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What to know about dilated cardiomyopathy

Posted by CarePoint Health on May 27, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Cardiomyopathy is a term that encompasses several different disorders of the heart muscle. The most common type is dilated cardiomyopathy. In dilated cardiomyopathy, the heart chambers dilate (stretch out and become thinner). This affects how well your heart can pump blood to the rest of your body. Over time, your heart may weaken and you can experience heart failure. Some people do not realize they have dilated cardiomyopathy until symptoms of heart failure appear.

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Topics: Heart health, Heart failure

What is heart failure?

Posted by CarePoint Health on May 20, 2015 11:00:00 AM

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with heart failure, you may be wondering what this means. The word “failure” leads some to think the heart isn’t working at all, but this is not the case. Heart failure is actually a condition that has many levels of severity, and can usually be managed and controlled under the care of a cardiologist.

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Topics: Heart health, Heart failure

Heart palpitations: should you worry?

Posted by CarePoint Health on May 13, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Many people have experienced palpitations at one time or another: the feeling of your heart fluttering, pounding, or racing. Although the sensation can be alarming, it is usually harmless.

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Topics: Heart health

6 simple healthy habits that help your heart

Posted by CarePoint Health on May 6, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Taking good care of your heart is a lifelong task. We know that eating right and getting regular exercise are key to preventing heart disease, but there are also some simple, everyday habits that can help you keep your heart healthy.

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Topics: Exercise, Nutrition, Heart health

4 surprising symptoms that could indicate a heart attack

Posted by CarePoint Health on Apr 29, 2015 11:00:00 AM

When you see an actor portray a heart attack on television, he will often grab his chest, wince in pain, and collapse to the floor. While this scenario may happen to some people, the reality is that heart attacks are much more mysterious than you would expect. Symptoms vary from person to person, and even if you’ve already had a heart attack, a subsequent attack could have different symptoms from the first one.

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Topics: Heart health, Heart attack

Can your pet help improve your heart health?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Apr 23, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Making time to go for walks or runs is a great way to boost your cardiovascular health. But lack of motivation or feeling too busy could discourage you from getting into a solid fitness routine. Before you look into joining a gym or hiring personal trainer for help, the solution might be no further than your own home. If you’re a dog owner, try bringing your dog with you next time you go out for a walk or run!

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Topics: Exercise, Heart health

Drinking coffee before exercising could enhance your workout

Posted by CarePoint Health on Apr 21, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Americans love coffee. Look at a digital map to find coffee shops in your area, and you’ll probably see quite a few surrounding you. Coffee drinkers enjoy the caffeinated beverage because it boasts a powerful flavor, and its 95 mg of caffeine per cup can help you feel more awake.

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Topics: Exercise, Nutrition, Heart health

Good nutrition can lower your risk for heart disease

Posted by CarePoint Health on Apr 16, 2015 11:00:00 AM

One in every four deaths is related to heart disease, according to data presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are a number of factors that can contribute to heart disease, including smoking, having a sedentary lifestyle, and practicing unhealthy eating habits. Since poor nutrition can often be a large offender to your health, receiving general education about healthy eating can help you develop a better diet and reduce your risk for heart disease.

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Topics: Nutrition, Heart health

Joint-friendly cardio workouts for runners

Posted by CarePoint Health on Apr 14, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Running is usually the first activity that comes to mind when most people think about cardio exercise, but some individuals are reluctant to run for reasons such as sore joints, inexperience, or even boredom. Whatever the reason, you should still include some form of cardiovascular exercise in your routine even if you don’t enjoy running. Instead, try new alternatives to running so you can keep your heart strong! A few of the more popular exercise options include rowing, cycling, and swimming.

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Topics: Exercise, Heart health

Starting your first cardio routine? Check out these beginner-friendly exercises

Posted by CarePoint Health on Apr 9, 2015 11:00:00 AM

When it comes to having a healthy heart, it’s important to practice a regular form of exercise or physical activity. However, individuals who are relatively new to the concept of exercise often find it difficult to commit to an exercise regimen. Beginners can become discouraged in regards to not knowing how to start, and exercise keeps getting put off. However, there are a number of easy starting exercises that are good for your heart and less stressful on your body.

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Topics: Exercise, Heart health

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