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Atrial Fibrillation or AFib is a heart ailment that affects many Americans. AFib occurs when the upper and lower chambers are not coordinated, causing the heart to beat too slowly, too quickly, or irregularly. Symptoms of AFib include shortness of breath, dizziness, sweating and fainting.

If you want to monitor your heart health between doctor visits, consider using a mobile app. Whether you want to monitor your heart rate or blood pressure, several apps, many of them free, will give you accurate results right at home. But remember: These apps are meant to provide you with information that you can share with your doctor to inform health decisions and not to replace visits to your doctor.

It’s a scary feeling: In the middle of the night, you feel your heart flutter in a way that makes you wonder if something may be wrong. Heart palpitations frequently occur at night – and that’s also when we’re most likely to notice them – creating worrying moments. Most of the time these palpitations are harmless and occur in healthy people. When they occur repeatedly and with other symptoms, however, you should consult a doctor.

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Almost everyone has experienced a racing heart, but how is it possible to differentiate a racing heart that’s harmless and one that is cause for alarm? It’s not always easy. By identifying what triggers a racing heart, how frequently one’s heart rate rises and what conditions occur along with a racing heart, you can learn when to respond with calming techniques and when to contact a doctor.

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A heart attack happens when blood gets cut off to part of the heart; a stroke occurs when blood gets cut off from the brain. Although they have similar risk factors, they have different symptoms and treatment options. Here, we explain some of the similarities and differences.

How healthy is your heart? It’s a question that many people can’t answer honestly. They know they are not experiencing any of the symptoms you hear about on TV hospital dramas, so they figure everything is okay. Heart screenings ensure you know exactly how healthy your heart is and what you should be doing to prevent or treat cardiovascular disease and other heart-related problems. AnMed Health, designated an accredited Chest Pain Center by the American College of Cardiology, offers many types of heart screenings.

Many people understand that having high blood pressure can cause health problems. It puts you at risk for cardiovascular illnesses, stroke, dementia, and diabetes. However, there are also many falsehoods about high blood pressure that could put people at greater risk if they believe them to be true.

Blood pressure is a measure of how hard blood hits the arteries’ walls, the vessels that carry oxygenated blood from the heart to tissue throughout the body. Luckily, we all have the ability to monitor our blood pressure at home. In this article, we’ll review the risks of high blood pressure and offer tips on how you can stay on top of your heart health at home with a blood pressure machine.

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