Valentine’s Day may be over, but some may have felt the sting of Cupid’s curse. So, as the 1960s love song would ask, “What becomes of the broken hearted?” The good news is, you can recover from a broken heart. But the medical condition known as ‘Broken Heart Syndrome’ is REAL. This temporary condition, known to medics as takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) or stress-induced cardiomyopathy, is often triggered by an extreme emotional or physical experience, specifically, heart break, death of a loved one, sudden illness, natural disasters, or other life-altering traumatic events. Broken heart syndrome primarily affects women between the ages… Read more.
Over the last few years, Sharecare has been very fortunate to form an incredible partnership with HCA, in which we work together to develop and implement a number of innovative digital health solutions aimed at enriching the patient-provider relationship – from an employee wellness pilot with HCA Virginia, to connecting HCA physicians and nurses directly to people through our award-winning AskMD app, and helping introduce consumers to HCA services. But our partnership is about much more than building new products or launching new technologies – we are guided by our shared passion to help all people become deeply engaged in their… Read more.
A 92-year-old World War II and Korean War veteran, Utah Hamilton, does not scare easily. When he learned he would need a heart valve replacement, he knew it had to be done. Utah was suffering from aortic stenosis, a common and serious valve disease. Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve narrows, restricting blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. When the valve is narrowed, the heart works harder to pump enough blood through the smaller opening, and eventually, the heart weakens. This can lead to life-threatening problems, such heart failure, irregular heart rhythms or cardiac arrest.… Read more.
Cardiac event recorders help doctors and nurses monitor a heart’s electrical activity outside of the care setting. And as these recorders have become more common, they’ve also started getting smaller. A new, implantable monitoring device is helping improve cardiac and stroke care by detecting potential problems before an event occurs. It is a loop recorder that’s implanted into the patient’s chest wall. It is used in patients who may have irregular heartbeats, or who have had fainting episodes. The device is less than half the size of its predecessors, and that is making a notable difference in both frequency of… Read more.
TriStar Health is based in Nashville, TN along with the HCA corporate office. If you don’t know anything about Nashville, it is a tight-knit community and prides itself on southern hospitality, togetherness and of course delicious southern food, but sometimes the southern lifestyle can quickly catch up to us. Heart disease strikes someone in the U.S. about once every 34 seconds…or about the length of the video you are about to see.
Although Americans have made progress in practicing healthier habits since February was officially was named American Heart Month in 1963, heart disease and stroke remain two of the top killers of Americans, according to the latest American Heart Association (AHA) statistics.
February is American Heart Month and a great time to think about the steps we can take for better heart health this year. Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States impacting people of all ages and backgrounds. Here are simple ways to make healthier heart decisions. Do you have goals for a healthier heart 2014? Share them with us below in the comment section.
There are three things that come to my mind every February – Valentine’s Day, American Heart Month, and New York Fashion Week. Love, desire for healthy living and fashion – it’s the prefect trifecta to get through this wintery month.