Tag: heart disease

Getting Back on Track After a Heart Problem

Suffering a heart condition is a frightening experience. Once it’s over, you’ll be keen to get back on track, and here’s how you should do that.

Take the Time to Recover Properly

Understandably, a lot of people try to rush their recovery. They want to get back to their way of life and act like nothing happened. Although this is a good attitude to have in some ways, it’s not good if it means that you won’t be giving your body the proper time to recover after what you’ve been through.

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Tips to keep heart healthy

Heart disease is the leading killer of both sexes in the U.S. and U.K. Heart-HealthyAccording to American Heart Association (AHA), about 71 million Americans are suffering from heart disease in different shapes. The most widespread form of heart disease is hypertension (also known as silent killer) or high blood pressure gives birth to coronary artery disease (CAD). These conditions are responsible for almost 8 million heart attacks and more than 5 million strokes that occur annually, alone in U.S.

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Fat Neck may Indicate Heart Risk

fat-neck.jpgA new research has revealed that fat neck may also be used as a measure to determine heart risk. It’s likely to asses anyone’s waist as a clue for ascertaining the risk of heart problems.

The researchers said, with the help of measuring the thickness of one’s neck may be used as clues to evaluate the risk of heart disease in even those with comparatively trim waistlines. Phenomenon of the risk was defined as to have lower levels of healthy cholesterol or blood glucose with higher levels. High density lipoprotein (HDL)-good cholesterol is known to take away cholesterol from the cells to the liver where it is broken down. If men and women have a lower ratio of (HDL) than it is recommended, they have a greater tendency to develop heart diseases.

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Extended Sleep May Deter Coronary Artery Calcification

Sleeping an hour longer daily may lead to a lower chance of the accumulation of calcium plaques in coronary artery extended-sleeptracts, predicting possibleheart disease , said a study published in the December 24 issue of Journal of American Medical Association. The researchers report that one additional hour of sleep per night lowered the estimated odds of calcification by 33%.

Christopher Ryan King, B.S. (University of Chicago) and his team started this study in 2001 with 495 individuals( black and white people between the ages 35 and 47) to test if a scientifically measured sleep duration was linked to the development of calcification over a 5 year period.

Coronary artery as a risk factor for atherosclerotic heart disease, also shares many of the other confounding risk factors for heart disease like old age, sex, race, obesity, education, tobacco use, apnea risk,blood pressure, alcoholism and others.

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Vitamin D is Essential to Prevent Heart Problems, a New Study Finds.

heart-attack.gifAccording to a new study, lack of a vitamin D that is received through sunlight can increase the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

Dr. James H. O’Keefe, who led the study, says in this connection: “There are many studies that show link between vitamin D deficiency and higher risk of cardiovascular diseases.”

“Usually risk of high blood pressure, left ventricle stiffening and diabetes are related to vitamin D deficiency. People deficient in vitamin D have higher ratio of inflammation and inflammation is considered quite important forheart disease.”

According to some experts, almost 30% children and teens, and half of adults in the US suffer from vitamin D deficiency.

Data from the Framingham Heart Study shows that people with below 15nanograms/ml blood have two times more risk of having a heart attack or some other cardiovascular disease.

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Vitamin C, E Supplements not Helpful to Avoid Cancer

cancer.jpgSoon after the two studies that discounted the helpfulness of vitamin B, folic acid, vitamin D and calcium supplements for cancer prevention, now U.S researchers report that even vitamin C and E supplements are not helpful to avoid cancer.

The same researchers have recently reported that vitamin C and E supplements are not beneficial to prevent even heart disease.

Dr. Howard Sesso (one of the study’s authors), who is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, says: “We find no compelling evidence to take vitamin E or C at least in the context of two very common outcomes i.e. cardioprotection and chemoprevention.”

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