How to Educate Your Loved Ones About Heart Disease and Stroke

How to Educate Your Loved Ones About Heart Disease and Stroke

If you have heart disease or even just heart disease risk factors, you have probably been told that you and your healthcare providers are part of a “team.” But that leaves out some pretty important teammates: your family and friends. Whether it’s helping you adjust to a more heart-healthy lifestyle or knowing the warning signs and how to respond to a heart attack or stroke, your loved ones can have a significant impact on your physical and emotional health in the years ahead.

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    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    What Should You Do When the Diagnosis is Prediabetes?

    Watching your blood glucose (sugar) levels is critical if you’re trying to avoid type 2 diabetes and the cardiovascular complications that can accompany it. But if your levels rise to the point your doctor informs you that you have prediabetes, what’s your next move?

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  • Thyroid Gland

    Prevention

    Manage Hyperthyroidism to Prevent Cardiac Complications

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    A diagnosis of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) means having to be “hyper aware” of the potential health complications stemming from this condition. Your little thyroid gland affects almost every aspect of your health, including your metabolism and nervous system. One...

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  • Nutrition Facts Label

    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    What to Look for When You’re Reading Nutrition Facts Labels

    Pay close attention to serving sizes, calories, and sodium content to make heart-smart decisions at the grocery store.

    Reading nutrition facts labels isn’t that difficult, and indeed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is trying to make the information on those labels even clearer. Still, if you’re trying to make heart-healthy food purchases, it’s important to know what...

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    Core Exercises

    Fewer, Longer Workouts Vs. Shorter, More Frequent Training

    You know you should exercise regularly. Maybe your doctor has recommended at least 30 to 40 minutes a day of brisk walking with some strength training mixed in. But what if your schedule, your body, or your best intentions just aren’t getting you to the gym every day? Can you...

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  • News Line Heart Beat

    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Heart Beat: May 2017

    Whether your diet is too high in unhealthy foods or simply lacks enough healthy items, you may be putting yourself at risk of becoming part of a very disturbing statistic. According to research published recently in JAMA, eating a diet lacking in healthy foods and/or one that is...

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  • Michael Rocco, MD

    Risks and Symptoms

    Ask the Doctors: May 2017

    After more than 20 years I finally quit smoking a year ago. I know I feel better, but can any of the damage that smoking did to my heart or blood vessels ever be undone? I have type 2 diabetes treated with metformin and a history of a coronary stent. I have recently heard that...

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  • Heart Advisor: May 2017

    Heart Failure

    Download the Full May 2017 Issue PDF

    If you have heart disease or even just heart disease risk factors, you have probably been told that you and your healthcare providers are part of a “team.” But that leaves out some pretty important teammates: your family and friends. Whether it’s helping you adjust...

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