February Is National Heart Month: Tips For Achieving a Healthy Heart Now And Year-Round

The Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day may be your February high points, but there’s far more to this month than chocolate and chicken wings. It’s also National Heart Month — a key opportunity to raise awareness of the concerning role heart disease plays in modern society. Think of this as your second shot at a New Year’s resolution: the chance to reassess your habits and commit to a healthier lifestyle. Incorporate the following practices into your daily routine to protect your heart this month and throughout the year: Eat More Fruits And Veggies Eating healthy can feel like a struggle…

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Stents And Surgery Versus Lifestyle: What Are the Most Effective Treatment Methods for Coronary Heart Disease?

As the leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease prompts over 630,000 fatalities every year. Unfortunately, many of the interventions we currently rely on to mitigate the impact of this deadly condition don’t work nearly as well as promised. In fact, results from a recently released study suggest that lifestyle factors can play a far greater role in treatment than medical interventions such as stents and bypass surgery. Stents And Heart Disease: What the Latest Research Says Presented during the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions conference, a notable NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Stanford University study…

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The Amazing Power of the Coronary Heart Artery Calcium Test

As the leading cause of death for both men and women, heart disease looms large in the United States. What many people don’t realize, however, is that this condition is often entirely preventable. An early understanding of risk factors is critical — hence the importance of coronary calcium tests. How Coronary Calcium Tests Work Coronary calcium tests harness the power of computed tomography (CT) scanners. These machines take several pictures of thin sections of the heart, ultimately combining to form a view capable of revealing specks of calcium situated in the arteries. Known as calcifications, these specks form one of…

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New AHA Study Indicates Energy Drinks Have Serious Health Consequences

Energy drinks like RedBull and Monster are popular today because they are a convenient way to get a rush of energy in a short amount of time. However, for years, many physicians and health experts have cautioned against consuming energy drinks, as the health effects are still unclear. Now, thanks to a new study from the American Heart Association, there is more evidence that suggests energy drinks have a significantly negative impact on cardiac health and other bodily functions. Too Much Caffeine At Once The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that the caffeine content in a typical energy drink…

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Winter Can Be Hard on the Heart

The cold and the snow of common with winter weather can also be health hazards. The cold air can decrease oxygen flow to the heart by constricting blood vessels. Even simple acts like walking become more challenging, and many individuals are at risk for a heart attack. Strenuous Activities Many people perform activities in the winter which they cannot during warmer weather. Cross-country and downhill skiing can be strenuous activities if your body is not prepared for them. Shoveling snow also puts a strain on the heart. Even pushing a snow blower carries a risk. Everyday activities become more difficult…

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February is American Heart Month. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Many of us exchange heart-shaped items around this time in honor of Valentine’s Day, but did you know that February is officially American Heart Month? According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases take approximately 2300 American lives each day. The government has designated this month for increased awareness of the risks of heart attack, stroke and related heart diseases. Let’s take this opportunity to review the warning signs of possible heart attack or stroke. Heart Attack Warning Signs Heart attacks often don’t happen with a sudden blast of pain and a collapse like we see in the movies. Many…

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BPA Dangerous to Women, Children | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire We have previously written to you about the dangers of bisphenol A (BPA)–a chemical used often in baby-bottles and other hard-plastic products, including food containers.  Medical News Today reports that BPA poses dangers to women as well. According to the report, a team of U.S. scientists suggested that  BPA “may harm the heart, particularly in women, because of what they discovered in tests on female rats and mice.”  The studies revealed that “exposure to BPA or estrogen or both made the hearts of female rats and mice behave abnormally.” Other studies have linked BPA…

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Cholesterol-type Not Usually Screened May Cause Heart Attack | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Medical News Today recently reported that a certain kind of cholesterol–known as lipoprotein (a)–may increase the risk of heart attack (medically referred to as myocardial infarction, or MI).  This type of cholesterol, says the article, has been screened little.  Historically, doctors have been screening patients for low-denisty lipoproteins, commonly called “bad protein”.  Nevertheless, MI has continued to be a leading cause of death.  As a result, scientists have been looking at other caused of heart disease. The theory about lipoprotein (a) leading to heart disease stems from a study of people living in Denmark,…

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