Obesity is an accumulation of body fat, usually 20% or more over a person’s ideal body weight. To avoid obesity and maintain a healthy weight you must balance the amount of foods you eat and the type of foods with the amount of energy you expend every day. If you are significantly overweight, your lifespan […]

Heart Failure

Heart Failure

First of all, if you or a loved one have been told that you have heart failure, don’t panic.  Your doctor did not mean that your heart has stopped working completely and there is nothing he or you can do about it.  It means that your heart is weaker and pumping with less power than […]

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (HBP), or hypertension, increases the risk of developing cardiac (heart) disease.  It can lead to stroke, heart attack, or heart failure.  High blood pressure means high pressure in the arteries that carry blood from the heart to all the tissues and organs of the body.  About one in three adults in the […]

Children’s Health

We now know that the atherosclerotic process, or buildup of fatty plaque in arteries, begins in childhood and continues slowly into adulthood where it often results in coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. 450,000 Americans die every year from coronary heart disease despite significant progress in reducing deaths in […]

What are triglycerides?

Triglyceride is a fatty compound stored in the body’s fat tissues. Ask your doctor to test your triglycerides when you are scheduled for blood tests. People especially prone to high triglycerides are people with heart disease, diabetes, people who are overweight, obese, cigarette smokers, those consume excessive amounts of alcohol, those who do not get […]

Women’s Health

Estrogen raises HDL cholesterol, which could explain why, as a rule, women have higher HDL levels than men. Estrogen production is highest during the childbearing years so pre-menopausal women are usually protected from developing heart disease. Women also tend to have higher triglyceride levels. Triglyceride levels below 150 mg/dL are considered normal. As women grow […]