911 for your heart: don’t ignore the signs

Posted by CarePoint Health on Feb 20, 2017 9:59:09 AM

How do you know if it’s a heart emergency? Consider the most common signs of cardiovascular danger. Certain symptoms like chest pain are well known; others not so much. When it comes to heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest, being aware of the warnings—so you can respond in time—can make a life-saving difference.

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Topics: Heart health, Heart stroke, Heart attack, Heart failure

How well do you know your heart?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Feb 14, 2017 4:06:53 PM

What’s your risk for heart disease and stroke? To find out, experts recommend three things. Get  a doctor’s assessment of your current health status. Talk about your health history and habits to better assess your risks. And start taking smarter steps—even if they’re small—for a healthier future, right now.

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Topics: Heart health

Cholesterol not great? Here’s how to improve it

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 14, 2016 11:00:00 AM

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease — the number one killer of Americans. Although there are medications available to help lower bad cholesterol, many Americans still don’t have desirable levels. And because there are no symptoms, you won’t know if yours are good unless you get it checked regularly by your primary care physician.

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Topics: Exercise, Nutrition, Heart health, Primary care, Cholesterol

Why you need to know your triglycerides

Posted by CarePoint Health on Nov 17, 2015 11:00:00 AM

You probably already know you need to watch your cholesterol and blood pressure. Both of these factors can increase your risk of heart disease if they get too high. But something that doesn’t get as much attention is your triglycerides — and knowing your level is important. Fortunately, it’s easy to find out what yours are — and there are some great ways to keep them at a healthy level.

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Topics: Nutrition, Health, Heart health, Primary care, Blood pressure, Neighborhood health center, Cholesterol

Women and heart disease: What you should know

Posted by CarePoint Health on Nov 6, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Plenty of health conditions affect both women and men. But that doesn’t mean that your symptoms — or potential complications — will be the same as a man. In fact, many diseases affect women differently, including heart disease.

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the number one killer of women in our country, above cancer and any other disease. And according to the National Institutes of Health, women are more likely to die from a heart attack than men. So what can you do to protect yourself?

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Heart health, Heart attack

4 reasons why you shouldn’t self-diagnose

Posted by CarePoint Health on Aug 25, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Concerned about a new symptom you’re having? Wondering what it could be? Rather than calling your physician, you might be tempted to pick up your tablet or laptop and start typing. Self-diagnosis has become more common in the age of the Internet and as the Web contains more and more information everyday. But trying to solve your health issues without seeing a physician is a potentially dangerous mistake.

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Topics: Women's health, Health, Children's Health, Heart health, Primary care

Obesity now considered a disease

Posted by CarePoint Health on Aug 14, 2015 8:30:00 AM

People struggling with their weight will probably tell you that obesity is much more than just how you look. More than one-third of our adult population is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Obesity is now considered a disease by the American Medical Association (AMA) and World Health Organization. This classification can have some potential benefits for people trying to lose pounds.

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Topics: Bariatrics, Exercise, Nutrition, Health, Diabetes, Heart health, Heart stroke, Heart attack

5 things to know about a-fib

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jun 17, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Atrial fibrillation, or a-fib, is a condition in which the heart beats erratically, often too fast. Over 2 million Americans are living with this condition, which often feels like the heart is quivering, thumping, or skipping in the chest.

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Topics: Heart health, Heart stroke, Heart failure

Lower your risk of stroke

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jun 10, 2015 11:00:00 AM

A stroke can be devastating to an individual and his or her family. A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when blood supply to the brain is interrupted by a clot or hemorrhage. When the supply is cut off, even for a few minutes, brain cells begin to die. The longer the blood supply is lost, the higher the chance of disability and death.

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Topics: Heart health, Heart stroke, Smoking

4 ways to prevent coronary artery disease

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jun 3, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the number one cause of death in the U.S. – for both men and women. CAD is also the most common type of heart disease. But fortunately, with the right lifestyle, many cases of CAD can be prevented.

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Topics: Heart health, Coronary Artery Disease