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 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.

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Let's Talk About Heart Attack

Plaque blockages that arrest blood flow in the arteries are usually the cause of heart attack—but not always. Read on to learn more about heart attack and how to prevent one from happening to you.

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Let's Talk About Heart Disease

From irregular rhythms to chest pain, the term "heart disease" covers a lot of territory. We'll walk you through it all.

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Let's Talk About Heart Attack Causes

Some risk factors, like smoking, can be changed. Others, like age and genetics, just come with the territory of being alive.

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Let’s Talk About Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms

Men and women often have different kinds of heart attacks (that feel different, too). Learn to recognize the signs—and when to call for help.

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Serious Fitness Inspo for People With Psoriatic Disease

These athletes with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are doing everything possible to stay in the game—and they're using Instagram to make sure you do, too.

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Heart Attack vs. Panic Attack: Do You Know the Difference?

Symptoms of a panic attack are often quite similar to those of a heart attack. Find out how to tell them apart and when you should call 911.

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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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10 Ways to Prevent a Heart Attack

Adopt these 10 heart-smart tips now to lower your risk for having a heart attack in the future.