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Gestational Diabetes and Congenital Heart Defects

Mothers that keep blood sugar levels in check during pregnancy may help prevent serious heart conditions in children.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Can You Spot a Heart Emergency?

A Cleveland Clinic survey finds remarkable gaps in basic knowledge about heart attacks and strokes between different generations.

By Nicole Van Hoey, PharmD

Metabolic Syndrome: An Emerging Vital Heart Health Sign

A third of Americans have this cluster of symptoms that doubles the risk of cardiovascular disease. Are you one of them?

By Nicole Van Hoey, PharmD

Healthier Heart Challenge: Get Your Best Sleep

In week four of the challenge, we look at ways to eliminate bad habits that prevent you from getting your best sleep.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Does High Cholesterol Lower Breast Cancer Risk?

In a 2017 study, researchers found that women with a high cholesterol diagnosis were 45 percent less likely to develop breast cancer.

By PJ Hamel

Your Thyroid and the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

If you have high-normal levels of thyroid hormone within the reference range, research now confirms that you face an increased risk of atrial fibrillation.

By Mary Shomon

Daylight Saving Time and Heart Disease Risk

You might think a one-hour change wouldn’t be much of a disruption. But it’s the suddenness of the change that can lead to significant health consequences.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.

Treating Hypertension in Kids

High blood pressure is a slow and silent disease—and sometimes develops in a population you might not expect.

By Nicole Van Hoey, PharmD

IBD and Heart Disease

As excess inflammation builds up the body, disease and other complications are born.

By Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

Salt Sensitivity: The Surprising Danger to Your Heart

Blood pressure in some people rises moderately to dramatically when excess salt is consumed. This can affect people with or without high blood pressure.

By Joseph Saling