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Reversing Heart Disease – Is it Possible?
Apr 15, 2014 By Emory Women's Heart Center

Did you know that in women, heart disease takes more lives than every type of cancer combined? The good news is that in the last 20 years deaths due to heart disease have declined thanks to advances in medicine as well as education of the population. In the past, heart disease was thought to be just a “man’s disease,” but surprisingly more women currently die from cardiovascular disease than men. Therefore, it is important to take action to prevent and potentially reverse heart disease. If you think you may be at risk, schedule your heart disease screening today. There are various things you can do to reverse heart disease and if action is taken quickly, heart disease symptoms can be reduced in a very short period of time.

  • Evaluate your diet to determine if the foods you are eating are causing plaque build up. If you stop consuming foods that are contributing the
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What is Congestive Heart Failure? Can I Prevent It?
Apr 8, 2014 By Alexis Cutchins, M.D.

Heart Disease Risk QuizMore than 5 million Americans live with Congestive Heart Failure, and heart failure costs the United States more than $32 billion dollars each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Congestive heart failure affects all ages including children, adolescents, adults and the elderly, and is equally prevalent among women and men. There are two conditions that cause congestive heart failure; systolic dysfunction and diastolic dysfunction. Systolic dysfunction is when the heart muscle becomes weak and cannot pump blood adequately. Diastolic dysfunction is when the heart muscle becomes very thick and stiff making it difficult for the heart to fill with blood (often a result of poorly controlled high blood pressure and a frequent causes of heart failure hospital admissions in women). Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart is not able to pump [...]

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How the “Superwoman” Syndrome Impacts Heart Health
Apr 1, 2014 By Emory Women's Heart Center

superwoman4Are you a woman who tries to do it all? Many women are busier than ever these days juggling their careers, families, children, household duties, social lives and other obligations. When we can’t do it all, many of us feel guilty that we are unable to achieve perfection and balance in our lives. At the times we are most stressed, many of us make unhealthy choices, such as leaving exercise out of our daily routine, eating unhealthy foods and not getting enough rest. Unfortunately, this "superwoman" syndrome can lead to higher blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, higher cholesterol, cancer and importantly, heart disease, which is the number one killer of women in this country. Heart disease may be prevented and is potentially reversible in many cases, so it’s important to learn how to make the best choices for our future health. 1. Realize that it is ok to not be perfect [...]

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What are the Most Common Types of Congenital Heart Defects?
Mar 27, 2014 By Dr. Michael McConnell

Types of Heart DefectsCongenital Heart Defects (CHDs) occur in approximately 8 out of 1,000 newborns and are the most common kind of birth defect, according to the National Institutes of Health. This equals more than 35,000 babies each year in the U.S. Congenital heart defects occur when the heart does not develop normally before the baby is born. Some congenital heart defects are simple and do not need treatment or can be easily fixed. Others are more complex, but due to improvements in diagnosis and treatment, most children who have complex congenital heart defects survive into adulthood and are able to lead active lives. Many adults with ACHD need continued special heart care throughout their lives, and also need to learn how ACHD can affect employment, pregnancy and family planning. According to the American Heart Association, there are 18 major types of congenital heart defects. The most [...]

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How to Fall Asleep Faster!
Mar 24, 2014 By Emory Women's Heart Center

Tips to Fall AsleepDo you have a hard time falling asleep? Women are busier than ever and as a result at the end of the day, many women have a hard time falling asleep. In an American Heart Association article, Emory Women’s Heart Center Clinical Director, Gina Lundberg, MD offers a few tips to help women get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. Here is a sneak peak at the some of her tips to help you fall asleep faster!

  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid stimulants before bed
  • Establish a relaxation routine
  • Stay away from sleep medications
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Understanding the Different Types of Heart Disease
Mar 17, 2014 By Dr. Susmita Parashar

Heart Disease TypesDid you know there are more than 50 types of heart disease? “Heart disease” is actually a general term used to describe a range of diseases that affect your heart. Heart disease generally describes a heart’s capacity for pumping blood and oxygen throughout the body. Other heart conditions, such as infections and conditions that affect your heart's muscle, valves or beating rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease. Some of the most common types of heart disease are:

Heart Disease Risk QuizAlthough some of the types of heart disease listed above are not preventable, Emory Women’s Heart Center physicians work with subspecialty [...]

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Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Partner to Form Georgia’s First Comprehensive Congenital Heart Center
Mar 11, 2014 By Dr. Book

We are excited to announce the launch of the Congenital Heart Center of Georgia, collaboration between Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory Healthcare. The Congenital Heart Center of Georgia is a comprehensive program for children and adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) that provides a continuum of lifesaving care from before birth through adulthood. It is the first comprehensive CHD program in the South and one of the largest in the country. The program is led by Emory Healthcare cardiologist Wendy Book, MD, along with Robert Campbell, MD, chief of cardiac services and director of cardiology at Children’s Sibley Heart Center. Not too long ago, most babies born with serious heart defects died in childhood. Thanks to advances in cardiac care, many patients with congenital heart defects are able to live well into adulthood. However, as adults, they need [...]

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Takeaways from Dr. Murphy and Dr. Halkos' Chat on Mitral Valve Disease
Mar 6, 2014 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

Mitral Valve Disease Q&AThank you for attending the live chat on mitral valve disease on Tuesday, February 25. We had a great discussion, so thank you to all who participated and asked questions. We were thrilled with the number of people who were able to register and participate in the chat. (You can check out the transcript here). The response was so great that we had a few questions we were not able to answer during the chat so we will answer them below for your reference. Jean -What precautions need to be taken when diagnosed? halkos-michael Dr. Halkos:  Jean – In general, patients with mitral valve disorders need to take special precautions against infection during certain procedures, such as dental cleaning.  It is important to let providers that take care of you know you have mitral valve disorders when seeing them so they can take the necessary precautions. [...]

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Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack? Signs You May Need a Cardiovascular Screening
Feb 26, 2014 By Dr. Ijeoma Isiadinso

Heart Attack WomenHeart disease (including heart attacks) may be preventable if you are able to improve or eliminate risk factors that predispose you to both heart disease and heart attacks. Find out if you're at risk for a heart attack below, and if so, take steps now for your health by scheduling a cardiovascular screening. Some of the heart disease and heart attack risk factors that you may be able to work on to improve your chances of staying healthy are:

  • Physical inactivity – Lack of exercise can lead to high blood pressure, obesity and high cholesterol. By exercising moderately several times a week you can reduce your risk of heart disease. Exercise also improves your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and lowers your LDL (“bad” cholesterol).
  • Diet – by decreasing the amount of processed, fried and sugary foods and eating more fruits and vegetables you can decrease your risk
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4 Heart Healthy Benefits of Almonds!
Feb 25, 2014 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

AlmondsThe evidence is overwhelming that almonds can help lower LDL-cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. On top of that they are incredibly convenient, requiring no preparation. Why do these little nuts pack such a big punch? Read on to find out.

  1. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, but low in saturated fat (the bad kind). Monounsaturated fats are the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, and they’ve been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.
  2. Almonds are packed with a whopping 247 milligrams of magnesium per cup. Magnesium is a natural calcium channel blocker, cleaning out veins and arteries and helping them relax, which lessens resistance and improves the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body.
  3. Almonds are loaded with potassium. Potassium is an electrolyte with a critical job: helping your heart beat. Potassium helps
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