Mon Mar 19 2018

Category: Heart Health

High Blood Pressure Is Not Adequately Controlled in the U.S.

Posted in Blood Pressure, Heart Health, Research

Hypertension is a chronic health problem and it's what we call a progressive disorder which means it gets worse over time if not controlled.  High blood pressure affects 72 million Americans each year.  That's almost 3 out of 10 of us, 30%, and the incidence increases with age.  These numbers are frightening enough, but consider [&hellip

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Study Looks at Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

Posted in Diet / Weight Loss, Exercise / Fitness, Foods / Drinks, Heart Health, Mental Health, Research

Following the Mediterranean diet could be linked to health benefits.  What is the Mediterranean diet?  Basically, it's one with plenty of olive oil, grains, fruits, veggies, fish, and lean meats.  The Mediterranean diet has been shown to be linked to a reduced risk for many illnesses including heart disease, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's.  This has been [&hellip

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Oxysterols May Play a Major Role in the Development of Heart Disease

Posted in Blood / Arteries, Heart Health, Research

Oxysterols could play a major role in the development of heart disease.  If you are asking, "What the heck is an oxysterol?" you're definitely not alone.  I'm sure you've heard about plaque or debris that can develop in our blood vessels as we're developing heart disease.  When plaque or debris inside our blood vessels interacts [&hellip

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Embryoligical Research and the Evolution of the Heart in Different Species

Posted in Heart Health, Research

We don't talk much about embryology because it can be highly technical, but the changes that occur as we are developing as a fetus are simply fascinating.  Over the course of weeks, vital organs develop and we get closer to entering the real world and leaving the womb behind.  But it is the time of [&hellip

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Alcohol Consumption Linked to Atrial Fibrillation in Women

Posted in Drug / Alcohol Abuse, Heart Health, Research, Women's Health

Too much alcohol could be linked to heart problems in women.  All it takes is two or more alcoholic beverages per day to increase the risk for the heart rhythm disturbance known as atrial fibrillation.  A study of 35,000 women age 40 and older found that those drinking two alcoholic beverages a day or more [&hellip

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Symptoms of a Heart Attack May Be Vague

Posted in Heart Health, Women's Health

There is no doubt that communication of medical information is crucial and it can save lives.  A perfect example is the case of a heart attack patient.  There are classic warning signs including crushing pain in the chest.  Some people describe the pain as if an elephant is standing on their chest.  Other symptoms include [&hellip

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Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Prevention

Posted in Blood Pressure, Exercise / Fitness, Heart Health, Hospital / Doctor Care, Screenings / Tests

When we talk about primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention, what do we mean by that?  Primary prevention is where you tell someone to exercise so they can prevent heart disease.  Secondary prevention, that's when we make a diagnosis.  We notice that someone has high blood pressure through a test in the examination room, and we [&hellip

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Taking Beta Blockers

Posted in Blood Pressure, Heart Health, Medications, Sleep

They're called beta blockers, and beta blockers are some of the most popular heart medications we have.  The beta blockers are effective as a tool that can be used to treat high blood pressure.  The beta blockers can also slow the heart rate.  Is there a problem with beta blockers?  Well, the big issue with [&hellip

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Drinking Green Tea Can Expand Arteries

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Blood / Arteries, Foods / Drinks, Heart Health, Research

If you like green tea, I've got a good reason to keep drinking it.  Green tea can help your arteries.  A study from Greece suggests that drinking green tea can expand arteries.  Researchers tested volunteers on separate occasions after participants drank green tea, caffeine, and hot water.  They found that dilation, or expansion of the [&hellip

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Modern Communication Technology Can Improve Patient Prognosis

Posted in Heart Health, Hospital / Doctor Care, Technology

Modern communication technologies can help patients improve their prognosis.  A review of studies finds that heart patients who can communicate with their health providers over the telephone or the internet reduced their risk for heart disease and further heart problems after a heart attack.  Often, a nurse was available to answer questions or guide patients [&hellip

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