heart health

Dancing as therapy: After stroke, husband and wife rediscover love for dance

For Hsujeng and Amy Liu, dancing has always been their love language. They met while dancing at a birthday party in 1976 and have been dancing through life together ever since. “He was a gentleman, which was extremely rare on the dance floor,” Amy said. “It also helped that he was a good dancer.” When …

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5 common myths about heart failure

About 6.2 million adults in the U.S. are living with heart failure. Considering how common it is, you may think you know heart failure, but let’s put your knowledge to the test. It’s time to bust the five most common myths and misconceptions I hear about heart failure. 1. Heart failure is when your heart has stopped beating. …

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Family history: 6 questions to ask your family during the holidays

Thanksgiving and Christmas will be very different this year. The familiar sights of holiday traffic, crowded airports and families gathered around the table will be replaced with smaller household gatherings and virtual dinners. Last week, more than 1 million cases of COVID-19 were reported throughout the U.S., prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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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. …

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA): What you need to know

If you have ever seen a bulge in the side of a bicycle tire, you already have a good idea of what an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) looks like inside the body. The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body and supplies oxygen-rich blood to the head, neck, chest and abdomen before splitting …

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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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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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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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