Intimate Relationships Can Lower or Raise Coronary Heart Disease Risk in Women

Our hearts go aflutter when we meet that special, or who we think is special, someone. As Dean Martin crooned, “when the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine, that’s amore.” A positive intimate relationship, or amore, could lower a woman’s risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). But, on the flipside, as… Continue reading Intimate Relationships Can Lower or Raise Coronary Heart Disease Risk in Women

Your Doctor Retired — Now What?

When Janet Reynolds’ primary care provider — a nurse practitioner who she’d been with for 30 years — left her private practice, Reynolds had no idea how challenging it was going to be to find a replacement. “I called 20 doctors before getting through to someone who was actually taking new patients,” says Reynolds, a… Continue reading Your Doctor Retired — Now What?

The Cancer No One Talks About

It began with three words: “heterogeneously dense breasts.” It was just a note in the findings of the report on my regular mammogram that said, basically, everything looks fine, except that we can’t see everything because you have dense breasts, “which may obscure small masses.” It said my lifetime chance of breast cancer was 8.12%,… Continue reading The Cancer No One Talks About

Learn to Laugh Off Stress

Stress, stress, stress. You cannot look at or listen to anything without hearing how stressed out the world is. And do you know why? Because it is! There is a truth to the way that we are living that is incredibly stressful. With stress, there is a release of the “stress hormones,” which are epinephrine,… Continue reading Learn to Laugh Off Stress

It’s Time to Talk About Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are a sudden feeling of heat throughout your body and sometimes a red flushed face. They can cause sweating and/or the chills and can even cause an increase in your heart rate.   What Causes Hot Flashes?  The actual cause of hot flashes is unknown, but they are generally associated with hormonal fluctuations caused… Continue reading It’s Time to Talk About Hot Flashes

For all women: heart-care is the new self-care

On this Mother’s Day, let’s focus on all women—not just those who are clearly defined by having their own children—but all women whose hearts and caring has had an impact on those she has cared for. With the launch of Adesso.Health, we have started to elevate this important concept for every woman with a heart:… Continue reading For all women: heart-care is the new self-care

7 Ways to Love Yourself

How committed are you to your own happiness? If you were dating yourself, would you be blissful or ready to break out of the relationship? Self-love is an active process of becoming aware of who you are and appreciating all aspects of what makes you unique. It is a practice of self-care and self-compassion that affirms,… Continue reading 7 Ways to Love Yourself

Does Drinking Coffee Really Improve Your Heart Health?

A new study has found that those who drink moderate amounts of coffee have a lower mortality risk than non-coffee drinkers. But what does this mean for your health? Let’s take a closer look at the findings. The years long study screened participants for coffee consumption and health problems. The study, published in the journal… Continue reading Does Drinking Coffee Really Improve Your Heart Health?

Generalizability of Cardiovascular Disease Clinical Prediction Models

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) finds that cardiovascular disease clinical prediction models show promise for improving risk prediction, but more work is needed to increase their generalizability. The study, “Generalizability of Cardiovascular Disease Clinical Prediction Models: 158 Independent External Validations of 104 Unique Models,” included 158 external… Continue reading Generalizability of Cardiovascular Disease Clinical Prediction Models

Heart Disease in Women: Why It’s So Often Missed or Dismissed

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, yet it’s often thought of as a man’s disease. In part, this is because heart disease presents differently in women than it does in men. Women are more likely to experience symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue, and nausea rather than… Continue reading Heart Disease in Women: Why It’s So Often Missed or Dismissed