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When Carol Smith’s doctor called her with lab results from her yearly physical she wasn’t expecting the news. As a matter of fact, she was shocked. She prided herself on her lifestyle; she watched her weight and followed what she thought was a healthy diet. So when she heard her cholesterol number was 230 mg/dl – 30 points above the 200 mg/dl recommended range – she was dumbfounded.
As many doctors are inclined to do, Carol’s doctor told her she was at increased risk for heart disease and her best course of action would be a statin drug to lower her cholesterol. That’s because statin drugs have been shown to lower cholesterol levels rather effectively, sometimes by 50 points or more. Based on that alone, one would think that these drugs are actually beneficial.
However, that is not the case. Not at all.
It’s the constant battle – tea or coffee? Caffeine is bad for you, right? Tea is better for cleansing, while coffee just gives you a buzz? But what if I like the taste of coffee better? And I can’t do without my morning Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino!
Whoa, whoa, whao - slow down! The good news is whichever you prefer, new research says that BOTH coffee and tea are good for your heart.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects billions of people worldwide – billions! While many people work to control their blood pressure through exercise and a healthy diet, others also turn to prescription medications to reduce the health risks associated with the condition. But like many other prescriptions drugs, some of these blood pressure medications are now being realized to do much more harm than good . . . and I don't mean to alarm you, but I mean "harm" as in the way of "death."
Every day it seems that new benefits of B Vitamins are being discovered. And recent research indicates that it helps reduce a woman’s risk for death from stroke or heart disease. For men it can reduce the risk of heart failure.
There has been so much talk in the past few years about the differences between saturated fats and Omega-3s and how each one affects our overall health. This said, a recent study confirms that “reducing intakes of saturated fats in the diet and consuming polyunsaturated fats in their place, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 19 percent.” Below, we take a closer look at this recent study from Harvard University; and examine its significance.
Many Americans have been diagnosed with hypertension, and it can lead to more serious health risks, like heart attack and stroke. Not many people know or see the signs of hypertension, which can end up getting worse over time if it is left untreated. Individuals not yet diagnosed with hypertension and who are over 55 have a 90% chance of developing it. This condition can easily be detected and treated, but it is up to you to get regular checkups, so that you can nip the problem in the bud.
Take a look at this win-win approach to your health: follow a low carb regimen, and you’ll not only reduce your waistline, but you’ll also reduce your risk of deadly hypertension! Take a look at this recent research from scientists at Duke University Medical Center . . .
The body needs various vitamins and minerals to effectively function. Most people know about the various vitamins they need daily, yet one of the most overlooked vitamins is Vitamin D. But more and more research points to the fact that sufficient levels of Vitamin D helps the reduce the risks of heart disease and stroke as well as death.
You’ve heard of the super-powers of the açai berry – especially as an antioxidant and anti-aging agent. But now a new study shows that acai’s powers don’t stop there! Keep reading to discover the “new” way açai aids your health!
February is National Heart Month!
High blood pressure is a serious condition that affects millions of people in this country. Whether due to genetics, environmental stressors, lifestyle choices, and/or a combination of any of these, high blood pressure is symptomatic of much more serious heart problems. But new research has solidified the notion that the “DASH” way of eating can help lower blood pressure and help prevent these more serious conditions.
When it comes to your health, your heart is often top of mind – especially as you age. And not just for men, either! Men and women alike need to be conscious of their ticker. And now, you may have another natural option to boost your heart health – bilberry extract. Keep reading to find out more information on this recent discovery.
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has encouraging news for those that have been taking multivitamins, and maybe some motivation for those that have been considering taking them. They recently completed a study that showed evidence that those that take multivitamins regularly for long periods of time may decrease their risk of dying from heart disease by 16 percent. In fact, daily supplements of vitamin E taken over a 10-year time frame are believed to reduce the risk of death from heart disease by 28 percent according to the study which was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology
There is exciting news for chocolate lovers! The September issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine
reports the results of a new study, which indicates that heart attack survivors who eat chocolate two or more times a week reduce their risk of perishing from heart disease by three times over those that live an anti-chocolate life.
Fish oils are often in the spotlight for their health benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids found in certain kinds of fish have been shown to help prevent cardiovascular disease. Well, now those fatty acids may treat cardiovascular disease as well. This information comes according to a recent nutritional and medical review.
One in three Americans has one or more types of cardiovascular disease—39 million of which are age 60 and older. High blood pressure is a major indicator of emerging heart disease, but there are things you can do to reduce your risks. Health experts recommend that healthy people get adequate nutrients by eating a variety of foods in moderation, rather than by taking supplements, but the following list of 10 supplements will help protect your heart and keep it strong and functioning for years to come.
You’ve likely heard (through the grapevine) that grapes have healthy benefits, including those related to your heart. But a new study shows that the heart benefits reach much farther than previously thought. In addition to helping lower blood pressure, grapes may be able to reduce damage to the actual heart muscle. Keep reading to find out more about the heart-healthy benefits of grapes.
Cardiac catheterization involves introducing a radiopaque catheter into a vein or artery in the groin or in the arm, either percutaneously or by means of a cutdown. The catheter is advanced into the cardiac chambers and vessels, where pressures are measured and samples for oxygen concentration are obtained.
The pomegranate offers a healthy outlook for both you and food companies making juices and other products from the ancient fruit. The pomegranate grows wild from Iran to India, but is getting plenty of attention from California growers who have cultivated the plant. Research on the “pom” first appeared from Israel, which is well regarded for its nutrition academics. Scientists from other countries have followed suit to offer encouraging study results about the deep red, seed-heavy fruit. Keep reading for some of the most recent results about pure pomegranate juice and pomegranate extract.
Michael Jackson (not Micheal Jackson) was found to be not breathing after fire fighters responded to a 911 call. The singer was transferred to UCLA Medical Center and later pronounced dead due to cardiac arrest.
Michael Jackson suffered a massive heart attack, which led to the singer's death late this afternoon. Fans are gathering outside of the UCLA hospital, awaiting a news conference that will disclose more details of Michael Jackson's death.