News

All your questions about high blood pressure, answered

Jump to section: Hypertension explained |Symptoms | Causes |Dangers | How to lower blood pressure | Foods and DASH diet | Medication About 45% of US adults have high blood pressure – that’s more than 108 million Americans. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the major risk factors […]
All your questions about high blood pressure, answered
News

Pulse oximeter: What it measures, how it works, and how to read it

A pulse oximeter is a small device that can measure the oxygen saturation in your blood. Pulse oximetry is useful for people with chronic lung or heart conditions, who need to monitor how well oxygen is being sent from the heart and lungs out to the furthest parts of the […]
Pulse oximeter: What it measures, how it works, and how to read it
Lifestyle

Drinking filter coffee is better for your heart than stove top and French press — and it’s even better than no coffee at all, study says

The healthiest way to brew your coffee involves a filter, according to a recent study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. According to the study, unfiltered coffee can contain substances that increase blood cholesterol. Using a filter removes the particles and makes heart attacks and even premature death less […]
Drinking filter coffee is better for your heart than stove top and French press — and it’s even better than no coffee at all, study says
Lifestyle

You can exercise with AFib, and it may even help your heart

You can exercise with AFib, or atrial fibrillation, a condition where the heart beats quickly and irregularly. Regular moderate exercise is generally considered safe and effective for treating AFib patients and managing the symptoms. However, intense exercise may carry an increased risk for those with AFib, and you should talk […]
You can exercise with AFib, and it may even help your heart
Lifestyle

A consistent lack of sleep can potentially cause heart disease

Research has found that a lack of sleep is associated with high blood pressure and heart disease. Most adults should get about 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, yet about one-third of Americans do not. Sleep apnea and insomnia – two conditions that result in lack of sleep […]
A consistent lack of sleep can potentially cause heart disease
Lifestyle

How to lower your heart rate from anxiety, or a panic attack

You can lower your heart rate from anxiety with regular exercise, deep breathing techniques, and mindfulness meditation. Anixety can raise your heart rate over time and is associated with a higher risk of heart disease. A panic attack often comes with a very high heart rate, and may even feel […]
How to lower your heart rate from anxiety, or a panic attack
Lifestyle

Dark chocolate can be good for your heart, in moderation

Dark chocolate can be good for your heart when it’s consumed in moderation. Dark chocolate contains a higher percentage of cocoa than other chocolate, and cocoa is rich in antioxidants and flavanols, which have been associated with heart health. While eating lots of dark chocolate isn’t likely to improve heart […]
Dark chocolate can be good for your heart, in moderation
Lifestyle

What is heart rate variability? How to measure HRV and what it means

Heart rate variability measures the variance in time between each heartbeat. Research has found that a lower HRV is associated with anxiety disorders and earlier death from heart diseases, while a higher HRV may indicate better cardiovascular fitness and greater resilience to stress. However, HRV is a highly-specific measurement and […]
What is heart rate variability? How to measure HRV and what it means
Lifestyle

How to recover from a stent procedure and avoid complications

You should recover from a stent procedure by resting, staying away from vigorous physical activity, and following your doctor’s recommendations for medication. Many patients are able to recover from a stent and return to work within a week, though it may take longer for others. You’ll also want to look […]
How to recover from a stent procedure and avoid complications
Lifestyle

How to prepare for a stent and what you should ask your doctor

You should prepare for a stent procedure by staying hydrated, talking with your doctor about medications to avoid, and making arrangements for after the surgery. Angioplasty and stent procedures are not especially taxing, but there can be complications. Here’s how to prepare for a stent so you can reduce your […]
How to prepare for a stent and what you should ask your doctor
Lifestyle

What is a stent? When you need one and when you don’t

A stent is a tiny mesh tube that is inserted into an artery to prop it open and improve blood flow to the heart. Stents can be life-saving during a heart attack, and this is a common treatment to restore blood flow when there’s a dangerous blockage. While not always […]
What is a stent? When you need one and when you don’t