Seven Ways Diabetes Affects Your Health

Achieving your best health means learning how to manage diabetes. Doing so can help you delay or avoid health complications down the road. High blood sugar can lead to serious health problems by damaging the way your body functions. Fortunately, these issues can often be avoided or managed when you take steps to manage your … Continued

Catherine’s Story: The Lifesaving Power of Heart Scans

As the System Director of Cardiovascular Operations at Edward-Elmhurst Health, Catherine Smith is well versed in matters of the heart. It’s also deeply personal – heart disease runs in her family, being the cause of death of both her mother and grandmother. So, she’s taken steps to manage her risk by watching her weight, getting … Continued

Five Ways to Prevent a Heart Attack

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack. This adds up to nearly 800,000 American men and women per year. Many people think of heart attacks as happening without warning. But there are often signs well in advance. These come in the … Continued

Heart Attack Symptoms Women Can’t Ignore

Heart attacks occur equally in men and women. Yet many people – women included – believe heart attacks mainly affect middle-aged men. This can lead to women not recognizing or ignoring key symptoms and putting off treatment until it’s too late. Most heart attacks are caused by coronary artery disease. This occurs when plaque develops … Continued

Helping Men Prevent Heart Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States. In fact, it’s the cause of one in four male deaths. Even scarier, more than half of men who suddenly die from a coronary artery disease had no previous symptoms. There are … Continued

Men: It’s Time to Own Your Health

When sick or injured, men often think they can tough it out. But medical conditions don’t care how tough you are and can affect even the strongest men. The only way to beat them is to start owning your health. Men are more likely than women to die from serious health issues, such as heart … Continued

Windy City Live: Heart Health

How well do you know your heart? This month, we’re focused on helping people better understand cardiovascular disease – the leading cause of death for American men and women. Chest pain is one of the top reasons people visit the ER, and Dr. Michelle Meziere and Wendy Murphy from Edward-Elmhurst Health appeared on a recent … Continued

Your Heart’s Rhythm: Treatments to Stay on Beat

The average human heart beats about 115,000 times per day. The heart beats automatically and usually runs smoothly, efficiently and accurately. But sometimes it can short-circuit leading to an abnormal heartbeat. When your heart beats abnormally fast, slow or irregular, it’s referred to as an arrhythmia. There are several factors that can cause a person … Continued

Five Cardiac Risk Factors You Need to Know

Half of all heart attacks in the United States occur in people who haven’t had a previous warning sign or symptom. This makes it even more important to understand your cardiac risk factors so you can take steps to prevent or detect heart issues before they become a problem. There’s a natural tendency to think … Continued

New Technology Improves Heart Disease Screenings & Treatment

Advances in technology are allowing more patients with heart disease to undergo successful treatment. These new devices and procedures make it possible to treat more people than we could have 10 years ago. We’re now able to treat them less invasively and at a lower risk, which improves patients’ recovery and quality of life. With … Continued