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 and/or loss of smell. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please access the free screening questionnaire via MyBSWHealth. Although the COVID-19 virus has not been shown to … 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

Food as Medicine: Why diet is the foundation for a healthy heart

Across the medical landscape, doctors are increasingly finding new ways to empower their patients to take charge of their health through diet. Given the well-documented link between your eating habits and your health, it’s no surprise to see food being elevated as a form of “medicine” — sometimes, food is the best prescription. If food … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Why diet is the foundation for a healthy heart

From story to art: After heart attack, Tom is living life to the fullest

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 Tom Henry and Felix Sockwell met — at the intersection of art and medicine. If you were to ask Tom Henry what gets him out of bed in … Continue reading From story to art: After heart attack, Tom is living life to the fullest