One Minute Health Lessons 2017-12-13T20:43:32+00:00

Understanding Metabolic Syndrome

September 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Metabolic Syndrome is a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke.  Your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke increases with the number of metabolic risk factors you have. In general, a person who has metabolic syndrome is twice as likely to develop heart disease and five times as likely to develop diabetes as someone who doesn't have metabolic syndrome. Risk Factors: Abdominal obesity with an enlarged waist line or [...]

Understanding Heart Attack a.k.a. Myocardial Infarction (MI)

September 4th, 2015|0 Comments

If you have any chest pain that is new or unusual, ALWAYS seek immediate medical attention!  Call 911. Do not drive yourself or have someone drive you. If you are with someone who is having chest pain, do NOT listen to them if they refuse medical attention as denial and embarrassment are signs of something very wrong going on.  Call 911. Most heart attacks are the result of coronary artery disease, also known as atherosclerosis or "hardening of the arteries," a condition that [...]

Understanding Abnormal Heart Rhythms

August 28th, 2015|0 Comments

An abnormal heart rhythm is when your heart beats too slowly (under 60 beats per minute) or too quickly (above 100 beats per minute) reducing heart efficiency and volume pumped to the brain and other vital organs.  Atrial arrhythmias can cause serious symptoms but ventricular arrhythmias are often immediately life-threatening or fatal and they are not discussed here. Atrial Fibrillation a.k.a. AF and A Fib: the most common of heart arrhythmias which is not usually life threatening but can cause [...]

Angina a.k.a. Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)

August 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Angina is a term used for chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscle. Angina is a symptom of coronary artery disease and narrowing of one or more coronary arteries. Angina is typically described as squeezing, pressure, heaviness, tightness or pain in your chest.A new onset of undiagnosed and medically untreated chest pain should be assumed to be a heart attack (Myocardial Infarction or MI).  Any chest pain that lasts longer than 10 minutes and does not [...]

Heart symptoms you should never ignore

August 12th, 2015|0 Comments

by Connie Jorsvik Don't ignore these signs and symptoms even if you don't have any cardiac disease factors which usually include being over 45 years of age for men and 55 for women, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, overweight (BMI greater than 30), a smoker, diabetic or have a family history of heart disease:Chest discomfort: Note that only half of women have this warning sign. Usually this is sharp pain, squeezing or pressure under the breast bone and to the left of [...]