Your heart is an incredibly hard-working muscle. The heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood as it contracts and expands about 100,000 times per day — which is why keeping it healthy is so important. Find out how to keep your heart in tiptop shape. Click on the links below to learn more about conditions that affect your heart.
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
Congestive heart failure (CHF) means that your heart is not able to pump enough blood. Different medical conditions like coronary artery disease (narrowed arteries in your heart) or high blood pressure can make your heart too weak or too stiff to fill and pump blood properly.
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
When a person has hypertension it means they have high blood pressure. When high blood pressure is not treated it can cause a serious health problem such as a heart attack or a stroke. Many people do not have any symptoms when their blood pressure is high. This is why it is important to see your doctor regularly to have your blood pressure checked.
Coronary Artery Disease
Cholesterol is a type of fat that is carried through your blood. It comes from two places. Your liver and other cells in your body make 75% of your cholesterol. The other 25% comes from the food you eat. Cholesterol is only found in animal products like meat, fish, dairy and eggs.
High cholesterol is linked to health problems such as coronary heart disease, heart attacks and stroke. The doctor can check your cholesterol with a simple blood test. When the doctor checks your test results he will look at both your "good" cholesterol (HDL) and your "bad" cholesterol (LDL).