Risks and Symptoms


Heart Attack Symptoms Women Shouldn't Ignore

Heart trouble can easily be confused with other ailments, like indigestion. Check out our symptom decoder so you don't miss any warning signs.   View slideshow

How Lack of Sleep Hurts Your Health

Sleep is good for you. So what happens when age-old culprits like insomnia or sleep apnea—or newer ones like a jam-packed schedule—cause you to lose sleep? That’s right, they may affect your health—particularly your heart.  Read More

Deep Vein Thrombosis: I Thought It Was Just a Sprained Ankle

Melissa Daly's simple injury turned into a life-threatening problem: deep vein thrombosis. Here's what went wrong, and how to keep this from happening to you.  Read More


12 Ways to Fight Stress and Help Your Heart

Relax! You can help your heart by learning how to de-stress, chill out, and let it go. Here are 12 ways to get yourself closer to the Zen zone.   View slideshow

How Stress Can Break Your Heart—Literally

Broken heart syndrome can look and feel like a heart attack
"Broken heart syndrome" is a heart condition triggered by stress that looks and feels like a heart attack. Although broken heart syndrome is relatively rare, the number of people experiencing it appears to be on the rise.  Read More


9 Surprising Heart Attack Risks

Here we outline nine factors that may put people at risk specifically for heart attack, not just heart disease.   View slideshow

What Puts You at Risk for High Cholesterol?

Read why your total number matters less than your ratio
Blood cholesterol is a risk factor for coronary artery disease and heart attack, so reducing your risk of high cholesterol is a worthy goal. However, the next time you brag that your cholesterol is nice and low—or lament that your number is in the mid-200s—know this: "Your total cholesterol is a pretty meaningless number," says Maureen Mays, MD, a preventive cardiologist and lipid specialist at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland...  Read More

Coronary Artery Disease: Risks and Symptoms

Are you at risk for CAD?
If your arteries start collecting plaque, your heart may have trouble getting enough blood. And if blood flow runs low, the heart complains—with pain. This is often one of the first symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD)...  Read More

10 Risk Factors for Heart Disease

How to take charge of the things you can control
Some risk factors for heart disease can be controlled, and some can't. According to the American Heart Association, these are the leading factors that put you at risk for coronary artery disease or a heart attack...  Read More

Risks and Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

This silent, common syndrome is also highly preventable
About 65 million American adults—nearly one in three—have high blood pressure. In the United States, high blood pressure occurs more often in African Americans than in Caucasians...  Read More


5 Ways to Keep Pollution From Harming Your Heart

Breathing polluted air can decrease the heart’s electrical functioning in people with serious coronary artery disease. Avoiding air pollution can reduce the risk of heart attack, heart failure, and other complications, especially in patients who are recovering after being hospitalized, according to Diane R. Gold, MD, the study’s senior author and an associate professor of medicine and environmental health at Harvard. In fact, air pollution plays a major role in the heart’s health. Smoking is a well-documented culprit in heart disease, but a 2003 study by New York University researchers found that a nonsmoker living in a polluted city has about the same risk of dying of heart disease as a former smoker.  Read More


Dr. Robert Rosenson's Myths and Facts About Cholesterol

Dr. Robert Rosenson
Dr. Robert Rosenson
Cardiologist, University of Michigan
Q: Is the "total cholesterol" number my doctor talks about obsolete, or does it still have some value?

A: It has some relevance because, typically, the higher the cholesterol, the higher the bad cholesterol—but it also could be the higher the good cholesterol. And that’s why we focus on HDL and LDL cholesterol. By focusing on the total cholesterol, people can often be misled about their risk [for cardiovascular disease] being too high or too low. One can have total cholesterol of 175 and HDL cholesterol of 25 and be at incredibly high risk for a cardiovascular event. By contrast, one can have total cholesterol of 240 and HDL cholesterol of 65 and not be at increased risk. So it’s the components that comprise the total cholesterol that are important. Read More

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