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What to expect when you go to the ED with stroke symptoms

If you or a loved one is experiencing stroke symptoms, it’s time to get to the emergency department—ASAP. That’s because if there’s a blood clot in the brain, the longer the blood flow and oxygenation to the brain are affected, the sooner that tissue can die. When stroke physicians say, “time is brain,” their goal …

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How exercise can improve your blood pressure

If you have it, this article concerns your least favorite subject. The ever-looming elephant in many of our rooms—high blood pressure. The medical condition known as high blood pressure (HBP), or hypertension, is simply when the long-term force of blood against one’s artery walls is consistently too high. Commonly referred to as the silent killer, …

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The heart disease risk factor you probably haven’t heard of: Lipoprotein (a)

True or false? If you’ve eaten “heart-healthy” your whole life and exercise daily, you’re not at any risk for a heart attack. The answer: False.   A few years ago, Bob Harper, a trainer from reality TV show “The Biggest Loser,” had a heart attack at 52 years old. But how? Wasn’t he healthy and active? Turns out, right under his nose—and the noses of many others—another powerful …

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What if we could stop heart problems before they start? With preventive cardiology, we can

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in both men and women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 36 seconds, an American dies from cardiovascular disease. But lifestyle modifications, like diet and exercise, can make a world of a difference in reducing your risk for heart …

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Too much of a good thing? Competitive athletes face higher risk of irregular heartbeat

Every two years, we watch world-class athletes compete in the Olympic Games. These superb competitors are at the top of their game physically. They are role models for competitive athletes who dedicate themselves to intensive exercise to achieve personal fitness highs. They appear to be the epitome of health—but looks can sometimes be deceiving. Conventional …

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The alarming heart disease crisis facing the South Asian community

It’s well known that heart disease is a major health issue across the U.S. In fact, it’s the leading cause of death for all Americans. But you may be surprised to learn that South Asians are more likely to die of heart disease when compared to other ethnic groups. The high prevalence of heart disease …

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How electrophysiology has revolutionized care for heart rhythm disorders

Many patients diagnosed with arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) are referred to an electrophysiologist for evaluation and treatment. You may find yourself asking, “What is an electrophysiologist and what do they do?” As an EP—the term commonly used to refer to electrophysiology—I often find myself describing my specialty to patients and explaining to them how I might …

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Innovating heart health by connecting research and clinical care

Meet Drs. Gray and Mack — two physicians who have dedicated their lives to taking care of people’s hearts. They’re part of a cardiovascular research team that’s woven across Baylor Scott & White and has for years spearheaded changes and improvements in how heart and lung conditions are treated. We sat down with this duo …

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Women and heart disease: The surprising links you may not know

If you asked the average person to describe what a heart attack looks like, chances are they would picture a middle-aged man grabbing his chest. This is the quintessential image of a person experiencing a heart attack, and while this often does occur, it doesn’t tell the whole story.  For starters, almost as many women …

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How to exercise for heart health at home

In the era of COVID-19, many people face new challenges in remaining active. It is well known that exercise and an active lifestyle greatly reduces risk factors for and risk of developing cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 cause of death in the US. However, many traditional methods of exercise are now inaccessible (gyms, sporting groups, cardiac rehabilitations, etc.).  …

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