Heart Attack: Time is Heart Muscle

By Jess Gomez
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When it comes to treating a heart attack, minutes can literally be the difference between life and death. It’s critical that heart attack patients get balloon therapy to clear blockages in arteries leading to the heart within 90 minutes, which is the national standard. Treating patients within that window is the goal of every hospital in America.

Warm up and cool down vital to exercise plan

By Meagan Kline
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Warming up and cooling down pre- and post-exercise are important steps that far too many people forget, or just don’t do. A good warm up and a proper cool down can increase the effectiveness of your exercise session, and help your muscles not hurt quite as bad the next day.

Utah Firefighter Reports on Third Week of My Heart Challenge

By Jason M. Carlton, APR
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West Valley City Fire Department firefighter Mary Lindsay-Vonk is determined to win the 2014 My Heart Challenge. But she'll admit there are many challenges to overcome on her road to better heart health. Read more about her journey as the third week comes to a close, and help cheer her on as she fights to win the Challenge. 

5 Heart Numbers Everyone Should Know

By John D Day MD
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People do not realize how important their health is until they lose it. The key is to first get educated and then to take action. As a cardiologist at the Intermountain Heart Institute, I see many patients who don’t realize they can control certain factors of heart disease. At least 75% of heart conditions are totally preventable! Here are five numbers that everyone should know and work to maintain the recommended goals.

How to Control Your High Blood Pressure

By Intermountain Healthcare
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High blood pressure affects one in three adults. However, many don’t know they have it because symptoms usually don’t manifest until the condition becomes severe, giving high blood pressure the name “silent killer.”

 

Blood pressure is the force at which blood presses against artery walls, moving the blood through your body. High blood pressure is defined as being above 140/90, and it has negative health effects that can become serious. It damages artery walls by hardening and weakening them, encouraging plaque to build up. It can weaken and enlarge the heart by making it do more work. High blood pressure also puts people at serious risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and diabetes, contributing to almost 1,000 deaths each day.

15 Busy Utah Moms Kick Off Their 100-Day Journey to Better Health

By Jess Gomez
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Mother's Day was extra special this year for 15 Utah moms selected to compete in the 2015 My Heart Challenge: Moms Edition, in which they will spend the next 100 days working with experts from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute to become more fit and heart healthy.