Heart Disease

Finding new ways to eat healthy doesn’t have to be a tough nut to crack. Just grab yourself a handful of walnuts, almonds or pistachios and you’ll be well on your way to improving your heart. Over time, these snacks can help lower cholesterol, reduce the buildup of plaque in the arteries and prevent blood clots. Try eating nuts a few times a week to reap the greatest nutritional benefit. For other heart-healthy foods, check out a recent issue of AtlanticView >

Heart Disease Programs and Screenings

Healthy Hearts
Cardiologists, medical staff and other guest speakers will address a variety of heart health topics. Anyone with a cardiac disease, such as congestive heart failure, high blood pressure or coronary artery disease, is welcome to attend.
First Wednesday of every month, 12:30 to 1:30pm
Hackettstown Medical Center, 1st Floor, Conference Dining Room
For more information and to register, please call 908-850-6819.

Heart Disease Articles

'Yo-Yo' Cardio Readings May Signal Heart Risks

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 -- If your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar levels fluctuate, you may have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and premature death than people with more steady readings, new research suggests.

According to the study, during nearly six years of follow-up, men and women whose readings changed the most were 127 percent more likely to die, 43 percent more likely to have a heart attack and 41 percent more likely to have a stroke, compared with those whose readings remained stable.

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Will a Defibrillator 'Vest' Protect Recent Heart Attack Patients?

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 -- Wearable defibrillators do not lower the chances of dying from sudden cardiac arrest among high-risk patients who've just had a heart attack, a new investigation concludes.

Worn externally as a vest, these defibrillators are a noninvasive alternative to surgically implanted defibrillators. Both are designed to deliver a corrective electric shock to the heart if a heartbeat rhythm goes out of whack.

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Could Too Much 'Good' HDL Cholesterol Be Bad for Your Heart?

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 -- When it comes to protecting one's heart, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol -- or HDL -- has long had a reputation of being the "good" cholesterol, compared to the "bad" cholesterol -- LDL (low-density lipoprotein).

But new research suggests that there could be too much of a "good" thing. Very high blood levels of HDL cholesterol may actually be bad for you. The research linked it to a higher risk for heart attack, and even death, among patients who already had heart problems or who faced a higher risk of developing heart disease.

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