Posts Categorized: Heart Health

COVID-19’s impact on heart health

Despite what it might feel like, we’re still early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, so we don’t know yet what the long-term impacts of the virus will be. As a cardiac surgeon, I am worried about what COVID-19 is doing to heart cells. Studies show the virus is attacking heart cells similar to what it’s…
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Depression after stroke

More than 795,000 people have a stroke in the United States every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The physical impacts of stroke are well known—loss of mobility or brain function, among them. But there’s one side effect of stroke that doesn’t get the attention it deserves:  depression. Post-stroke depression—recognizing the threat The…
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What can you do to combat worker burnout?

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country and the implications of this pandemic are ever more far-reaching, perhaps no segment of the population will feel the stress more acutely than health care workers. Worker burnout is a serious concern, particularly in times of increased stress and anxiety. What is worker burnout? Worker burnout is…
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Know the signs of a heart attack

February is American Heart Month. While focusing on heart health it is important to learn the signs of a heart attack while taking precautions to lower your risk. Early Heart Attack symptoms Shortness of breath Heartburn Discomfort or pain in upper body- chest, arms, back, neck or jaw Lower Your Risk Eat a healthy diet…
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How can I manage my heartburn?

It is called heartburn for a reason — the pain can be so intense it is confused with a heart attack or other heart conditions. For those who suffer from heartburn or acid reflux, it can be draining because of its intensity. Heartburn can affect our quality of life, limit productivity and, because it can…
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