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Maintaining A Healthy Heart: What Is Metabolic Syndrome

June 1, 2016

Metabolic_Syndrome.jpgMetabolic Syndrome is a combination of chronic conditions that, when a person is diagnosed with, can significantly increase their likelihood of developing serious forms of heart disease. The American Heart Association describes it as a “serious health condition that affects about 34 percent of adults and places them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and diseases related to fatty buildups in artery walls.”

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart: Avoiding Venous Thromboembolism

May 25, 2016

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is a blood clot that forms inside of a vein which can cause a number of  serious, life-threatening conditions. (1) Between different types of VTE, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that “60,000-100,000 Americans die” and “10 to 30% of people will die within one month of diagnosis.” (2)

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart: Managing Peripheral Artery Disease

May 18, 2016

“Peripheral artery disease (also called peripheral arterial disease) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs.” (1) It is estimated that “approximately 8 million people in the United States have PAD, including 12-20% of individuals older than age 60.” (2)

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart: What Is Pericarditis?

May 11, 2016

The heart muscle is surrounded by a fluid-filled sac with two layers of tissue that serve to protect and hold the heart in place. Pericarditis occurs when the two layers of tissue making up the pericardium become inflamed. This condition is dangerous for the heart and should be treated under the care of a physician as soon as possible.

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart: How To Avoid Sudden Cardiac Arrest

May 4, 2016

In 2013 the American Heart Association found that there were 359,400 incidence of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) that took place outside of a hospital. Of these cases, they found that there was only a 9.5% overall survival rate. SCA occurs when the heart develops an abnormal pattern of beating, known as arrhythmias, which can causes it to suddenly stop beating. Without the delivery of oxygenated blood to the body, a person can die within minutes of the heart ceasing to beat.

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart: Avoiding Heart Failure

April 27, 2016

“About 5.1 million people in the United States have heart failure.” (1) Heart failure is a condition where the heart muscle becomes weak over time and struggles to pump blood to the lungs for oxygen and/or struggles to pump oxygenated blood to the body.

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart - How To Avoid A Heart Attack

April 20, 2016

“In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 43 seconds,” according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC.) (1) A heart attack occurs when the heart is unable to receive oxygen due to a blockage. When a block like this occurs, it prohibits the artery from delivering oxygen-rich blood to the heart. (2)

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart - How To Avoid A Stroke

April 13, 2016

“Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 of every 20 deaths,” according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC.) A stroke occurs when an artery that is designed to carry oxygen-rich blood to the brain becomes blocked. When the brain is not able to receive this blood flow, it is not able to receive oxygen.

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart With High Cholesterol

April 6, 2016

High Cholesterol is a chronic disease that affects 73.5 million adult Americans (31.7% according to the CDC.) The Center for Disease Control (CDC) describes it: “As cholesterol builds up in the arteries, they begin to narrow, which lessens or blocks the flow of blood.” Those living with high cholesterol have twice the risk of developing heart disease than a person who does not.

Heart disease is no small issue. We at Grassroots Medical are passionate about raising awareness of heart health. We will do so by continuing in a blog series that is devoted to discussing the many factors of heart disease and their long-term health risks. Today the focus is on high cholesterol.

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart With High Blood Pressure

March 30, 2016

High blood pressure is a common disease in which blood flows through blood vessels (arteries) at higher than normal pressures.” The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that roughly 29% of Americans have been diagnosed with High Blood Pressure - that’s 1 in 3 adults. Within this approximate calculation of 70 million citizens, only half have their condition under control. These statistics are staggering for two reason:

1) High blood pressure is one of the leading risk factors that can causes heart disease.

2) 1 out of every 4 deaths in the United States is caused by a form of heart disease, according to the CDC.

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