A stroke survivor shares her story to empower other women with information and support. By the American Heart Association A week before her college graduation, a severe headache and numbness in her left arm sent Lisa Deck to the hospital. She never dreamed she could be having a stroke. At first neither did the doctors. […]
Catching familial hypercholesterolemia early can save lives By Heather Stringer Katherine Wilemon was 15 when she discovered that she was living with extremely high cholesterol levels in her blood. At the time, she and her doctors had no idea how seriously this would put her life at risk as she grew up. Katherine had gone […]
Surprising symptoms of heart disease behind the bedroom door By Laxmi Mehta, MD You feel it when that special someone walks into the room. Your heart begins racing; butterflies swirl around in your stomach. It’s that little thing called love. Of course, being in love makes you feel amazing, but there are scientific studies to […]
If you have high cholesterol, you might have an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Your doctor may have recommended healthy lifestyle changes and medications called statins. These drugs are designed to reduce cholesterol that’s too high. A couple of examples include Lipitor® (atorvastatin) and Crestor® (rosuvastatin). Established guidelines can help you and your […]
By the American Heart Association Do you take birth control? Or are you pregnant or planning to become pregnant? Using some form of hormonal birth control and starting a family are important parts of many women’s life experiences. But both birth control and pregnancy can affect your heart health. This is especially true if you […]
Ischemia is a temporary condition in which the heart doesn’t receive enough blood to do its job properly. When this happens you might feel chest pain known as angina. You might, however, feel no symptoms at all—this is known as silent ischemia. The partial reduction in blood flow to the heart during ischemia is probably […]
“It is important for young women in their twenties and thirties to take simple steps to prevent heart disease.”
For many of us, heart health is an after-thought—featured somewhere in the list of overall wellness concerns we consider throughout our busy days, but hardly playing a starring role.
By Katie Morell Think back to the last day you did not make a to-do list. Are you at a loss? If so, you are like most women: perpetually busy and often stressed. “Stress is an issue for women; they are struggling with more than one career,” says Deepak Chopra, MD, world-renown author, internal medicine […]
It’s never too early to start thinking about heart health: Often considered a risk for the elderly, heart attacks can affect younger and middle-aged women.
Do you know the warning signs of a stroke? According to a recently published study, many U.S. women don’t. This puts us as greater risk of permanent damage, as early recognition and prompt treatment is the most effective way to prevent long-term complications from a stroke. Stroke is a major health concern for both U.S. […]
Some pregnant women develop high blood pressure during pregnancy. Left unmanaged this condition can be dangerous for you and your baby, so it’s important to understand your risks and how to manage them.
The same healthy lifestyle choices that can help prevent heart disease and stroke can also help maintain healthy brain function.
Today Katherine spends time volunteering in James’s pre-kindergarten class and is passionate about giving inspirational speeches of hope and raising awareness among women about strokes.
According to a recent study from researchers in Sweden, women who go through menopause early may have a higher risk of heart failure. These findings, recently published in the journal Menopause, also indicated that this risk is even higher among women who smoke or have ever smoked.
As marijuana increasingly enters our national dialogue—whether for legal recreational use or medical use—it’s time to consider the health effects of the drug. Whereas we understand the long- and short-term risks of other commonly use substances, such as alcohol and tobacco, marijuana’s health effects are less widely understood.