Posts Categorized: Heart Health

Take Pulse to Lower Cholesterol

A daily pulse can significantly reduce LDL (low-density lipoprotein or “bad” cholesterol) levels and lower the risk of heart disease, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal. But don’t press two fingers to your wrist just yet. In this case, pulse means beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils—also called legumes. Consuming one serving a day of… Read more »

Not ALL Women with High Cholesterol Need Statins

A debate has been building since the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology jointly revised statin guidelines last autumn, according to the New York Times. The guidelines recommend the drug to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, regardless of gender. The formulation “would increase the number of adults [male… Read more »

Another Football Risk–This Time, Cardiovascular

Though it is our most popular, commonly viewed sport, football has been taking a beating in the health care arena lately. Besides the expanding case studies on concussions and the impact this high-intensity sport has on the brain, recent research indicates that play on the gridiron also negatively affects the heart. High-intensity exercise has been… Read more »

Smoke-Free Laws Help Kids, Too

Smoke-free laws provide substantial health benefits for children, according to a recent study in the Lancet. Environments free of second-hand smoke are associated with a considerable decrease in premature births and a 10 percent reduction in hospitalizations for asthma in children, the Lancet analysis indicates. Multiple studies have demonstrated that smoke-free environments result in significantly… Read more »

Reduce Cancer Risk with a Healthy Diet

You can reduce cancer risk–including colorectal cancer, breast cancer and others–with a diet that is high in vegetables, fruit and whole grains and low in red and processed meats. Regularly eating food with good-for-you nutrients also reduces other health threats, like cardiovascular disease. Obesity is also a risk factor for many forms of cancer (breast;… Read more »

Peverley Collapsed on NHL Bench

Dallas Stars hockey center Rich Peverley collapsed from an irregular heartbeat while on the bench during an NHL game on Monday. Resuscitive measures, including chest compressions and electrical defibrillation, restored the 31-year-old player’s heartbeat and brought him back to life. Mr. Peverley collapsed as soon as he came off the ice during the first period…. Read more »

Blood Pressure Provides
New Heart Disease Clue

A difference in blood pressure between one arm and the other that varies by more than 10 indicates a higher risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to the American Journal of Medicine. A recent study in the journal said that potential risk may show in systolic blood pressure. Also known as “the top… posted in: Heart Health tags:


Stay Heart Healthy at Every Age

Preventing or reducing the chances of heart disease is something you’re never too young–or too old–to think about. Leading a healthy lifestyle, starting from your teenage and early adult years, can significantly reduce your risk for heart disease later in life. Learn what you can do to stay heart healthy at every age: In Your… Read more »

When Shoveling Snow Is a No-Go

Ready for more snow this weekend and next week? As if another stretch of shoveling snow weren’t enough of a pain, it can pose real danger to heart patients. Shoveling snow is strenuous. It’s even more demanding when you’re dealing with heavy, wet snow while navigating layers of ice. A burst of over-exertion in freezing… Read more »

Testosterone Replacement Therapy
and Heart Attack Risk

Testosterone replacement therapy, designed to address decreasing levels of the male hormone in aging men, has become more common. Men with low testosterone (called “low T” by pharmaceutical marketers) typically complain of symptoms like more fatigue, less interest in sex (libido) and an overall low or depressed mood. Chronic low levels of the hormone can… posted in: Geriatric Care, Heart Health, Men's Health tags: