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What is Cardiac Catheterization?

Cardiac catheterization, also known as a coronary angiogram, allows cardiologists to see how well the heart is functioning. The insertion of a catheter into the chamber or vessel of the heart can be done for both investigational and interventional purposes. The clinical application of this procedure dates back to the early 1930’s and, to this day, has continued to provide doctors the insight needed to save or improve the lives of their patients. Read more »

CT Coronary Artery Calcium Score

A recent study conducted by researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine will help cardiologists to better predict cardiovascular risk and disease in adults at an intermediate risk for heart disease. The findings demonstrate that the measure of the coronary artery calcium score through the use of CT scanning is the most accurate prediction of heart related complications. Read more »

Coffee Fiend’s Rejoice: Coffee Could Help You Live Longer!

Are you a “coffee-holic,” someone who cannot go a single day without their steaming, or ice cold cup of coffee? Lucky for you, there seems to be truth to the term, a ‘healthy addiction.’ The latest research may not show a cause-and-effect relationship between coffee consumption and a significantly reduced percentage of premature deaths, but it will put coffee drinkers at ease knowing that they are not digging their own grave. Read more »

Common Household Chemical Dangerous for Heart Health?

A common household chemical has been deemed dangerous for your heart health; and it is more common than you think. According to researchers, slight traces of PFOA, also known as perfluorooctanoic acid, can be found in the bloodstream of 98% of Americans.  Read more »

Monitoring Your Heart Health: There’s An App for That!

Do you remember when the iPhone was first released?  People young and old camped outside of Apple stores nationwide waiting to get their hands on a piece of history. News stations reported the day as if a major event had occurred, changing the world as we know it. Who knew that the iPhone would do just that?

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Heart Disease: The Leading Cause of Death in Women

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in women by a staggering 25% in the United States. Unfortunately, the disease can go unnoticed, leaving family members questioning if they, too, will fall victim. Are you at risk? Read more »

The Heart of an Olympian

Cardiologists recommend daily exercise and physical activity to aid in overall health and well-being. Whether you choose to walk, run, or join a local cycling class, exercise will benefit you both physically and mentally. As the 2012 Olympics carry-on in London, Olympic athletes will compete to see if the many years of training will pay off—for their sake and the sake of their country. Read more »

Laugh a Little. Laugh a Lot. Your Heart Will Thank You

If this article started with a genuinely funny joke that made you laugh, are you aware of the impact that it would have on your entire body? There are many benefits of laughter that are long lasting and affect not only your mood but your health—heart health, mental health and your immune system to be exact. Read more »

Sleeping After a Meal – Dangerous for your Heart?

Our daily rituals comprise a large part of our day. From waking up in the morning to going to work and commuting home, it seems that all else comes before maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Although eating right and exercise will prove to be beneficial for your heart health, there is more that must be acknowledged to ensure that you are treating your body right. Read more »

Stick to “Red” for a Healthier Heart

Pursuing a healthy diet is much easier than you think—it tastes great, too. When it comes to choosing the best fruits and vegetables for your heart healthy lifestyle, the wide variety of products to choose from in the produce section of your local grocery store can be overwhelming. Scientists are now advising individuals to think “red” for a better heart, and better you. Read more »