Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack

Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women and people assigned female at birth in the United States. That means you may be at risk for serious heart problems, such as heart attack or cardiac arrest. You’ve probably heard of these life-threatening conditions but they’re not the same. Here’s what you need…

Genetic Heart Disease Won't Stop Me from Living the Life I Love

Genetic Heart Disease Won’t Stop Me from Living the Life I Love

As told to Jacquelyne Froeber As I opened my eyes, I heard my cardiac surgeon say, “I’m so glad you’re with us. His voice full of emotion. “We had to do open-heart surgery.” And then everything went dark again. Before open-heart surgery and five surgeries before that, I was diagnosed with a genetic heart disease…

FAQ's About Reproductive Health and Bladder Cancer

FAQ’s About Reproductive Health and Bladder Cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates that over 20,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2024. While bladder cancer happens less often in women than in men, women are more likely to have advanced stages and lower survival rates. Bladder cancer is also more likely to happen in your later…

Q&A: Anne Fulenwider Says Heart Health and Telehealth Are In

Q&A: Anne Fulenwider Says Heart Health and Telehealth Are In

February is American Heart Month. In 2016, Anne Fulenwider’s mother died of a heart attack. Fulenwider knew her mother’s side of the family had a history of heart problems — her uncle had a fatal heart attack at age 40 — but her mother’s heart health had been monitored since she was in her 20s.…

What Are the 5 Love Languages?

What Are the 5 Love Languages?

There was a lot to love in the 1990s. Kate and Leo in Titanic. The cast of Friends. The Spice Girls (girl power!). The ’90s also introduced a whole new way of looking at love. Marriage counselor Gary Chapman’s relationship self-help book, “The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts,” said people give…

Good Sex with Emily Jamea: What Is the Coital Alignment Technique?

Good Sex with Emily Jamea: What Is the Coital Alignment Technique?

Emily Jamea, Ph.D., is a sex therapist, author and podcast host. You can find her here each month to share her latest thoughts about sex. Pick up a book on sexual positions, and even the most in-shape, flexible person is likely to feel intimidated by images that depict bodies twisted into pretzels in the name…

What Is a Heart-Healthy Diet?

What Is a Heart-Healthy Diet?

February is American Heart Month. Most of us have a favorite comfort food we go to every now and then that’s not exactly healthy (looking at you, potato chips). But what you eat on the daily has a big impact on your heart health. Research shows eating more processed foods (i.e., those dang potato chips),…

The Importance of Understanding Your Family History of Breast Cancer

The Importance of Understanding Your Family History of Breast Cancer

Medically reviewed by Christina Spears, M.S., CGC + Video transcript NARRATOR: Understanding your family history of cancer is important for understanding your own risk. About 5 to 10 breast cancers out of 100 are because of a single gene and may run in your family. We get one set of genes from each of our…

Am I at High Risk for Severe Illness from Covid-19?

Am I at High Risk for Severe Illness from Covid-19?

The Covid-19 pandemic is over, but the virus hasn’t gone away. Not as many people are getting sick now that vaccines are available, but the infection can still cause serious illness — and even death — especially if you’re at high risk of severe Covid-19. What is severe Covid-19? According to Vidya Sundareshan, M.D., an…

African woman with hands crossed over heart

Did You Know That Heart Disease Affects Women of Color Differently?

February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease is often dismissed as a middle-aged white man’s disease, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The risk of cardiovascular disease among women, especially women of color, is poorly understood, yet the statistics speak for themselves. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for all women,…