The Link Between Hypertension and Heart Disease

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Guest blogger: Karen R.. Compliance, Quality and Clinical Program Specialist

High blood pressure (hypertension) is frequently referred to as the “silent killer.” It occurs when the blood within your blood vessels cannot travel freely, increasing pressure inside the vessel. High blood pressure can significantly increase your risks of developing other conditions, such as heart disease. Therefore, it is important to be diagnosed, obtain effective treatment and take the necessary steps to control your blood pressure to lower your risk of heart disease. You can increase your chances of effectively managing your hypertension by knowing the facts.  Continue reading

Heart Attack and Stroke: Symptoms & Helping a Victim

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Heart attack and stroke are life-and-death emergencies—every second counts. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense; but most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Sometimes, people are not sure what is wrong and wait too long before getting help. Learning the signs can help save a life. Continue reading

Take the Heart Health Awareness Month Challenge

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February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States1. This month, we want to empower you to make heart-healthy choices. Prevention starts with understanding the risks and making small lifestyle changes.

Together, we can fight back against heart disease and stroke. Participate in the Heart Health Challenge, and be one-step closer. Continue reading

New Year’s Resolution: Tobacco Cessation

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Making a New Year’s resolution can be one of the positive things about starting a new year. If you are one of the nearly 7 in 101 smokers in the United States who want to quit, make a resolution to get started in 2017. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, and quitting now can cut your risk and leave you feeling stronger and healthier. Continue reading