How does your blood pressure measure up?

According to the new guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association about what defines a normal blood pressure, about half of all adults in the US have high blood pressure! Knowing your blood pressure is an important part of controlling your risk of heart disease. If it’s normal, great! If not, knowing and treating it could reduce your risk of having … Continue reading How does your blood pressure measure up?

Hookah smoking ain’t that cool after all!

In a recent scientific statement published in the journal Circulation by the American Heart Association, a group of cardiologists, epidemiologists and public health experts have summarized data available for adverse effects of hookah smoking or water pipe use and have come out strongly against it. Hookah use is on the rise among teens and young adults in the US and the practice is commonly misperceived by … Continue reading Hookah smoking ain’t that cool after all!

Is cardiac arrest different than a heart attack?

You asked: Is cardiac arrest different than a heart attack? In short, yes. Cardiac arrest and heart attack can be related in that one may cause the other, but they are distinctly different. Before we jump into the details, the main difference can be summarized as follows: a heart attack indicates dying heart muscle while cardiac arrest indicates a person dying. It might be helpful … Continue reading Is cardiac arrest different than a heart attack?