Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): What happens when blood can’t flow to your legs

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is one of the most common circulatory issues for Americans. According to the American Heart Association, more than 8.5 million people have PAD. People with the worst form of PAD are at risk for an amputation. “Peripheral” refers to “away from the heart, in the outer regions,” such as the legs. … Continue reading Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): What happens when blood can’t flow to your legs

Stress and high blood pressure: What’s the connection?

Did you know that increased levels of stress can cause your body to release certain hormones? These hormones can temporarily raise your blood pressure by narrowing the size of your arteries and causing your heart to beat faster. Though stress alone has not been linked to long-term blood pressure elevation, reacting to stress in unhealthy ways … Continue reading Stress and high blood pressure: What’s the connection?

Why you can’t ignore heart attack symptoms

We’ve all been encouraged to stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19. But a concerning new trend has risen amongst emergency care physicians and cardiologists. Hospitals across the country are seeing fewer patients with heart attack symptoms — not because fewer heart attacks are occurring, but because when they do, people are delaying seeking … Continue reading Why you can’t ignore heart attack symptoms

Heart condition? What you need to know about COVID-19

Update: In addition to cough, fever and shortness of breath, possible symptoms of COVID-19 have been expanded to also include sore throat, weakness, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of smell or taste, and chills. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please access the free screening questionnaire via MyBSWHealth. Although the COVID-19 virus has not … Continue reading Heart condition? What you need to know about COVID-19