Weekly Recap in Health News: April 18, 2014

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L-arginine helps weight loss  Taking a dietary supplement called L-arginine may help weight loss or can be used to treat central obesity, a pilot study published in Journal of Dietary Supplements suggests.

High blood pressure linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes  Pregnant women with chronic hypertension (high blood pressure) are highly likely to suffer from adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Healthy Decisions: Moving toward heart health  This is the second part of Joy Allison’s discussion of how to maintain a healthy heart. Her last column dealt with diet and nutrition.

traw Chiropractic Explains The Link Between Nerve Damage And Cholesterol Medication  Statin drugs are conventionally used to lower or limit cholesterol levels in the body. The problem is in the side effects

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The Connection Between High Blood Pressure and Stress

There has been much talk about the relationship between blood pressure and stress, but there is no denying that they are connected.  It is true that stressful events will cause a temporary spike to your blood pressure, but many new discussions are out there about the connection with long-term high blood pressure.  Many are not sure if a series of these temporary spikes will have any effect on your long-term high blood pressure, but there are obvious trends when it comes to those who damage their arteries and suffer from heart disease.

The main causes of long-term high blood pressure and other heart diseases are from bad diets, and a lack of exercise.  Though, it does seem logical to place stress in that mix as well.  Health conditions like anxiety, depression, and isolation are all related to stress, and those health conditions are also related to lack of motivation and bad eating habits.  So it may mean that in the long term, stress can affect your exercise amount, and even your diet.  To reduce some of that stress, here are a few helpful tips:

  • Simplify your schedule as much as possible.  If you are constantly feeling rushed, take a few minutes for yourself, or eliminate activities that aren’t essential.

  • Exercise as much as possible.  Physical activity is the best medicine for stress.

  • Try Yoga or some form of meditation to help you relax and strengthen your body.

  • Get plenty of sleep.  Being sleep deprived makes problems worse than they generally are.

  • Make an effort to breathe slowly and deeply to relax.

  • Get a positive perspective regarding the things that are stressing you out.

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Weekly Recap in Health News: April 11, 2014

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Doctor offers ideas to keep heart healthy  Dr. Eugene Chung talked to community members about heart health April 1 at the Sherman House.

Wellness Expo stresses heart health  Liz Schatzlein has watched firsthand as cardiovascular disease has fulfilled its role as No. 1 killer for men and women.

Early blood pressure tied to later brain function  A new study suggests that the relationship between heart health and brain function starts early, linking blood pressure and blood sugar early in life with mental acuity decades later.

How to Keep your Heart Health in Check this Spring  With warmer weather on it’s way Spring is a great time to get your heart health in check. Doctors encourage people to get outside and exercise to fight heart disease.

 
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Weekly Recap in Health News: April 4, 2014

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Diet Tips For A Healthy Heart  Looking after your heart is one of the most important things you can do.

Nothing like a walk to raise awareness of heart health  Petre, an engineer in ArcelorMittal’s quality assurance department, was taking part in National Walking Day, sponsored by the American Heart Association.

CDC Salt Guidelines Too Low for Good Health, Study Suggests But agency stands by its recommendations for preventing stroke, heart disease.

Taking steps toward better heart health  It was as simple as putting one foot in front of the other. That’s all it took on Wednesday to get faculty members at Augustana College on the path to healthier lives.

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Weekly Recap in Health News: March 28, 2014

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Watermelon could lower blood pressure   new study by Florida State University Associate Professor Arturo Figueroa, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, found that watermelon could significantly reduce blood pressure in overweight individuals both at rest and while under stress.

Go (with) fish for heart health  Seafood is a delicious and easy way to improve and maintain your health, especially your heart health.

Marathon Training Might Boost Heart Health  Marathon training may be a good way for middle-aged men to reduce their risk of heart problems, a new study suggests.

7 Reasons Why We Should Be Giving More Hugs  Admit it: Nothing gives you comfort quite like a warm hug.

 
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Alcohol and Blood Pressure

It is true that alcohol can be both good and bad for your health.  In terms of your blood pressure, alcohol can lower it if consumed in small amounts.  However, drinking more than one to two drinks a day will potentially harm your body, rather than benefit your blood pressure reading.  In fact, the opposite will occur, and your blood pressure will rise by several points.  Furthermore, drinking too much can reduce the effectiveness of blood pressure medicines.  Three things to consider about drinking and blood pressure:

  • Keep track of your drinking.  Cut yourself off when you’ve had more than the suggested amounts.

  • Try tapering off.  If you’re a heavy drinker, suddenly not drinking at all can cause severe high blood pressure for a number of days.  So, slowly decrease the amount you drink for a few weeks.

  • Binge drinking is the worst for your blood pressure.  Four drinks or more can significantly increase your bodies blood pressure.
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Weekly Recap in Health News: March 21, 2014

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New research offers rehabilitation hope for stroke sufferers  A University of Reading research team has made a huge step forward in understanding in one of the rarest language disorders caused by strokes.

Your Health: Exercise, healthy diet, patients who are informed still heart’s best medicines  The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recently released new cholesterol guidelines that recommended a significant increase in the number of people who should potentially take a statin cholesterol-lowering medication.

Exercise releases chemicals to improve heart health  I’ve heard it many times: Regular exercise helps prevent cardiovascular disease. But how does it do that?

Poor Heart Health and IQ Linked to Early Dementia  Early onset dementia associated with poor cardiovascular fitness and lower cognitive performance at age 18.

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Weekly Recap in Health News: March 07, 2014

 

TESTOSTERONE SUPPLEMENTS LINKED TO HEART ATTACK RISK  Popular Testosterone Therapy for Low T May Double or Triple Risk of Heart Attacks, Says J. Francois Eid, MD, World-Renowned Sexual Dysfunction Expert

Breast Cancer and Vitamin D  higher concentrations of vitamin D were associated with lower fatality rates of patients diagnosed with breast cancer.

Weekly Health Update!  While mindfulness training in a 1-on-1 setting has been shown to be beneficial for reducing perceived stress, anxiety, and depression

Lower Cholesterol With Fatty Fish And Supplements  If you have high cholesterol, you may find it challenging to know what to eat and what to avoid.

 
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Weekly Recap in Health News: February 28, 2014

Think About Your Relationship With Your Body, Not How It Looks Today  Every once in a while, members of the fitness media will highlight the extreme diet and exercise regimes that make up the “dark side” of the fitness field.

Sleepless and slow  When students juggle a lot of activities on a daily basis, one of the first things they cut out is sleep, but long-term sleep deprivation can lead to severe physiological effects.

A heart-healthy diet can include flavorful foods  Take steps to reduce your risk for heart disease by eating heart-healthy foods. Choose lentils in a hearty soup.

A healthy heart takes work  Taking steps to improve our health is easy to put off: we don’t feel urgency, we don’t see the need, we feel fine right now. But consider that every 40 seconds, a U.S. citizen dies from heart disease, stroke or other cardiovascular disease.

 
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Weekly Recap in Health News: February 14, 2014

 

6 Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure Add these steps to your weekly routine to slash your risk of heart disease and stroke. These six all-natural tricks just may keep you out of the pharmacy.

Geneia Celebrates Valentine’s Day with a Focus on Heart Health  In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and the theme of sharing your love, Geneia today is calling attention to heart disease and the simple things that everyone can do to protect their heart.

6 heart-healthy Valentine’s Day desserts This year, turn over a new leaf: Keep both your ticker and your tummy happy by diving into light, nutritious and oh-so-delicious Valentine’s Day desserts.

Eat Red for Heart Health It’s time to amend that “apple a day” aphorism: Tomatoes and cranberries keep the doctor away, too.

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