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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From story to art: Healing the hole in Heidi’s heart

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 Heidi Easley and Laragh Gallagher met — at the intersection of art and medicine. Heidi Easley always been a creative spirit. But even as an artist and …

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Works of Heart: Bringing patient stories to life through art

Your heart is the organ that keeps you alive, keeps your blood pumping and your body going. Every day, the average human heart beats roughly 100,000 times, faithfully pumping 2,000 gallons of blood through your body. But have you ever thought of your heart as a work of art? At Baylor Scott & White Health, …

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How this woman’s smartwatch detected her hidden heart arrhythmia

Wearable devices and smartwatches have many practical uses, but did you know they can help detect heart problems lurking beneath the surface? 75-year-old Elizabeth Turner loves gadgets — a love that may have saved her life. Her daily workouts include weights and circuit training, yoga, Zumba and playing golf with her husband, all of which …

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Demystifying thoracic outlet syndrome: What you need to know

Imagine yourself in this scenario: The fingers on your left hand are numb. There’s pain off and on in your shoulder and neck. Your grip is suddenly weak, almost as if your muscles are wasting away. And yet, the doctors tell you there’s nothing wrong. Eventually, you start to wonder if it might all be …

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Blood clots: The scary side of holiday travel

Whether you’ll be boarding a plane, hopping on a train or getting behind the wheel, you’ll likely be one of the millions of Americans joining the annual holiday travel rush. You’ve probably checked off the typical items on your preparation to-do list: making travel arrangements, buying gifts, finding a pet sitter, packing your suitcase and …

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28-year-old woman with rare heart disorder dedicates career to saving others’ hearts

Chelsea Morris has a passion for fixing hearts. If you happen to see her working at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, it’s hard not to notice her joyful spirit and infectious smile. But behind her positive personality, she has a serious heart condition. At the age of 12, Chelsea was …

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