Posts Tagged: heart health

Hypertension, are you at risk?

Hypertension: What are the signs and are you at risk? Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure (HBP), is the consistent high force of blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels and eventually decreasing the efficiency of the heart. Normal blood pressure level is considered 120/80. Blood pressure measurements higher than 130/90 are considered high blood pressure or…
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Survivor story: Bob Valvano

Seven years ago, Bob Valvano was getting ready to head to Connecticut to call a basketball game for ESPN. He didn’t feel great as he walked through Louisville’s airport, but he told himself he was just having stomach troubles and would be fine. Just as he was about to go through security, he realized he…
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COVID-19’s impact on heart health

Despite what it might feel like, we’re still early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, so we don’t know yet what the long-term impacts of the virus will be. As a cardiac surgeon, I am worried about what COVID-19 is doing to heart cells. Studies show the virus is attacking heart cells similar to what it’s…
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Know the signs of a heart attack

February is American Heart Month. While focusing on heart health it is important to learn the signs of a heart attack while taking precautions to lower your risk. Early Heart Attack symptoms Shortness of breath Heartburn Discomfort or pain in upper body- chest, arms, back, neck or jaw Lower Your Risk Eat a healthy diet…
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What is an EKG?

Often when a patient is referred to a cardiologist, an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is also required. But don’t worry, this test is not hard to do and it won’t hurt. So what is an EKG exactly? An EKG is a painless test that is used to record the heart’s electrical activity to look for…
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