Heart Health

Heart palpitations can be frightening. If you are getting them, should you be concerned or not?

Denial Can Be Deadly... According to the dictionary, denial, psychologically-speaking, means “a condition in which someone will not admit that something sad, painful, etc., is true or real.”  In cardiology, denial refers to a fairly common habit among patients to admit that they have a heart problem. Such denial can be deadly! Know how to recognize these symptoms of heart attack...

Over the years in my cardiology practice, I encountered many patients with psoriasis, a chronic, autoimmune disease that can develop on any part of the body. The most common form appears as raised, red patches and a silvery buildup of dead skin cells. As many as 7.5 million Americans have the condition, which researchers say puts them at higher risk of diabetes and heart disease.

What is mitral valve prolapse?

Mitral valve prolapse is a fairly common medical problem that is the focus of some controversy and even confusion among both physicians and those who suffer from it. There is at the same time less to it and more to it than at first appears. Mitral valve prolapse is named for a heart valve and is usually first diagnosed as a faint heart "click" or murmur, though it isn't a form of "heart disease" in any conventional sense. It's a relatively benign condition, though it is linked to a confusing array of seemingly unrelated symptoms, from shortness of breath to panic attacks. Mitral valve prolapse is generally the most benign of the various types of heart murmurs, and is probably genetic in origin. It is the most common valvular disorder in industrialized nations at the present, since the risk of heart murmurs from rheumatic fever has been reduced. Mitral valve prolapse is thought to affect five percent of the population, or nearly seven million people, though the number of borderline cases may be much higher.

A Short Fuse Shortens Your Life! Anger can get you into cardiovascular trouble, and deep trouble at that.

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. − Mark Twain

Mark Twain was right. Anger can do you big time harm.

It is the repressed experience of early childhood heartbreak that sets the stage for heart disease…” – Heartbreak and Heart Disease (1999)

We can’t put our fingers on it, but we know that love is good for us, whether it be romantic love, or love for family members, friends, or pets, that open-hearted feeling simultaneously fills us with vitality and peace. Most of us, at one point or another, also experience a tragic side of love… heartache, or the emotional pain we feel when we lose a vital connection with another being.

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