American Heart Month, celebrated every year during February, is an ideal time to remind us to focus on our hearts and encourage us to get our families, friends, and communities involved in mindful heart health. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in the world with more than 17 million deaths every year. Heart disease can often be prevented with healthy life choices. Communities, health … [Read more...] about American Heart Month – Love Your Heart!
Countless Americans deal with high blood pressure every day. But, when do the effects of hypertension require a visit to the emergency room? Extremely high blood pressure can cause severe life-threatening issues including stroke, aneurysms, heart attacks, and heart failure. Causes of Hypertension Situations that can cause hypertensive emergencies include: Forgetting to take your blood pressure medication Worsening kidney failure An interaction between medications or supplements … [Read more...] about Blood Pressure Emergencies
It’s true that chest pain shouldn’t be ignored, but it’s also true that it can be caused by things that are not actually life-threatening. So when chest pain strikes, how do you know if you should make a trip to the ER? The truth is there really aren’t any hard fast rules In fact, up to 30% of heart attacks include symptoms that actually go unnoticed by the patient. This makes coming up with a solid set of guidelines pretty much impossible. So, when in doubt, seek emergency care right away. … [Read more...] about Chest Pain… When Is It An Emergency?