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8 hidden signs of heart trouble

February 21, 2017

Let’s call it “the TV show heart attack.” A person suddenly stops talking mid-sentence, clutches the chest in pain and falls to the ground. It’s very dramatic, but not always what a real heart attack looks—or feels—like. Chest pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack. But in most cases, the pain starts […]

Give your heart some X’s and O’s this February

February 09, 2017

It’s American Heart Month, when you should give your heart a little bit of love. That’s because it can take months to get your heart back into shape following a heart attack. Just like you need physical therapy after joint replacement surgery, your heart needs close monitoring and a little care to build up its […]

A Heartfelt Year

January 21, 2017

About a year ago, our family set out to make some heart-healthy diet changes. Based on diet changes recommended by Dr. Anabel Facemire, a cardiologist with Northwest Regional Heart & Vascular, we decided to give our kitchen a chance to improve our heart health. This is the story of what we did…and what it did […]

Laurel’s Journey: Holiday Update

November 27, 2016

A quick holiday hello as I race from one food-centric holiday to the next. I would be tempted to say this is a tough time to eat healthy. But let’s be honest—there’s always another holiday, another birthday, another special event, another reason to be tempted. We’ve definitely had our share of slips and falls this […]

Give your heart a rest for AFib Month

September 20, 2016

Sorry Portland, but while a fluttering heart could mean you’ve found your soulmate at long last, it might be a warning sign for a serious heart condition. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is an irregular heartbeat that can indicate malfunction in the heart’s “electrical” system. It is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia), affecting […]

Our Heart-Healthy Journey

May 19, 2016

This is the first part is series of guest posts by Laurel Rogers. Laurel is chronicling her family’s quest to eat a more heart healthy diet.  Can an average family make heart-healthy diet changes without going crazy? I wasn’t sure, but I set out to find out. It started innocently enough. I had an interview with […]

The vascular system is connected from your heart to your toes

April 18, 2016

Peripheral vascular disease, also known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD), is a blockage in the arteries connected to your legs and feet. This form of cardiovascular disease goes beyond the heart, but the vascular system is all connected. When people hear “vascular disease,” they typically think of coronary artery disease, or heart disease. But they’re […]

Going Tobacco-Free So Your Heart Breathes Easier

March 08, 2016

Smoking is a risk factor for many health problems, including the oft-mentioned lung cancer, and your heart is not immune. In fact, smoking has an immediate impact on your cardiovascular system. Your blood pressure increases and your ability to exercise decreases when you smoke. Smoking also increases your chance of blood clots, which can cause […]



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