Heart Health - Causes

Kyla Jones

Kyla Jones had never experienced any heart problems. Then suddenly, she suffered a near-fatal heart attack and had to undergo double-bypass surgery. See how she cheated death and was able to regain control of her health.

Men with Baldness at the Crown May Be More Prone to Heart Disease

Studies have shown a link between specific patterns of male baldness and the development of coronary heart disease. However, there isn't a clear explanation for the association. Should you be concerned?

It Is Not Possible to Be Overweight and Healthy, Study Shows

Although they may feel healthy in the present, overweight individuals are not exempt from the long-term consequences of carrying extra pounds.

What Type of Body Fat Is Most Dangerous?

More than one third of adults and nearly one in five children are obese. However, not all fat is created equal.

Do You Have Too Much of This Type of Fat?

Excess abdominal fat, especially visceral fat, may be a risk factor for some serious health problems. Fortunately, you can take measures to improve your health. Here's how.

Secondary Hypertension: Get the Facts

Could your high blood pressure be a side effect of another medical condition? Learn more about this form of hypertension.

Diet, Bacteria, and Your Heart

The foods you eat can end up hardening your arteries, but not in the way you think.

Thick Blood: What Are the Risks?

People with thicker (more viscous) blood have a higher chance of heart problems and even type 2 diabetes. Learn more about the connection.

Air Pollution May Up Your Cardio Risk

Did you know your surroundings could increase your chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke? Here's why.

Is It Heart Valve Disease?

According to the American Heart Association, approximately 5 million Americans develop heart valve disease (HVD) each year. Here are the different types of HVD along with risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options.

Transient Ischemic Attacks: What You Need to Know

Sometimes referred to as "mini strokes," TIAs are temporary and cause no permanent damage. But they can be a warning sign of bigger problems to come.

The Cigarette, Hormone, and Disease Connection

Researchers have identified an association among hormones and increased risk of diseases in people who smoke.

A New Take on Heart Disease Risk

BMI is a popular tool to evaluate cardiac health, but it may not be the best one.

Why Your Healthy Habits May Not Protect Your Heart

Doing everything right when it comes to heart health? You may still be at risk for cardiovascular disease. Here's why.

Diagnosed With Diabetes? Beware of Another Risk

An estimated 1 out of 3 people with diabetes over the age of 50 has Peripheral Artery Disease, a condition that increases one's risk of heart attack and stroke.

5 Important (But Rarely Explained) Medical Terms, and What They Mean

Struggling to understand what your doctor’s saying? Here are some helpful translations.

Is Heartburn the Same As GERD?

Heartburn is a symptom of GERD. And there’s more to know about how these conditions are distinct.

Rice With a Side of Arsenic

A new study finds carcinogens in rice. Is there enough detected to cause widespread concern?

Fix Your Muscle Cramps, and Figure Out What's Causing Them

Ouch! Ease those sharp muscle spasms, and try these preventative tips including keeping hydrated.

Will Replacement Joints Harm Your Heart?

Patients have a significantly higher risk of heart attack following joint replacement surgery. Take steps to protect yourself.

Could High Blood Pressure Be a Good Thing?

Surprisingly, for some senors, the answer may be "yes."

Ozone Danger Zone for Your Heart

Is there something dangerous in the air? Researchers are getting to the heart of the matter.

The Link Between Heart Disease and Asthma

When it comes to these two serious health issues, can one cause the other?

Could Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Also Prevent Depression?

Commonly used to prevent coronary heart disease, statins may also lower the risk of major depression.

Should You Shake Your Salt Habit?

Studies link sodium to heart disease and hypertension. But now, science shows sodium is beneficial. Here's what to believe.

What Does Smoking Do to Your Heart?

Become aware of the startling statistics about lighting up. Get tips on putting down the cigarettes for good.

Health by the Numbers: Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 2,500 Americans each day. Here's a look at heart health by the numbers.

The Link Between Peripheral Artery Disease and Depression

Psychosocial factors like stress and depression can have an adverse effect on cardiac health. Here's what you can do.

Why Men Have High Cholesterol and What to Do About It

Here are the essentials to know when it comes to cholesterol and men's health.

Update: Gum Disease, Heart Disease Connection

You've heard your oral health impacts your heart. Here's what the American Heart Association says now.
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