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The patient and the heart – myocardial infarction

November 24th, 2015|Comments Off on The patient and the heart – myocardial infarction

Ms. Smith was watching TV late one evening when she felt a pressure like sensation in the middle of her chest. At first she thought it was indigestion, however, the pain was quite different in […]

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Heart Attack Symptoms

August 20th, 2015|Comments Off on Heart Attack Symptoms

Sometimes heart attacks are intense and sudden, and there is no doubt what is happening; a “movie heart attack”. But many times it moves much slower than that; it can just be mild discomfort and […]

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Berry Healthy

August 1st, 2014|Comments Off on Berry Healthy

Berries are delicious, bright and sweet!  And they have a long list of health benefits.

According the Health magazine berries are high in antioxidants and polyphenols, and a recent study has shown that they may reduce […]

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National Fruit and Vegetable Month

June 4th, 2014|Comments Off on National Fruit and Vegetable Month

June is Nation Fruit and Veggie month!  And with great produce options coming into season it’s a perfect time to increase your fruit and veggie intake.  (Read more about the affects of fruits and vegetables […]

Living room workouts

May 2nd, 2014|Comments Off on Living room workouts

We all know how good exercise is for you.  It strengthens your heart, lowers blood pressure, improves mood, boosts energy, controls weight, and promotes better sleep and that’s just to list of few of its […]

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Dive in!

April 2nd, 2014|Comments Off on Dive in!

Swimming has long been considered one of the best workouts, and with good reason!

Swimming is that it is a full body exercise that works your arms, back, legs, buttocks, and abs.  Try varying your strokes […]

Eat whole grains for your heart

March 4th, 2014|Comments Off on Eat whole grains for your heart

Did you know that eating whole grains can help lower your cholesterol?  The Harvard School of Public Health states that, “Eating whole instead of refined grains substantially lowers total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or bad) […]

How to keep on keeping on

February 3rd, 2014|Comments Off on How to keep on keeping on

We all want to get into a good workout routine that we can stick to, but at times it just gets boring.  Or it seems that we don’t have the time or energy to keep […]

Finding the food balance

January 15th, 2014|Comments Off on Finding the food balance

By now you’re probably deep into your New Years resolution; eating right, exercising and well… hungry.

Sometimes it seems that working out only works up a bigger appetite.  According to Barry Braun, PhD, professor of kinesi­ology […]

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Keeping your New Year’s resolutions

December 30th, 2013|Comments Off on Keeping your New Year’s resolutions

With the New Year come resolutions, a chance to start fresh and make the changes you want or need to make.  But keeping those resolutions can be tough, to say the least.  We’ve compiled a […]

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Staying active during the holidays

November 22nd, 2013|Comments Off on Staying active during the holidays

Whether you’re staying home this holiday season or heading out town it can be difficult to keep up with your healthy habits, including exercising.  Here are some tips to help you stay on track during […]

Fitness blogs

November 11th, 2013|Comments Off on Fitness blogs

Finding motivation to get out an exercise can be one of the most difficult parts of your workout routine.  Sometimes all you need is a little encouragement, and a chance to see how others make […]

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Alternate gyms

October 1st, 2013|Comments Off on Alternate gyms

Living in the Northwest means beautiful green vistas, and sweeping views of the lush green landscape.  But it also means rain.

In times that you just can’t bring yourself to go running in the rain we […]

Apps for your health

September 5th, 2013|Comments Off on Apps for your health

In today’s world of smart phones and apps its no surprise that there are several apps now that to help you eat right, track workouts, and motivate you.  Here are some of the best apps […]

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Take a Hike: Find your path

July 11th, 2013|Comments Off on Take a Hike: Find your path

When planning for a hike it’s important to remember that not every hike needs to consist of traversing the Pacific Coast Trail from end to end.  Hikes can be set for any length and skill […]

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Take a Hike: Packing and safety

June 27th, 2013|Comments Off on Take a Hike: Packing and safety

When preparing to hike you need to consider the items you want to take with you.  Not only should you think about what you’ll want to have on the trail but also consider the weight […]

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Take a Hike: Benefits of Hiking

June 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Take a Hike: Benefits of Hiking

Here is Oregon its time to welcoming back summer, a time with long hours of daylight, warmer weather, and less rain. That’s what makes this the time to get out of the gym, and enjoy […]

Copycatting fast food

May 6th, 2013|Comments Off on Copycatting fast food

Besides convenience on busy days or road trips what is it that keeps people returning to fast food restaurants despite all we know about how bad it is for us?  A lot of times we […]

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Mud runs and obstacle races

April 19th, 2013|Comments Off on Mud runs and obstacle races

Sometimes running just isn’t enough… sometimes you need to add a little adventure… a little challenge… a little mud.  And maybe the occasional zombie.

Obstacle racing is a sport in which a competitor, traveling on foot, […]

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April 4th, 2013|Comments Off on CrossFit

There’s no denying that CrossFit has been gaining popularity over the last several years, but what is it exactly?  CrossFit was founded in 2000 by Greg Glassman, the first affiliated gym was established in North […]

Have a heart healthy Halloween

October 3rd, 2012|Comments Off on Have a heart healthy Halloween

With October comes a change in weather, falling leaves and of course Halloween.  Here are some simple tips to help make your Halloween more heart healthy:


Use taking the kids trick-or-treating as a chance to walk […]

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Monitoring your heart rate

September 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Monitoring your heart rate

Monitoring your hear rate can be a great way to not only monitor your health but also to get the most out of your workout.

Your heart rate can be a good indicator of your health.  […]

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Living with less salt

July 2nd, 2012|Comments Off on Living with less salt

The amount of salt (sodium) you eat affects your blood pressure.  “Salt makes your body hold on to water. If you eat too much salt, the extra water stored in your body raises your blood […]

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Healthy kids, healthy adults

June 1st, 2012|Comments Off on Healthy kids, healthy adults

A good quality of life begins early with proper eating and exercise habits.

The USDA’s My Plate offers a visual guide to healthy eating.  According to the Let’s Move inactive children need 60 minutes of physical […]

How to choose the best oil

April 2nd, 2012|Comments Off on How to choose the best oil

Most oils used for cooking offer the nearly the same basic caloric and fat content at approximately 120 calories and 14 grams of fat per tablespoon; so how do you choose the best option for […]

Go nuts!

March 1st, 2012|Comments Off on Go nuts!

Eating nuts can be good for your heart when part of a healthy diet.  Almost every nut has a lot of nutrition packed into a small shell.  When part of a health diet nuts can […]

Love is good for the heart

February 3rd, 2012|Comments Off on Love is good for the heart

February means Valentine’s Day, and Valentine’s Day means talk of love.  But did you know that being in love can help your heart?

According to ABC News, “When you are with the one you love the […]

Exercise for your heart

January 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Exercise for your heart

According the MedPage Today, “Exercise that focuses on building cardiorespiratory fitness, rather than resistance or strength training, provides the best shot at reducing mortality.”

The International Journal of Cardiology online wrote, “Higher cardiorespiratory fitness is associated […]

Holiday hints

December 21st, 2011|Comments Off on Holiday hints

Staying healthy during the holidays can be a daunting task with all the temptations that come along this time of year.  Here are some helpful hints to help you navigate this most tempting of times:

Eat […]

Sugary drinks are bad for women’s hearts

November 18th, 2011|Comments Off on Sugary drinks are bad for women’s hearts

A recent study by the American Heart Association shows that “Women who drank two or more sugar-sweetened beverages daily experienced increasing waist circumferences, developed high triglycerides, and a high risk for type 2 diabetes.”

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Be happy and lower your risk

August 3rd, 2011|Comments Off on Be happy and lower your risk

According to MSNBC, feeling satisfied by your life may be good for your heart, says a new study about a positive psychological state.

The study was performed on 8,000 British government workers over the course of […]

Walking and your heart

May 16th, 2011|Comments Off on Walking and your heart

With the arrival of spring and summer comes the opportunity to get out and enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

It is also an excellent time to get outdoor exercise such as walking which is a great […]

Vegetables, fruit, and the heart

April 1st, 2011|Comments Off on Vegetables, fruit, and the heart

Eating enough vegetables and fruits can reduce the risk of heart disease; the fiber in fruits and vegetables aids in the digestion and lowering cholesterol.  Other benefits include aiding in hormone production as well as […]

Understanding blood pressure readings

March 4th, 2011|Comments Off on Understanding blood pressure readings

Blood pressure readings are recorded in two numbers (i.e. 120/80 mm Hg), the top number is the Systolic Pressure and the lower is the Diastolic Pressure.   The systolic reading shows the measurement of pressure in […]

Smoking and your heart

September 3rd, 2010|Comments Off on Smoking and your heart

Cigarette smoking is a major contributor to heart disease in both men and women.  According to WebMD about 20% of deaths from heart disease can be directly related to cigarettes.  There is a direct correlation […]

Be ready for your visit

August 3rd, 2010|Comments Off on Be ready for your visit

We look forward to your next visit at Northwest Cardiovascular Institute.  If you recently visited us for the first time, you may have had an interview with one of our nurses so that our doctors […]

Stress linked to increased risk of heart attack

May 6th, 2010|Comments Off on Stress linked to increased risk of heart attack

The UK’s Daily Mail reports that women with stressful jobs are more likely to become victims of a heart attack.    Danish researchers discovered that women who said that pressure at work was a “little too […]

Risk factors

April 30th, 2010|Comments Off on Risk factors

The risk for development of cardiovascular disease: a heart attack, a stroke, blockage in your leg arteries, involve multiple modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors.  The non-modifiable risk factors include age, gender, and family history.  However, […]

Who’s at risk of heart disease?

March 19th, 2010|Comments Off on Who’s at risk of heart disease?

Everybody runs some risk of heart disease.  There are some risk factors, such as family history, that can’t be changed. But the good news is that many risk factors are under your […]

Good fats and bad fats

March 3rd, 2010|Comments Off on Good fats and bad fats

Good fats such Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated can lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), and even increase HDL (the good cholesterol). They have also been shown to help with weight loss.

Monounsaturated fats can […]

February is American Heart Month

February 12th, 2010|Comments Off on February is American Heart Month

February is set aside as American Heart Month; a time to raise awareness of heart disease, risk factors, and prevention.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in United States, the most common form […]

Keeping risk factors under control

January 6th, 2010|Comments Off on Keeping risk factors under control

One of the keys to preventing heart disease is getting risk factors under control, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. The most important strategies for keeping your heart healthy are to:

Eat a […]

Exploring prevention and treatment options

January 3rd, 2010|Comments Off on Exploring prevention and treatment options

There’s a wealth of cardiac-related information available – here are some that focus on strategies for preventing heart disease and as well as the latest treatment options.

“Overweight men at higher risk of heart attack, stroke, […]