How Well Do You Know Your Heart Health Facts and Figures?
To improve your cardiovascular health, make it a point to learn your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose level, and body mass index. Then make sure you know the targets for those factors and how to reach them.

How Well Do You Know Your Heart Health Facts and Figures?

A recent Cleveland Clinic survey suggests that many Americans have misconceptions about cardiovascular health in general, and their own numbers in particular.

You read Heart Advisor, pay attention to news about health and medical issues, and you listen to your cardiologist. But how much do you really know about cardiovascular health and your own key heart health numbers?

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  • cardiac catheterization lab

    Surgery and Devices

    Pacemaker Implants Common After Valve Repair/Replacement

    Valve surgery can sometimes affect the electrical activity in the heart, creating the need for a device to keep the heart beating with a steady rhythm.

    The rates at which Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgery patients require implantable devices, such as pace- makers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) after their operations remains low, despite an aging population. That’s according to a study by Clinic doctors...

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  • High-Intensity Satin

    Prevention

    Understand When High-Intensity Statins Are the Right Choice

    Cholesterol-lowering statins are effective and generally safe, but the right dose for you depends on a number of factors, including lifestyle.

    If you’re on a statin, take a look at the type of statin and the dosage. Is the dosage high, moderate, or low? Is your statin considered one of the more powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs or is it a mild version of this widely prescribed class of medications?

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  • Heart Attack Word Web

    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Don’t Wait for Symptoms of a Heart Attack to Know Your Risk

    The better you know your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, family history and other risk factors, the better you can predict your risk of heart disease.

    For too many people, a heart attack is their first clue that they have heart disease. Or for people who perhaps knew they had risk factors for heart disease but didn’t realize how serious their condition was, symptoms of a heart attack serve as late wake-up call that...

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  • cardiomyopathy

    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Understand the Different Types and Causes of Cardiomyopathy

    These conditions can sometimes lead to heart failure and other serious cardiac conditions. Seeing the right specialist is important.

    You may know cardiomyopathy as a type of heart disease. But it’s actually more than that. Cardiomyopathy is really a group of diseases affecting the heart muscle. There are several kinds of cardiomyopathies, and each one has its own set of possible causes and outcomes. One of...

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  • Illustration of the hearts SA node

    Heart Failure

    Is a Slow Heart Rate as Big a Risk to Your Health as a Fast One?

    A slow heart rate, known as bradycardia, can lead to fainting and other complications. But without symptoms, it may not need treatment.

    You know that a very fast heart rate (tachycardia) can cause numerous symptoms, including fainting. In some cases, it leads to cardiac arrest. But what if your heart rate is slower than normal, a condition called bradycardia? It’s more common among older adults, and it carries...

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  • Catheter Ablation

    Risks and Symptoms

    What You Don’t Know About Atrial Fibrillation Could Hurt You

    Many women have never heard of this common arrhythmia or know how dangerous it can be.

    Atrial fibrillation (afib) is the most common arrhythmia in the world, yet many women know nothing about it. Afib is a disturbance in the heart’s electrical system that causes the heart to beat irregularly. Although both men and women can be affected, women with afib tend to...

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  • Ice Water with Fruit

    Diet, Exercise and Supplements

    What You Need to Know to Cut Back on Your Sugar Intake

    How sweet it is to have alternatives, but retraining your taste buds may be your best bet in preventing obesity and type 2 diabetes.

    Do you wonder if you are eating too much sugar? That’s a tough question to answer. Guidelines on sugar intake should be taken with a grain of salt. (Sorry)! A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that some studies used to write sugar-intake guidelines were paid...

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  • Happy Family

    Coronary Artery Disease

    Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?

    Knowing your risk will give you the power to prevent a heart attack.

    Coronary artery disease (CAD), the disease that leads to heart attack, used to be considered a man’s disease. That’s because estrogen helps prevent CAD, making heart attacks unusual in younger women. But after menopause, when estrogen levels decline, the risk of CAD...

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  • Michael Rocco, MD

    Surgery and Devices

    Ask the Doctors: April 2017

    I have heart failure and am currently taking a number of medications. I am doing pretty well. I have heard that there is a new medication that can improve my life expectancy. How do I know if it is right for me? I’m 83 and have low blood pressure. I was just prescribed...

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  • Heart Failure

    Women's Heart Advisor Ask The Doctors: April 2017

    I’m a 37-year-old woman who reads Heart Advisor, because I subscribed for my mother and stepfather. I find it very educational, because I am interested in doing everything I can to lower my risk of heart disease after losing my father to a heart attack way too young. Recently...

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  • Heart Advisor: April 2017

    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Download the Full April 2017 Issue PDF

    For too many people, a heart attack is their first clue that they have heart disease. Or for people who perhaps knew they had risk factors for heart disease but didn’t realize how serious their condition was, symptoms of a heart attack serve as late wake-up call that...

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