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?

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

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 … Continue reading Arthritis and heart disease: The surprisingly strong link

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 … Continue reading Your heart on your wrist: How wearables are changing heart care