Matt McMillen

Matt McMillen

Health Writer

Matt McMillen has been a freelance health reporter since 2002. In that time he’s written about everything from acupuncture to the Zika virus. He covers breaking medical news and the latest medical studies, profiles celebrities, and crafts easy to digest overviews of medical conditions. His work has appeared, both online and in print, in The Washington Post, WebMD Magazine, Diabetes Forecast, AARP, and elsewhere.

Latest by Matt McMillen

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Let’s Talk About Hypertension

High blood pressure is all about the numbers. When your readings rise, your heart can pay a price. We'll help you stay safe.


Let’s Talk About the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease

Knowing the red flags that signal heart disease can help you get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

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Let's Talk About Heart Disease Prevention

The silver lining around many forms of heart disease: There's a ton you can do to prevent them. Ready to take action?


Let’s Talk About Arrhythmias

Whether your heart is beating too fast, too slowly, or erratically, this condition can feel scary. We’ll walk you through it all, a beat at a time.

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Let's Talk About Congestive Heart Failure

When the heart weakens, it can trigger a serious domino effect in the body. We explore why it happens and what you can do.

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Let's Talk About Atrial Fibrillation

When your heart’s rhythm gets erratic, blood can clot in its lower chambers—increasing your risk for stroke. Here’s how to prevent that from happening.

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11 Facts About Heart Attacks in Women

Brush up on the important differences between women and men and you might just save a life—including your own.

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Anatomy of a Heart Attack

A heart attack happens when the body's most important muscular organ is starved of oxygen. Learn how the body responds and why it's so vital to get help fast.

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Let's Talk About Heart Disease Causes

When it comes to heart disease, knowledge is power. Understanding what causes harm to your body’s most important muscle is the first step to keeping it healthy.

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Let's Talk About Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

All your vessels are important, but the ones that bring blood to heart? Those are major—and keeping them healthy is crucial.