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What Is a Pulmonary Embolism?

A pulmonary embolism is a blockage caused by a clot in an arteries leading to the lungs, usually originating in a deep vein in the legs, arms, or pelvis.

By HealthAfter50

Heart Patients Should Protect Their Eyes

Eye protection is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you’re told you need a procedure to open a blockage in one of your heart’s arteries.

By Amy Norton

Risks and Benefits of Daily Aspirin

An aspirin a day may keep heart disease and cancer away. But the recommendation comes with caveats.

By HealthAfter50

10 Risk Factors for Stroke

Some stroke risks, such as your age, are out of your control. The good news is that 90 percent of the factors that cause strokes can be modified.

By HealthAfter50

Why Sleep Apnea Is Bad for Your Heart

Sleep apnea can raise the risk of heart attack, stroke, and irregular heart rhythms, such as atrial fibrillation. Here’s what to know.

By Sue Mittenthal

Coronary Calcium Scans: Predicting Heart Attacks

Coronary calcium scans measure the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries. The test may help identify those at increased risk for a heart attack or stroke.

By HealthAfter50

What Women Need to Know About Heart Health

Many women still think heart disease is a man’s disease and fail to see themselves at risk for it. In fact, just as many postmenopausal women as men die of a heart attack each year.

By HealthAfter50

Blood Pressure Drug Good for the Bones

There’s good news if you take a thiazide to treat high blood pressure: It may boost your bone health.

By HealthAfter50

Why a Tooth Infection Might Hurt Your Heart

Researchers suspect that inflammation in the tooth’s root may play a role in the development of coronary artery disease.

By HealthAfter50

Heart Disease: What Puts Women at Risk

Despite reductions in heart-related deaths overall, heart disease in women remains underdiagnosed and undertreated, especially in African-American women.

By Amy Norton