Posts Categorized: Heart Health

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk of Major Cardiovascular Events, Stroke by 30%

A Mediterranean diet including extra-virgin olive oil or mixed nuts cuts the risk of stroke and other major cardiovascular events by as much as 30 percent among those at high-risk, according to a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. While there have been numerous studies on the cardiovascular benefits of the… Read more »

Supplements for Heart Health

While there’s no substitute for consistent, healthy habits, your physician may suggest a nutritional supplement to enhance your heart-healthy lifestyle. • Soluble fiber: Psyllium (seed grain) is available as a laxative and fiber supplement. Oats and barley contain beta glucan, another soluble fiber that lowers LDL cholesterol. • Red yeast rice (RYR) extract: A product… Read more »

How to Reduce Cholesterol with 3 Healthy Foods

A heart-healthy diet contains plenty of vegetables, fruit and whole grains. While no single nutrient prevents heart disease, some foods lower cholesterol naturally with soluble fiber, which prevents binds cholesterol in the digestive tract and helps block it from entering circulation, or with polyunsaturated fats, which lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Here are three foods… Read more »

Heart Disease Prevention: A Gift to Yourself

Heart health can be easier to achieve than you might think. It is not about grueling workouts and living on bland food, but lifestyle choices that help you feel alive and vital and make your heart sing. It’s empowering to know that 80 to 90 percent of heart disease is preventable. Here’s how to stay… Read more »

Simple Ways to Protect Heart Health

Medical advances make heart attack, heart failure, and stroke less dangerous than they were 100, 50 or 30 years ago. Yet the best ways to maintain cardiovascular health stay the same and don’t require a doctor: a healthy lifestyle that emphasizes plant-based food choices, regular exercise, stress management and no tobacco. A good-for-you diet lowers… Read more »

LIJ and North Shore Rank Tops for Heart Surgery in New York

LIJ Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital rank among the best for cardiac care, according to the New York State Department of Health. In a new report on adult cardiac surgery (covering 2007-09), LIJ was one of only four hospitals in New York State–and the only hospital on Long Island–with risk-adjusted mortality rates that… Read more »

Heart Health: What Is Target Heart Rate?

Heart Health: What Is Target Heart Rate? Exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but how do you know if you are doing it properly in order to get the best result? In “Heart Health: What is Target Heart Rate?” Viviana Gebruers, a senior exercise physiologist at North Shore-LIJ’s Southside Hospital, explains… Read more »

More Treatments, Better Outcomes for Congenital Heart Disease

The single most common form of birth defect, congenital heart disease affects nearly one out of every 100 babies born in the United States. Yet our ability to detect and characterize congenital (present at birth) heart disease has improved remarkably over the last 50 years. Now, doctors can get precise information about the nature and… Read more »

Women, Know Your Heart Disease Risk!

Suzanne Steinbaum, DO If you’re a woman, heart disease is your greatest health threat so knowing your risk is essential. How you live can have serious consequences. For instance, atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries) builds up when there is damage to the lining of the arteries, frequently due to lifestyle. But high blood pressure, high… Read more »