Go Easy on the Salt The American Heart Association offers these suggestions to keep your salt intake under control: • Eat mostly foods that are fresh or unprocessed. • When shopping, choose low-sodium or no-salt-added frozen and canned foods. • Perk up dishes with alternatives to salt, such as herbs, vinegar, spices, or even citrus fruits. •
A new approach to clearing plaque from arteries is helping doctors treat patients who require a procedure called balloon angioplasty. Balloon angioplasty is among the standard treatments for peripheral artery disease (PAD). In the U.S., about 8 million people have peripheral artery disease, and about half have no symptoms. PAD is frequently found in people
About Cardiac Arrest Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart unexpectedly stops beating, usually because of abnormal heart rhythms, called arrhythmias. Surprisingly, cardiac arrest most often strikes people in the prime of their lives–in their mid-30s to mid-40s. Victims may appear healthy before cardiac arrest and have no obvious symptoms of heart disease. But they typically
Performing only chest compressions to help keep the blood flowing during a heart attack can be as effective as standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, that includes mouth-to-mouth breathing, says a new study. The technique forces air into the lungs, which can help a heart attack victim survive three to five minutes long – possibly enough
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