rise of strokes among young people has researchers and medical professionals, in a number of fields, worried. And for good reason.   Consider the case of a young 29-year-old woman who developed a crushing headache and weakness of her left arm, just a week after her son was born. She chalked it up to side…

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Talking About Chronic Stress And Your Heart

After talking about all types of irregular rhythms, blood clots, heart failure and the multiple ways our hearts tell us they’re sick (including how anger alone can hurt it) we should be talking about chronic stress and your heart.   But this word “stress” is so overused today that most people hardly pay attention to it. So, it’s time to…

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How Bacteria In Your Gut Is Affecting Your Heart

These days, scientists ( I love them!) are learning more about how bacteria in your gut is affecting your heart, putting you at risk for heart disease.   As it turns out, there’s a new twist on the phrase “ The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” But, this time, it applies to women as well. The…

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