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Why Heart Attack Signs Differ in Men and Women

Insight into how symptoms differ between men and women

Study: Heart Attack Patients Getting Younger, Fatter

Every year nearly three-quarters of a million Americans have a heart attack. Age and a family history of heart disease are two risk factors you can’t control, but the rest—like smoking, obesity and inactivity, among others—can be fixed. “It’s hard to say a percentage, but I would say about half of…

Essential Facts About Heart Failure

Contrary to popular belief, heart failure doesn’t mean that your heart suddenly stops beating. “Heart failure is when your heart cannot adequately deliver oxygen-rich blood to other organs,” says Ram Wadehra, MD, a cardiologist with Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey. It contributed to about 1 in 9 deaths in 2009….

What To Do If You Think You’re Having a Heart Attack

About 735,000 Americans have heart attacks each year, and, according to the American Heart Association, about 15% of them are fatal. But research shows that more than half of all heart attack victims put off getting help by more than two hours, and more than a quarter delay by six…

Questions and Answers About Atrial Fibrillation

What is atrial fibrillation (aFib)? Devender N. Akula, MD So the heart normally beats with a regular rate and rhythm. In atrial fibrillation, the top chambers of the heart beat irregularly. It’s something that we are seeing more commonly now and as people get older, it seems to happen more…

Questions and Answers About Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery

What is aortic valve replacement surgery? Steven J. Kernis, MD  The term surgery is not quite as easily defined today as it was many years ago. By definition surgery implies a procedure involving an incision, so the traditional surgery for valve replacement was called sternotomy, which is similar to bypass…

Questions and Answers About Blood Pressure

How often should I have my blood pressure checked? Hafeza Shaikh, DO on behalf of Lourdes Health System How often you should have your blood pressure checked depends on a couple of factors. If you ordinarily don’t have any other medical issues, then your blood pressure ideally should be checked at least…

Questions and Answers About Hypertension

How often should I check my blood pressure if I have hypertension? Hafeza Shaikh, DO  If you have hypertension (high blood pressure) you should have your blood pressure checked in a doctor’s office every few months. Your blood pressure can be checked with a primary care doctor or with a…

Questions and Answers About Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

What are the risks of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)? Steven J. Kernis, MD  Fortunately now in 2016, the risks that may occur during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) are the same or even less than the risks that may occur during surgical valve replacement. That wasn’t necessarily the case…

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