Weekly Recap in Health News: Jun.20, 2014

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4 Reasons for Heart Patients to be Cautious About Marijuana  There is a lot of controversy about marijuana as it increasingly becomes legal to use. Patients who feel strongly should discuss use with their doctor.

Men should do these seven things for cardiac health  Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men, and the hearts of one of eight men over age 40 will at some point suddenly stop beating – an event known as sudden cardiac arrest.

Heart-healthy habits every man should adopt  More than 300,000 men die each year from heart disease in the U.S., making it the leading cause of death for men. Unfortunately, half of the men who die suddenly from this disease have no previous symptoms.

New research can improve heart health  For the first time, researchers at the University of Copenhagen and Rigshospitalet are able to show that a particular gene variant lowers the risk of arteriosclerosis by 41 per cent.

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Weekly Recap in Health News: Jun.13, 2014

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Your Heart Health Should Always Be on Your Mind  If people try to get their hearts healthy through diet, exercise and staying smoke-free, they’ll lessen the risk of mental impairment as they age, Brigham Young University researchers say.

Better Heart health Linked with Fewer Memory Problems, Study  People with poor heart health are more likely to suffer from learning and memory impairment than those with good cardiovascular health, according to a new study by Brigham Young University.

Heart health: Go Red for Women  Louise thought she was just suffering from heartburn but her heart was seriously at risk.

Bad Heart Health Causes Mental Impairment  Heart Health is directly proportional to the brain health.

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Weekly Recap in Health News: Jun.06, 2014

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Get your heart Healthy  It’s called the “FOUR on FOUR Challenge”

Top Ten Foods for a Healthy Heart  Can the contents of your kitchen seriously save your life?

Health Alert: High blood pressure could affect your memory  High blood pressure may affect your memory as you get older.

The Heart Health Bible’ provides 5-step plan for reversing heart disease  While books like these can help supplement a diet or treatment, they should be coupled with the advice of medical professionals.

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Weekly Recap in Health News: May 30, 2014

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Implantable Defibrillators Shock Your Heart Into Normal Rhythm (Video)  an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, is an electronic device that constantly monitors your heart rhythm. It delivers energy to the heart muscle once it detects a very fast, abnormal rhythm.

When Not to Take Aspirin for Heart Health  Taking aspirin every day to prevent a heart attack may be totally unnecessary – even dangerous.

Top 5 foods for heart health  The potential problems to watch for can seem overwhelming, as study after study has shown the dangers in eating a high-fat diet, smoking and not getting enough exercise.

10 Tips for Your Best Stroke Recovery  Stroke survivors have an increased risk for long-term disability and face challenges completing daily activities.

High Cholesterol Can Contribute To Infertility  A new study from the National Institute of Health looked at about 500 couples and found high cholesterol for either partner can contribute to infertility.

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Weekly Recap in Health News: May 23, 2014

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Ask Dr. K: ‘Superfoods’ offer heart-healthy protection  DEAR DOCTOR K: You’ve written about “superfoods” that deliver a lot of nutritional bang for their buck. Do you have a list of superfoods for heart health?

Mahaska Health Partnership Educates on High Blood Pressure and Stroke  May is Stroke Awareness and High Blood Pressure Education month.

Heart Healthy Olives Rise To Fame  A pressing question in the world of diet has always been, to eat fat or not eat fat, that is the question.

High Cholesterol May Delay Parenthood, Study Suggests  When both the prospective mom and dad had high cholesterol levels, it took longer to conceive compared to those with lower cholesterol levels.

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Weekly Recap in Health News: May 16, 2014

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Eat Cereal For Better Heart Health  Need another reason to eat bread and other whole grains? A recent study published in the journal BMJ has found that heart attack survivors who eat the most fiber.

6 Reasons Why Your Blood Pressure Meds Aren’t Working  What happens when medication doesn’t bring your high blood pressure under control?

Too much prolonged high-intensity exercise risks heart health  Overdosing on high intensity exercise may actually increase the risk of death from a heart attack or stroke in those with existing heart disease.

9 tips to lower your blood pressure  Anyone with blood pressure exceeding 120/80 has an elevated threat of stroke, according to new research published in the medical journal “Neurology.”

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Weekly Recap in Health News: May 9, 2014

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Why It’s SO Important to Keep Exercising as You Age  Staying physically active is far more likely to determine a woman’s future risk of heart disease than any other well-known factor, including smoking, obesity and high blood pressure, a new study reports.

Medical Minute: Heart Health  Move it or lose it. When it comes to heart health, no matter what the age, exercise helps.

HEALTHY EATING: Spreading the word about heart health  Is butter good for your heart?

How Healthy Is Your Heart? This Simple Test May Tell, Study Says  Has your doctor ever checked your blood pressure in both arms? If not, you’re missing out on a valuable test of heart health.

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The Best Foods for High Blood Pressure

Heart disease has become the most prevalent health issues among Americans, and one of the highest risk factors is high blood pressure (hypertension).  High blood pressure is often a result of a poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, and genetics.  Of course, there are medications and supplements like L-arginine Plus that can have a significant effect on your blood pressure, but reversing high blood pressure is often as easy as addressing the reasons you have high blood pressure in the first place.  You need to:

  1. Exercise More Often

  2. Alleviate Stress

  3. Eat Healthier

The latter is perhaps the most important of these solutions to high blood pressure.  In that regard, to help you on your path to decreasing the risk of heart disease and lowering blood pressure, there are certain foods that can have a positive affect.  First, foods rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium are helpful.  Also, you should be eating more low-fat protein sources, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables.  Here are more specific food options:

  1. Blueberries

  2. Romaine Lettuce, Kale, Spinach

  3. Potatos

  4. Beets

  5. Skim Milk

  6. Oatmeal

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Weekly Recap in Health News: April 25, 2014

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Health Alert: Sunny days good for your blood  A new report says a little sunshine might be just what the doctor orders for better blood pressure.

Healthy Snacks: Eating Almonds Can Help Weight Loss And Improve Heart Health, Studies Show  Six new almond-related research studies have highlighted the effects of almond consumption on overall diet quality and health status, abdominal adiposity (belly fat), measures of appetite and satiety, and cardiovascular risk factors.

How to Stay Heart Healthy During Pregnancy  A woman’s heart can experience huge changes during pregnancy, but as more women enter pregnancy at older ages, more women are experiencing heart-related conditions that may cause complications for the mother and the baby.

Revealed – why your heart loses its ability to regenerate in adulthood  Know why newborn animal’s heart can heal itself completely but the adult heart lacks this ability? The answer is in oxygen.

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Sodium’s Role in High Blood Pressure

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and there are a number of risk factors that attribute to this disease. One major risk factor is hypertension, or high blood pressure. High blood pressure often results from poor diets, lack of exercise, smoking, alcohol consumption, stress, and others. According the the American Heart Association, a high sodium diet may account for nearly 1 out of every 3 people who suffer from high blood pressure.

Sodium acts like a sponge inside the body, holding excess fluid which creates an extra burden on the heart. Many of the harmful effects of too much sodium include stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, stomach cancer and kidney disease. From a young age, and into adulthood, Americans are consuming way too much salt. The root of this is a large source of processed foods and overuse of salt in other areas. Luckily, it is quite easy to reduce the amount of sodium consumption that will likely lower your blood pressure.

To Reduce Sodium Intake:

  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, whenever possible.
  • Limit the amount of processed foods you eat.
  • Don’t add salt when cooking and/or eating.
  • Learn to use spices and herbs to enhance the taste of your food, because these generally contain little sodium. (read the label to make sure)
  • Take matters into your own hands so to speak, meaning; you should cook more at home.
  • Eat foods high in potassium. They counter the effects of sodium and may help lower your blood pressure.

As a final message about sodium and its role in high blood pressure, the American Heart Association stated that: “It is estimated that if Americans cut their average sodium intake by more than half – to an average of 1,500 milligrams a day – there would be a nearly 26 percent decrease in high blood pressure and a savings of more than $26 billion in healthcare costs over just a year.”

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