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 Prostate Cancer

No man wants to get it. But the vast majority will live—and thrive—after a diagnosis. We’ll tell you how.

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The Facts About Atrial Fibrillation and Silent Strokes

Not all strokes are obvious. And if you have a heart-rhythm disorder like afib, you may be a higher risk for the silent type.

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The Best Foods to Eat to Beat Heart Disease

What should be on your plate for a healthier ticker? From (bean) soup to nuts, we’ve prepared your next grocery list.

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Let's Talk About Stroke

Not all strokes can be prevented, there's a ton you can do to protect yourself. We cover everything you need to know.


Let's Talk About the Causes of Stroke

On the health-fear meter, strokes are right up there with heart attacks. The causes are similar, too.

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Sleep Struggles After Heart Surgery, Solved

Insomnia is common after heart procedures. Learn why sleep can be so elusive post-op—and what you can do to get some rest.

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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.

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Let's Talk About Heart Disease Treatments and Medications

If your heart needs help, try not to worry—drug therapies, surgeries, and lifestyle changes are tough to beat.

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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 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.