Heart Disease Articles

Heart Disease and Cold Meds—A Dangerous Combination?

03/02/2016

When winter hits you up with an attack of the sneezes, stuffy nose, cough, headache, and/or aches and pains, the first thing you might do is reach into your medicine chest or head to the drugstore to get some good old reliable cold-and-flu meds. But if you suffer from heart disease, you need to take special caution before popping any pill or spraying any remedies in your nose.  “There are some over-the-counter medications that are not recommended for patients with heart disease because…

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Shadow Diseases: 5 Health Conditions That Have a Secret Twin

02/23/2016

Could itchy skin put you at higher risk for heart disease? Yes--researchers are finding more and more about the connections between seemingly unrelated health conditions. Called “shadow diseases,” these are health problems that go hand-in-hand: If you have one, your risk increases for developing the other.  “The connection may come from your genetic makeup, or as a reaction to your environment and lifestyle, so both nature and nurture play a part,” says Alicia Almeida…

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Women and Heart Disease

02/11/2016

In honor of American Heart Month, here are some important things to keep in mind. 1. Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer. Though heart disease is often thought of as a man’s disease, it’s actually the leading cause of death for women in America each year, responsible for 1 in 4 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which is more than the total for all cancers. Though word is getting out about this risk, there is still a bit of a disconnect, says Elisabeth…

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Surprising Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

11/12/2015

That morning cup not only jump-starts your energy, it can supercharge your health. That’s right, the natural compounds found in coffee — caffeine, potassium and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B5 — can all help protect your body from a host of health problems including dementia, diabetes, heart disease and more. “The latest research shows that the consumption of coffee within a moderate range — three to five cups per day — is not associated with increased long-term…

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New Study Says Premature Death is on the Decline

11/03/2015

Good news: Fewer people are dying at an early age. At least that’s what a groundbreaking new study has found. The report reveals that people are less likely to die premature deaths due to heart attack, stroke, and other health complications. The study, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed data from 1969 to 2013, which showed that the rate of premature death had decreased by nearly 43 percent. Premature death was defined as any death under the age…

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Heart-Healthy Secrets from Cardiologists

10/26/2015

Who takes better care of their own hearts than the cardiologists who treat everyone else’s? Here’s what some Indiana University Health doctors do daily to protect their own tickers. Create a quiet zone. “When I get home I like to put away my phone and keep the television and computer off,” says Elisabeth von der Lohe, MD, Director of Interventional Cardiology at Indiana University Health. “Shutting out external noise helps me relax and reduces stress.” Research…

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Heart Healthy: What You Need to Do to Take Care of Your Heart

01/30/2015 | Cardiovascular

Many people are aware that heart disease is a serious issue, but you might not realize just how serious it is. Heart disease kills 600,000 people in the United States each year, more than any other cause of death. Fortunately, heart disease is preventable. Here’s what you can do to become a heart healthy Hoosier.   Quit Smoking. Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your lungs. It’s also bad for your heart. To have a healthy heart, you absolutely need to quit smoking as soon as…

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Rev Up Your Cardio Engine

05/21/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascular

Sometimes life can feel like one big race. But if you expect to make it to the finish line, you need to take care of your body. As the Indy 500 approaches, we’re asking you to think of your heart as an engine─the engine that keeps your body running. Just as you do routine maintenance on your car engine, there is “maintenance” you can do on your heart. So, how do you keep your heart engine running? First and foremost, exercise. Getting active is the best way to keep your heart…

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Cholesterol and Your Child

11/13/2013 | Everyday WellnessPlay and ExerciseSafety & PreventionDiabetes & EndocrinologyHeart

As adults, we know we need to watch our cholesterol in order to maintain good health. But did you know that children can have high cholesterol, too? As a parent, you can take steps today to monitor your child’s cholesterol and reduce your child’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease later in life. How Do I Know if My Child Has High Cholesterol? Your child can have a simple blood to screen cholesterol levels during their annual well-child doctor’s visit.  This test, also…

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Automated External Defibrillator

08/15/2013

Automated External Defibrillator / Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Each year approximately 715,000 Americans have a heart attack and roughly 600,000 people die from heart disease. Many of these victims die due to sudden cardiac arrest. With Automated External Defibrillator (AED) /Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification, you could be the 1 person that saves their life. What is AED/CPR? An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the…

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