Tag Archives: heart disease
By Amy Smith | Published January 7, 2014
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions- Increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels-that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Having just one of these conditions doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome. However, any of these conditions increase your risk of serious disease. If more than one of these conditions occur in combination, your risk is even greater.
Getting more physical activity, losing weight and quitting smoking help reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels. These changes are key to decreasing your risk for chronic long term illness.
1. Exercise Doctors recommend getting 30 or more minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as a brisk walking, every day.
2. Lose weight Losing as little as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can reduce insulin levels and blood pressure and decrease your risk of diabetes.
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By Amy Smith | Published December 31, 2013
Heart failure also known as congestive heart failure occurs when your heart muscle doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. Conditions such as narrowed arteries in your heart (coronary artery disease) or high blood pressure untreated over a period of time gradually leave your heart to weak or stiff to fill and pump well or as normal.
Signs of CHF Shortness of breath, Fatigue and weakness, Swelling of your legs or feet, Rapid or irregular heartbeat, Reduced ability to exercise, persistent cough or wheezing, increased need to urinate at night, swelling of your abdomen, sudden weight gain for no reason no change in diet habits, Lack of appetite and nausea, elevated blood pressure, and even chest pain.
When to see a doctor
See your doctor if you think you might be experiencing signs or symptoms of heart failure. Seek emergency treatment if you experience any of the following:
Fainting or severe weakness
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