Heart Healthy News Briefs

Lower Stress May Also Lower Heart Disease Risk

March 15, 2015

When you imagine a heart healthy lifestyle, you may think of physical activity, and eating lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean protein. But what about lowering stress? Many people seem to forget that managing stress is also an important part of a heart healthy lifestyle. Stress can [...]

Too Much Sleep Can Raise Stroke Risk

March 8, 2015

  You are told to get plenty of sleep as part of a heart healthy lifestyle to help reduce blood pressure. However, a recent study published in the journal Neurology has found that too much sleep may actually increase stroke risks. A study by researchers at the University of Cambridge and the [...]

Adding A Little Fat Or Sugar May Help Improve Child Nutrition

March 7, 2015

  If you have children, you may be tempted to try and lower their heart disease and diabetes risk by cutting out as much fat and sugar as possible from their meal plans. However, a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, published in the journal Pediatrics, has shown that a [...]

New Dietary Guidelines Say To Cut Back On Fat And Sugar

March 6, 2015

  It’s no secret that the “Western,” or typical American eating pattern, is unhealthy. This type of carb-laden, high-fat, and highly-processed way of eating is making it harder to fight the rising rates of obesity in the United States. The most recent USDA Dietary Guideline committee [...]

Watching TV May Raise High Blood Pressure Risk In Children

March 5, 2015

  To keep your heart healthy, it is often suggested that you watch less TV and get more physical activity. A recent study published in the International Journal of Cardiology has confirmed the benefits of this suggestion. It showed that 2 hours or more of TV watching a day raises the risk of [...]

Anger May Increase Your Heart Attack Risk

March 4, 2015

  When you get stressed or angry, you may feel your blood pressure go up, or you may start to have pain in your chest. A recent study published in the European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care found that you may actually be feeling these symptoms when you are stressed because your [...]

New Cholesterol Guidelines May Be Sending Mixed Messages

February 28, 2015

  New dietary guidelines put out by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) state that Americans should no longer be worried about eating high-cholesterol foods like egg yolks and shellfish. However, some experts in the nutrition field, such the chairman of cardiovascular medicine [...]

Sleep May Help Lower Obesity And Diabetes Risk

February 26, 2015

Obesity is a well known risk factor for heart disease, which in itself is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. It is also well known that eating healthier and staying active are vital to preventing or delaying the onset of obesity and diabetes. However, a study recently published in the [...]

Every Movement Counts For Heart Health In Older Adults

February 25, 2015

As you get older, your bones and muscles may not be as strong as they used to be. Getting around and doing daily tasks becomes much harder. So, meeting the suggested 150 minutes of exercise each week suggested by The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans seem out of reach for many older [...]

Plant-based meal plans can improve the health of obese children

February 24, 2015

  The number of obese children in the United States is growing every day. Obesity puts children at a high risk for diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that over two-thirds of obese children have at least one risk factor for heart disease, such as [...]

Moderate exercise can improve women’s heart health

February 23, 2015

A recent study in the journal Circulation has shown that engaging in moderate exercise like walking, gardening, or cycling two to three times a week can lower heart disease risk in women. Researchers from Oxford University looked at over one million British women around the age of 56 years with [...]

Heart Healthy Updates

February 17, 2015

  Stress May Make It Harder To Recover From A Heart Attack You may know that eating a balanced meal plan and staying active are important to keeping your heart healthy. But one part of a heart healthy lifestyle that seems to be forgotten is controlling stress. A recent study published in the [...]

Heart Healthy Updates

February 10, 2015

Alcohol raises stroke risk When you have stress in your life, you may feel like your blood pressure is rising by the moment. In order to lower stress, you may reach for comfort food, or perhaps a glass of wine. You may think that by drinking alcohol you are working to lower your blood pressure and [...]

Heart Health Updates

February 2, 2015

It’s best to focus on weight loss before chronic disease A recent report in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism looked at the Endocrine Society’s guidelines for treating obesity with various medicines. Instead of focusing on prescribing medicines for the conditions related to [...]

Heart Healthy Updates

January 30, 2015

    Sitting Can Cut Years From Your Life Being active most days of the week is key to optimal heart health, and can help you keep your weight within a healthy range. A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that sitting too much can actually raise your risk of heart [...]
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