The short answer from a heart specialist
News and Updates for the Patient and Family
Is It OK to Only Exercise on Weekends?
10 Heart Disease Myths You Shouldn’t Believe
Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
You can prevent or delay this serious, chronic condition when you join CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program. While lowering your risk for type 2 diabetes, you will also improve your health and build healthy habits that last a lifetime.
The best part of joining the National DPP? You won’t be on your own to make these changes. You’ll receive a full year of support from a lifestyle coach and a group of people with similar goals and challenges.
Virtual classes are available for extra convenience! Receive the same support as in-person classes from the comfort of your home.
Read our latest feature to learn how the National DPP lifestyle change program can support you while you make lasting changes in your life.
Depression in Women: 5 Things You Should Know
Depression is more common among women than men, likely due to certain biological, hormonal, and social factors that are unique to women. During National Women's Health, learn about certain types of depression that are unique to women.
National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis: 2020 Update
A Closer Look at the Most Common Type of Arthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA) – the most common form of arthritis – can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, and reduced function in the hands, knees, hips, and other joints among adults. One in 7 US adults, or 32.5 million people, have OA. Over half of adults with OA, 18.7 million people, are of working age from 18 to 64 years.
Proven Ways to Manage OA
- Attend an evidence-based self-management education workshop to learn how to better manage your OA and pain.
- Get physically active for at least 150 minutes per week as recommended for adults with arthritis by the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (2nd edition). If you cannot, remember that every minute of activity counts, and any activity is better than none. Physical activity is a proven way to help reduce OA pain and disability, improve mood, and increase the ability to move.
- Join an arthritis-friendly physical activity program at a local Y, park, or community center. These classes provide a proven and safe way to be active and receive physical activity benefits for OA.
A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis
CDC, the Arthritis Foundation, and OA Action Alliance released A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis: 2020 Update today. The Agenda lays out strategies and goals through which many stakeholders can improve the health and quality of life of millions of Americans with OA. These stakeholders include health care providers, policy and other decision makers, communication and marketing specialists, the business community, insurers, nongovernmental agencies, and researchers. View the report to learn how you can take action to reduce the toll of OA.
How much do you know about your cardiac device?
When asked to answer seven basic questions about their cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED), a majority of patients completing a Cleveland Clinic questionnaire came up short on at least two questions. At baseline, most patients felt they had a good understanding of their CIED (i.e., permanent pacemaker, defibrillator or biventricular device) but expressed a desire to be able to access additional data provided by the device. .
What is an Echocardiogram and Why do I need one?
If your primary care doctor or cardiologist has ordered a transthoracic echocardiogram, don’t fret – it’s not as intimidating as it might sound.
How to Avoid Having a Heart Attack: Who is at Risk?
A myocardial infarction, which is commonly referred to as a heart attack, is a life-threatening event that can happen to anyone. It is typically associated with some form of underlying heart disease that disrupts the flow of blood to the heart. Heart disease can also be the culprit in other deadly conditions such as stroke. In the US, approximately 400,000 people die annually from coronary heart disease and related problems.
Diabetes Resources 2019-2020
Chronic Kidney Disease Basics
Kidneys that function properly are important for maintaining good health.
More than 1 in 7 American adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD), which affects how well kidneys function. The two main causes of CKD are diabetes and high blood pressure. About 1 in 3 adults with diabetes and 1 in 5 adults with high blood pressure have CKD. It’s important to work with a health care team if you are diagnosed with CKD.
Read our latest feature to learn more about the basics of CKD. Also, learn how to take care of your kidneys to help lower your risk for developing kidney failure.