Posts Tagged: heart disease

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:


The Sandwich Generation and Heart Disease

Advances in medicine have helped to increase the average US life expectancy to almost 80. One unintenional result of this phenomenon is the “Sandwich Generation”: Adults who simultaneously care for aging parents and their own children. “Sandwiched” caregivers are quite common, according to the Pew Research Center. About one out of every seven Americans between… Read more »

Find Support and Encouragement with WomenHeart

Women are finding encouragement and strength to help them lead heart-healthy lives at new, peer-led support groups in the WomenHeart Support Network. Hosted by the Katz Institute for Women’s Health in partnership with WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, the monthly meetings are open to women who have experienced a heart attack,… Read more »

Are the New Blood Pressure Guidelines for You?

People older than 60 should strive for blood pressure 149/90, according to new hypertension guidelines recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The previous goal for the “top” (systolic) number was 140 (the “bottom” [diastolic] number hasn’t changed). Furthermore, the committee increased the threshold for treatment for diabetic and kidney-disease patients to… Read more »

The 2014 Surgeon General’s Report
on Smoking and Health

In 1964, the Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health was the first document to link smoking with lung cancer and heart disease. The landmark report was first of more than 30 on smoking and tobacco use. Following the publication, many Americans quit smoking and new laws required warnings on cigarette packaging and banned cigarette… posted in: Addiction, Cancer, Heart Health, News, Wellness tags:


42: Jackie Robinson Is Still a Touchstone

It’s hardly fair to ask “Number 42” to level the playing field once again. Yet almost 42 years after his untimely death, Jackie Robinson’s iconic status can still change society for the better. His story can focus more attention on diabetes-related heart disease, which claimed the six-time World Series player at 53. Heart disease is… Read more »

Migraine with Aura May Raise Risk of Heart Trouble

Women who suffer from migraine with aura may have a higher risk of having a heart attack or blood clot, according to two studies presented this week at the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting. One study shows that migraine with aura (which involves visual problems such as flashing lights) is a strong contributor to… 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 »

Strokes in Young People Are Increasing

Actor Frankie Muniz’s stroke at age 26 spotlights an alarming health trend: Clinicians are seeing more young people having strokes without a clear cause. Historically, stroke was considered a problem for the elderly and increased risk was associated with pre-existing hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and heart disease. Young adults who had strokes often had… Read more »