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How Mammograms Can Reveal Heart Disease

Posted 8/17/2016 by UHBlog

How Mammograms Can Reveal Heart Disease

Did you know the screening test may uncover heart disease?

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Peripheral Arterial Disease: Not just a Pain in Your Leg

Posted 8/9/2016 by UHBlog

Peripheral Arterial Disease: Not just a Pain in Your Leg

Make sure leg discomfort is not peripheral artery disease.

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7 Ways to Avoid Heart Attack and Stroke If You Have Diabetes

Posted 7/20/2016 by UHBlog

7 Ways to Avoid Heart Attack and Stroke If You Have Diabetes

People with diabetes should take their condition to heart – literally.

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Not Just for Regularity Anymore – Meta Heart Health

Posted 7/1/2016 by UHBlog

Not Just for Regularity Anymore - Meta Heart Health

Not only will you be more “regular” by eating fiber, but you may be able to control your high bad cholesterol (LDL) as well.

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Fix Your Nagging Hip or Knee Pain

Posted 6/28/2016 by UHBlog

Fix your Nagging Hip or Knee Pain

Exercise and activity can be the answer.

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The Athletic Heart: Who to Screen Who to Bench?

Posted 4/29/2016 by UHBlog

The Athletic Heart: Who to Screen? Who to Bench?

Who to Screen? Who to Bench?

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New Novel Technology Changes the Way Heart Disease is Managed

Posted 4/26/2016 by UHBlog

New Novel Technology Changes the Way Heart Disease is Managed

Advances make monitoring easier and more comfortable.

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7 Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle From Rock Stars Who’d Know

Posted 3/8/2016 by UHBlog

Want to amp up the soundtrack of your life? Ask us how. Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll get a bad rap. “But the rock ‘n roll star didn’t have it all that wrong,” says vascular neurologist Michael DeGeorgia, MD. Consider this: Sex lowers blood pressure, provides exercise, decreases the risk of heart attack, lessens pain, reduces the occurrence of prostate cancer, eases stress and improves sleep. Drugs, such as a daily aspirin, can help reduce cholesterol and pr...

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What Is HeartMath and Why Does it Matter?

Posted 2/23/2016 by UHBlog

What Is HeartMath and Why Does it Matter?

Learn how to effectively react to stress and improve your long-term wellness.

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Try the Mind Diet – A Smart Way to Eat

Posted 1/22/2016 by UHBlog

Learn how to keep your cognitive skills sharp and reduce the risk of dementia. Nutritional researchers have discovered that just a few tweaks to a grocery list may be the way to slow normal brain aging and cognitive decline. “The Mind Diet is a healthy, largely plant-based diet that can be very helpful for brain health,” says registered and licensed dietitian Joyce Kavaras, RD, LD. “The results from the initial study are very promising.” The Mind Diet is an acronym for M...

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New Heart and Vascular Treatment Options for High-Risk Patients

Posted 1/20/2016 by UHBlog

Newer technologies are leading to less invasive ways to treat heart conditions. Ask us how these advances can help you. In the past, if you needed open heart surgery, you could expect to undergo traditional surgery and a long recovery. Now, advanced minimally invasive approaches are making it easier to treat heart and vascular conditions without open surgery. For patients who might not be candidates for open surgery, this is especially good news, says interventional cardiologist Marco Costa, MD...

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Heart Disease and Family History

Posted 1/15/2016 by UHBlog

Many serious cardiac conditions are inherited or the result of genetic abnormalities. Talk to us about preventing heart disease. Take a quick look at the death notices in today’s newspaper. Statistics suggest that about a quarter of those people died of heart disease. In fact, heart disease impacts men and women equally and is the most common cause of death among both genders. Many cardiac problems occur from lifestyle choices, like smoking, poor diet or lack of exercise. Other conditions...

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Kids & Congenital Heart Disease: What Every Parent Should Know

Posted 1/14/2016 by UHBlog

Learn about congenital heart defects in children and the advances in discovery and treatment. Ask us. Nothing compares to the joy and wonder of a baby’s birth. But sometimes that joy is mitigated by the discovery that your precious infant is born with a congenital heart defect. Thankfully, new diagnostic screening and surgical techniques have enabled pediatric cardiologists to successfully detect and treat the vast majority of congenital heart defects. These early detection treatment met...

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Holiday Feasts Without Derailing Your Health

Posted 11/24/2015 by UHBlog

Looking forward to stuffing yourself this holiday season? Ask us how to enjoy holiday feasts without blowing up your blood sugar and diet plan. Everybody faces eating challenges during the holidays – which sometimes starts at Halloween and lasts until after the New Year. If you have diabetes, it’s especially important to maintain healthy blood sugar levels year-round, regardless of the temptations. “We’re all trying to be good for the beginning of the year. Then when it ...

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Too Young to Have a Stroke? Think Again

Posted 11/11/2015 by UHBlog

Even young people are at risk for a stroke. Ask us. Can people younger than 45 have a stroke? You bet. A stroke can occur at any point in a person’s life, from infancy to adulthood. “It is not just older adults who have strokes. Younger people are susceptible to strokes too,” says neurologist John Andrefsky, MD. “The problem is most young people ignore the warning signs of a stroke because they can’t believe it can happen to them.” Not paying attention or be...

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Qigong – Let the Life Force Be with You

Posted 10/25/2015 by UHBlog

Learn how Qigong can help alleviate pain, increase energy and reduce anxiety. This fall, why not go with the flow and start practicing Qigong? Qigong – pronounced chee-gong – is a fluid exercise program that uses graceful, repetitive movements, mental focus and measured, deep abdominal breathing to boost and balance a person’s energy. “In Chinese, qi means energy or life force, and gong means work or practice,” says Qigong Master Healer Ted Gannon, LAc. “Toget...

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A Dip in Performance May Be a Sign of Something Serious

Posted 10/12/2015 by UHBlog

Learn how undiagnosed heart conditions may be affecting your athletic performance. Ask us. Has your get-up-and-go suddenly got up and gone? Are you unable to complete a workout that used to be a piece of cake? Or, are your race times getting slower? These could be warning signs of an underlying cardiovascular problem, says cardiologist Barry Effron, MD. Heart conditions can affect athletes of all stripes, regardless of age, gender or physical fitness. “Heart disease is the leading cause of...

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Chronic Inflammation: America's Deadliest Disease

Posted 9/7/2015 by UHBlog

Did you know that your diet and/or excess body fat could lead to chronic inflammation? Ask us. Inflammation is one of your body’s most important defense mechanisms, protecting you against infection and injury. But inflammation that is prolonged may be setting you up for numerous health problems. “It’s remarkable how well the body protects us from infections, injuries and environmental stresses,” says interventional cardiologist David Zidar, MD, PhD. For instance, if you'...

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Why You Can’t Rely on Blood Pressure Meds to Prevent Stroke

Posted 8/24/2015 by UHBlog

Untreated high blood pressure can wreak havoc on your body. Do you know your numbers? Many people take medication to control their high blood pressure, but a major, large-scale blood pressure study may have you wondering if the pills you take provide the protection you need. The Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) project, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), followed 30,239 participants ages 45 and older for more than six years. The study wanted t...

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Cholesterol: The Real Truth

Posted 7/29/2015 by UHBlog

Everyone needs cholesterol, but knowing how much you have can save your life. Ask us. For most of us, when we hear the word, "cholesterol," we often think it means something bad or unhealthy. But in reality, your body needs a small amount of cholesterol to function properly. It's when we eat too much of it or our bodies overproduce it, that problems develop. According to cardiologist Barry Effron, MD, too much cholesterol in your bloodstream clogs your blood vessels and increases your risk of h...

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Serenity Study Seeks Participants: Learn How to Manage Stress

Posted 7/13/2015 by UHBlog

Did you know that 80 to 90 percent of primary care visits are related to conditions caused by or exacerbated by stress? We can help. While you can’t eliminate stress from your life, you can learn how to effectively manage your response to it and lower your blood pressure at the same time through a new research project aptly named the Serenity Study. The Serenity Study is a free, joint program being conducted through University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network, Kent State Unive...

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Heart Disease: Myths vs. Facts

Posted 5/15/2015 by UHBlog

Heart disease doesn’t affect all women alike and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. Ask us. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. There are a lot of myths about heart disease in women. Cardiac electrophysiologist Judith Mackall, MD, president of the Cleveland chapter of the American Heart Association, talks about these myths – and tells you the facts – so you can lower your risk for this deadly disea...

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Want a Healthy Heart? Have More Sex

Posted 2/24/2015 by jsudo

If you have questions or concerns about your sexual health, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Do you want a healthy heart? Make more love, says psychologist Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD. "A healthy sexual relationship can benefit your heart health in a variety of ways," she says. "First of all, good sex in a relationship plays a powerful role in maintaining the health of a long-term relationship. The downstream effect of a happy and satisfying relationship is less negative stress and more posit...

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Is It Heartburn – or a Heart Attack?

Posted 12/23/2014 by UHBlog

If you’re confused or concerned about any persistent symptoms you’re having, always let your doctor know. Is your heartburn simply that or the sign of something much worse? It’s not always easy to tell. Unfortunately, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Forty percent of women and 30 percent of men with coronary artery disease experience this symptom, according to cardiologist Barbara Williams, MD. In general, heartburn typically feels like an ache just under the tip of the ...

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The Beat of the Heart: Irregular Rhythms

Posted 10/9/2014 by UHBlog

Does it ever feel like a fish is flopping in your chest, your heart skips a beat, or it races when you get up out of a chair? These sensations could be signs of a heart-rhythm abnormality called atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, which affects more than 5 million people in the U.S. and can lead to life-threatening complications. A-fib is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heart due to a glitch in the heart’s electrical system. A heart that is “out of rhythm” can beat too fa...

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Mind Over Matter: An Unexpected Treatment for High Blood Pressure

Posted 9/4/2014 by UHBlog

Nearly 60 million adults in the U.S. have blood pressure that is higher than the normal range. Treatment for high blood pressure typically includes lifestyle changes like choosing a healthier diet, increasing exercise and losing excess weight. But a recent study by cardiovascular disease specialist Richard Josephson, MD, suggests that there is another approach that is successful in reducing blood pressure: a methodology known as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). The study, published i...

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Is Your Heart at Risk for the No. 1 Rhythm Disorder?

Posted 4/1/2014 by UHBlog

You may be aware that obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes increase your risk of heart attack, but did you know that these conditions can also put you at risk for another potentially dangerous heart ailment? It’s atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), the most common heart rhythm abnormality in the U.S., which affects more than 2.2 million Americans. Age is also a factor, says cardiac electrophysiologist Mauricio Arruda, MD. “If you live long enough, you’re probably going to get i...

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Calm Down – It’s Good for Your Heart

Posted 3/27/2014 by UHBlog

The evidence is in: Feeling angry can be physically dangerous to your health. Harvard researchers recently published a study in European Heart Journal that links outbursts of anger with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. The study revealed that people suffered an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in the two hours immediately following an angry outburst. The risk of heart attack was nearly five times higher, and the risk of stroke was more than three times higher. There was also...

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His-and-Hers Signs of Heart Attack

Posted 2/25/2014 by UHBlog

Believe it or not, someone in the U.S. suffers a heart attack every 34 seconds, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). And here’s another important measure of time: five minutes. The AHA recommends waiting no longer than this to call 911 if you suspect that someone may be having a heart attack. Time is crucial when treating a heart attack, so it’s a good idea to be able to recognize its symptoms. There are slight differences in the way men and women experience heart atta...

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3 Big Ways to Love Your Heart

Posted 2/17/2014 by UHBlog

Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in America. “The most common heart disease,” explains Judith Mackall, MD, “is coronary artery disease or plaque formation within the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle.” This dangerous condition can lead to myocardial infarction, commonly known as a heart attack. The good news is that heart disease is preventable, and there are specific steps you can take on a daily basis to improve your heart health. 1. Lim...

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