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Archive for the ‘Heart Health’ Category

Yoga for the Heart

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common heart problem that affects more than 2 million Americans. This condition involves an abnormality in heart rhythm, which is brought about by the irregular contraction of the heart’s upper chamber. Although it may be asymptomatic, it can increase one’s risk for stroke. Atrial fibrillation is often treated with drugs like beta-blockers and anticoagulants to help control heart rate and prevent thromboembolism, which can lead to stroke, but some patients do not respond well to these. Researchers led by Dr. Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy from the University of Kansas Medical Center have found that taking regular yoga […]

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Worst Foods for the Heart

Recently published data from the American Heart Association (AHA) shows that the leading cause of death among Americans is heart disease and there are four worst foods that are hazardous to the heart. These are trans fat, saturated fat, salt and added sugars. Trans fat raises the level of LDL or bad cholesterol and lowers the HDL or good cholesterol. High source of trans fat can be found in crackers, bakery goods, packaged snacks, selected margarines and other foods that contain hydrogenated oil or partially hydrogenated oil. Trans fat may also be naturally found in meat and dairy products but […]

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Optimize Heart Health to Live Longer

Many people develop various types of chronic diseases as they grow older, and among them cardiovascular disease is a common cause for premature death. A new Northwestern Medicine study however, shows that people who have optimum cardiovascular health during their middle age are more likely to live longer that people who possess risk factors related to heart health. The results of the study, which were reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) show that participants who had good cardiac health lived 14 years longer , disease-free, than their peers who had at least two risk factors. John […]

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Health Benefits of Sesame and Rice Bran Oil Blend

Japanese researchers find that cooking food with a blend of sesame and rice bran oils can help reduce blood pressure as well as blood cholesterol levels. They reported these findings at the recent American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions. Devarajan Sankar, M.D, Ph.D., a research scientist in the Department of Cardiovascular Disease at Fukuoka University Chikushi Hospital in Chikushino, Japan adds that consumption of these oils may reduce the risk of heart disease and may be used to substitute less healthy oils in one’s diet. The study involved 300 hypertensive participants who were randomly divided into […]

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Eat Yogurt, Reduce Blood Pressure

Researchers led by Huifen Wang, PhD, of Tufts University in Boston report at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research meeting in Washington, D.C. that regular yogurt consumption as part of a healthy diet may help reduce one’s risk for high blood pressure (hypertension). The results of their study supports the American Heart Association’s recommendation of consuming 2-3 servings of low-fat dairy per day and reinforces the role of these foods in reducing blood pressure., according to Rachel Johnson, PhD, RD, chair of the AHA nutrition committee. The team of researchers analyzed data from the Framingham Heart Study which […]

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