Heart Health Basics

Diabetes, Cardiac Arrest and AEDs

Heart disease is a growing concern in the United States, especially among people with or at risk for diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease than those who have not. However, many people with diabetes are unaware of the connection between heart disease and diabetes. To stay healthy, it is important to know how to reduce your risk for heart disease. [...]

Heart Disease and CRP

Having diabetes increases your risk for heart disease, but taking care of your diabetes and controlling your heart disease risk factors will keep you healthy and feel better. Most people are familiar with the common risk factors for heart disease, including high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, and inactivity. But there is a new heart disease test you may be hearing about called C-reactive protein, or CRP. [...]

Cardiovascular Disease: A Major Complication of Diabetes

Cardiovascular disease is a major complication of diabetes and the leading cause of premature death in people with diabetes. An adult with diabetes is two to four times more likely to develop heart disease or suffer a stroke than someone who does not have diabetes. In fact, more than 65 percent of deaths in people with diabetes are attributed to heart and vascular disease. [...]

How to Eat Heart Healthy Fats

It is now well-known that diabetes and heart disease are undeniably linked. In fact, diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease, and people with diabetes are at risk for heart disease. One way to prevent and/or manage heart disease is to eat healthfully. [...]

Aspirin and the Heart

People with diabetes run a two to four fold risk for heart disease compared to the general population. Many large studies have shown the benefits of aspirin therapy after a heart attack. In people who had never had heart disease, those who started on aspirin were 44% less likely to have a heart attack. [...]

Help Keep Your Heart Healthy by Keeping Your Blood Pressure on Track

Is your blood pressure at a healthy level? Keeping your blood pressure at a healthy level is important to help prevent heart attacks, strokes, and other heart problems. New guidelines released by a group of experts talk about new ways for patients to manage high blood pressure as well as ways for doctors to treat patients with high blood pressure. [...]

Distress or De-Stress – Heart Disease and Your Emotions

You have probably seen this scenario in a movie or on TV - someone got very angry and then suddenly, he had a heart attack. While it makes a great story, the real-life impact of emotional distress on your heart is usually not so sudden or dramatic. However, stress does have an effect on your heart and blood vessels. [...]

Blood Fats Taming Your Triglycerides

Your healthcare provider has probably talked to you about your cholesterol level, and if it’s high, you’re probably wondering the ways to help bring your cholesterol down. Has he or she also talked with you about your triglyceride level? If so, you might be wondering just exactly what this is. [...]

The Test That Detects Heart Trouble

Heart disease is the number one killer in America today. You may have heart disease or at risk due to your family history, high blood pressure, or other risk factors. Over the last two decades, a lot of new tests have come along to detect heart disease. These tests help you and your healthcare provider find problems early, learn about the type and amount of heart disease you have, and how to help you treat it. It’s important to detect heart disease as early as possible. This can help you prevent heart attack, stroke, or even death. It can also help you and your healthcare provider take actions to prevent further damage to your heart. [...]

Pre-Hypertension: Higher Than Normal Blood Pressure

If you think your blood pressure is OK because you’ve never heard the words, “You have high blood pressure,” think again. Take some time to learn about the newest blood pressure guidelines from the government’s National High Blood Pressure Education Program. These guidelines define a new category for blood pressure that is higher than normal. It’s called pre-hypertension. [...]

Ways To Lower Blood Pressure

The evidence is in. Blood pressure control in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes is just as important as blood glucose control. High blood glucose (diabetes) and high blood pressure often go hand in hand. Sixty to sixty five percent of people who have diabetes also have high blood pressure. Maintaining blood pressure, at a level or below 130/80, can help prevent or slow down the progression of several common long-term diabetes problems, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and loss of vision. [...]

Lower Your Cholesterol for a Healthier Heart

By now, you've probably heard that people with diabetes have a higher risk of heart disease and heart attack than people without diabetes. If you’re one of the 24 million Americans who has diabetes, you might be wondering what you can do to keep your heart as healthy as possible. Keeping your cholesterol level in a safe range is a key part in lowering your risk for heart disease. But how do you get started? Remember, in order to know where you’re going, you need to know where you’re starting. Think about your cholesterol numbers, your food intake and your activity level. What changes can you make? [...]

Heart Disease and Diabetes

You probably have heard about heart disease, or you may know someone who has a heart condition—but you may not know exactly what that really means. Heart disease is an overall term for several types of heart problems. Heart failure and atrial fibrillation are two of the most common heart problems. Having diabetes increases your risk for getting one or both of these. [...]
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