Monday June 17, 2013
Cholesterol gets all the press, but triglycerides can be important in determining your cardiovascular risk, too.
Read about triglycerides - What causes triglyceride levels to go up? When should you become concerned about triglycerides? And what is the best treatment for elevated levels?
Friday June 14, 2013
More and more people today are being told that they have "diastolic dysfunction" (or diastolic heart failure.) Diastolic dysfunction occurs when the ventricles of the heart become relatively "stiff," and thus it becomes relatively difficult to fill the ventricles with blood in between heart beats. Read what causes diastolic dysfunction, how it is diagnosed, what it means to have it, and how it is treated, here.
Monday June 10, 2013
Aortic dissection an emergency condition in which a tear forms in the wall of the aorta, which "dissects" (or tears apart) the layers of the vessel wall. Aortic dissection can rapidly lead to death.
Read here about the symptoms, causes and treatment of aortic dissection.
Friday June 7, 2013
In people who have Raynaud phenomenon, the blood vessels in the fingers (and sometimes the toes) have an exaggerated response to cold or emotional stress, causing striking discoloration, numbness, tingling and sometimes pain. In severe cases, actual tissue destruction can occur.
Read all about Raynaud phenomenon.