Heart Disease Articles

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


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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Learn the Effects of Heart Disease and How to Lower Your Risk Factors.


Q. What is heart disease? A. Heart disease is a term that also includes several different heart conditions, including heart failure.  More common conditions are coronary artery disease (CAD), which occurs when the arteries supplying blood to the heart become hardened and narrowed due to plaques caused by fats, cholesterol and other lipids. This narrowing is called artherosclerosis. This buildup of plaque can result in angina, causing pain and discomfort in the chest because the heart isn’t…

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Heart Attack Symptoms: Men vs. Women

02/25/2013 | Cardiovascular

Heart disease is often thought about as a man’s disease, but recent studies show that heart disease is actually the number one killer of women in America. February is American Heart Association Month and the perfect time to show your sweetheart how much you care by learning to recognize the symptoms of heart attack in yourself and your significant other. According to the National Institute for Health, major symptoms prior to their heart attack include: For Women Unusual fatigue Sleep disturbance…

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Be Good To Your Heart

02/14/2012 | Cardiovascular

You know that chocolate, wine and romance will win over your Valentine, but did you also know they make your heart happy? It’s true! Certain foods, and even feeling happy and less stressed help keep your heart healthy. There are many other ways you can help prevent heart disease and avoid heart attack or stroke. Show your heart some love: talk to your healthcare provider today and learn the steps to prevent heart disease. Matters of The Heart You can’t control some risk factors of heart…

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Go Red for Women and Prevent Heart Disease

02/01/2012 | Cardiovascular

Feb 3 and all month long, people all across the country will wear red to show their support for women’s heart health. National Wear Red Day began in 2002 to raise awareness about heart disease and remind women of the need to protect their heart health. Created by The Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease, wearing red has become the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness. IU Health, in partnership with the American Heart Association stresses…

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Health Tips: Skip the Excess Salt

12/14/2011 | Cardiovascular

Salt is an essential mineral and helps regulate many of your body’s natural processes, like balancing of sugar levels, allowing for better nutrient absorption and regulating blood pressure. As with most things, however, too much salt and sodium in your diet can cause many problems and be a danger to your health. Too much sodium in the body has been linked to increased risk of stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure and cardiovascular death. It is recommended adults get roughly a teaspoon…

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IU Health Encourages Hoosiers to Take Control of Their Heart Health

03/02/2011 | Cardiovascular

INDIANAPOLIS - It's time for a heart-to-heart about your health. Since heart disease remains the nation's number one killer, Indiana University Health Cardiovascular wants Hoosiers to learn the signs and take control of their heart health. "Heart attacks used to be a worry for men and women in their 50s and beyond, but I see heart attacks now in people of all ages," said Dr. Richard Kovacs, a cardiologist with IU Health. "I see an increasing number of heart attack patients in their 30s and…

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