Heart

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Blood clot or not? How to recognize the signs

When Bennett Glazer’s shortness of breath wouldn’t go away after a few months, he knew something was off. He had also developed a mild cough and was having trouble sleeping, all unusual symptoms for this fit 74-year-old. Others also noticed that he seemed more breathless than usual when walking or going up a flight of …

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From story to art: How her smartwatch saved her life

Our patients inspire us to get better at our craft every day. Inspired by their stories, we challenged local artists to create unique works of heart. That’s how Elizabeth Turner and Raynor Bearden met — at the intersection of art and medicine. At 76, Elizabeth Turner is more active than most people half her age. Her …

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Arthritis and heart disease: The surprisingly strong link

Other than both being potentially serious conditions affecting millions of people, osteoarthritis and heart disease may not seem to have that much in common. Osteoarthritis causes pain and stiffness in the joints, while heart disease impacts the heart and blood vessels. Musculoskeletal system versus circulatory system. Separate issues, right? Actually, there is a relationship between …

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After heart transplant, 24-year-old making every beat count

When then 22-year-old Kennedy Ngungutau began experiencing symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath and intense coughing, he realized he was very sick. He soon learned that his heart had been attacked by a virus a year earlier, causing it to grow weak. To his surprise, Kennedy was diagnosed with heart failure. Two months later, he …

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Your heart on your wrist: How wearables are changing heart care

Over the past decade, our digital capabilities have advanced at an extraordinary pace. Miniaturization of processors and smart algorithms have made it possible to create tools we only dreamed about in the past — and put them right at our fingertips or on our wrists. Today, we can say that the realm of consumer electronics …

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