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Atrial Fibrillation: Symptoms and Causes

Not everyone who develops atrial fibrillation will experience symptoms, but for those who do, they can range from mild to severe.

By HealthAfter50

COPD May Raise Cardiac Death Risk

People who have COPD for a longer time and experience frequent flare-ups are at greatest risk.

By HealthAfter50

6 Causes of High Blood Pressure

One in three Americans has high blood pressure, and lifestyle factors account for 90 to 95 percent of cases.

By HealthAfter50

High Blood Pressure Symptoms to Watch For

Blood pressure is known as the “silent killer” because most people with hypertension experience no symptoms.

By HealthAfter50

Divorce Can Be a Real Heartbreaker

Divorced people may be at increased risk for heart attacks and should pay special attention to their coronary risk factors.

By Berkeley Wellness

Excess Pounds Raise Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Your risk of developing atrial fibrillation, or a fast, irregular, and chaotic heartbeat, may rise in tandem with your weight. Here’s why

By HealthAfter50

Sodium: How Much Do We Really Need?

The average American consumes over 3,400 mg of sodium each day, which is equal to 1½ teaspoons of salt. While it’s a fact that people who consume too much sodium tend to have higher blood pressure and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, there i...

By Carmen Roberts, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

If You Want Lower Cholesterol, Try Vegetarian

Here’s how cutting meat from your diet can make a difference in your cholesterol levels.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

The Lowdown on Red Meat and Cancer

Learn more about the recent studies that show red meat and processed meat can contribute to cancer.

By Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

Can Exercise Help Reduce Heart Failure Risk?

A study from the American Heart Association’s journal found that more exercise was better in preventing heart failure.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.