Signs a Heart Attack Is on Its Way 

Some symptoms are easy to misread or ignore, especially in women.


Heart Disease and Depression 

Cardiovascular disease is the number one global cause of death, and about one in five who recover from a heart attack are found to have depression soon afterwards.


Getting More Sleep May Protect Your Heart 

If your “bad” cholesterol is soaring and your slumber time is shrinking, you could be putting your cardiovascular system in danger.


7 Causes of Heart Attacks That You Can Control  

You can take control and lower your risk for heart disease, the top killer of American adults.


Migraines and Cardiovascular Disease: How to Protect Yourself 

Migraines raise the risk for heart attacks and stroke, but lifestyle changes can help you stay healthy.


Does Your Blood Pressure Need to Be Lower? 

New guidelines advise you to keep your blood pressure lower than has been recommended for many years.


Advice to Restrict Dietary Fats Wanes 

Experts now say it’s fine to eat fat, as long you eat the healthy kind in moderation.

Coronary Artery Disease Risk Assessment

Coronary artery disease (CAD) occurs when the coronary arteries, or the arteries that bring blood to the heart muscle, become hardened and narrowed. The arteries harden and narrow because of a buildup of plaque on their inner walls. This is called atherosclerosis. Significant narrowing of the coronary arteries can reduce blood flow to the heart. This limits the amount of oxygen the heart receives and can lead to angina, heart failure, irregular heart rhythm, and heart attack.

CAD is the most common type of heart disease. It is the leading cause of death in the U.S. in both men and women. Other names for CAD are coronary heart disease (CHD), heart disease, and ischemic heart disease.

First, select your gender, then answer the resulting questions to help determine your risk for CAD.

Your gender?

This assessment is not intended to replace the evaluation of a health care professional.


Lower Your Blood Pressure with Lifestyle Changes  

A low-salt diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and some low-fat dairy products may be as good as medication.


Do You Really Need A Statin? 

Maybe not, and a simple test will tell you.


How to Conquer Your Salt Habit 

While there’s less concern these days, your level of salt consumption still matters.


Seniors Are Not Getting Heart Attack Prevention 

Many doctors wrongly — and dangerously — assume it’s too late to prevent heart attacks in older people.

Take the Blood Pressure Quiz

Do you know your risk factors for high blood pressure? You can’t do anything about some risk factors. But other risk factors can be changed. Learn about the risk factors for high blood pressure by taking this quiz.

1. How often should you have your blood pressure checked?
2. Which of these factors can affect blood pressure?
3. What is a symptom of high blood pressure?
4. Which of these can increase your risk of hypertension?
5. At what point is blood pressure considered hypertensive?
6. Hypertension is the main cause of which of these?
7. Which of these contribute to hypertension?
8. In which age group does the risk for hypertension jump dramatically?
9. Why does reducing salt intake help prevent hypertension?
10. What can you do to control high blood pressure?