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4 Characteristics of Heart Transplant Candidates

Patients with chronic heart failure may be candidates for heart transplant. Heart transplant can be an excellent option for improving quality of life for individuals under the age of 65 who suffer from advanced heart problems. If you think you may be a candidate for heart transplant, first consider … Read More

When Is Arrhythmia Considered “Serious”?

Arrhythmias are irregular heartbeat rhythms that can occur when the heart’s natural electrical system doesn’t function properly, disrupting the normal heart rhythm. Arrhythmias can be identified by symptoms such as a racing or fluttering heartbeat, chest pain, an abnormally slow heartbeat, dizziness or fainting (syncope). While arrhythmias are … Read More

How Cardiac Rehabilitation Can Help You Recover from Heart Disease

Individuals with a history of myocardial infarction, more commonly known as a heart attack, or other cardiovascular conditions are encouraged to participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program. Cardiac rehabilitation through Seton Healthcare Family’s Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program can be an excellent way to learn more about … Read More

5 Tips for Lowering Your Cholesterol Levels

High levels of cholesterol can congest your arteries and lead to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. When it comes to reducing your cholesterol, you may be surprised by how simple it can be to achieve better cardiovascular health through easy lifestyle changes. Here are five tips … Read More

What Does It Take to Become a Cardiologist?

Cardiology is one of the most challenging professions for doctors to gain credentialing in, since a cardiologist’s work involves diagnosing potentially serious heart and blood vessel diseases and conditions. As such, becoming a cardiologist requires significant training and special qualifications. The First Steps to Becoming a Cardiologist At the … Read More

3 Common Heart Problems in Young Adults

While many people may assume that cardiovascular problems only affect middle-aged to elderly men and women, poor heart health can afflict young adults as well. Here is a closer look at three of the most common heart problems affecting young adults. 1. Arrhythmia A heart arrhythmia is an … Read More

Heart Tests after Syncope

Syncope, more commonly referred to as fainting, is a temporary loss of consciousness often linked to insufficient blood flow to the brain. While at times, fainting is relatively harmless, it can also indicate a deeper underlying risk or condition. Why Heart Health Affects Syncope One cause of fainting is … Read More

What Causes High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, occurs when the pressure caused by blood pushing against the blood vessel walls becomes greater than normal. While most people with high blood pressure will have no symptoms for many years, the condition is dangerous because it can cause the arteries to … Read More

10 Components of a Heart Healthy Diet

Fueling your body with heart healthy foods is the first step in preventing cardiovascular disease. Here are some of the most essential components of a heart healthy diet: 1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such certain fish, nuts or beans, can reduce your risk … Read More