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Category Archives: Heart Health

Be Careful When You Spring Forward

For many, “springing forward” can be exciting and offer a strong sense of relief. It means the sun will be shining a little longer into the evening and that summer is coming. But your body doesn’t share the same enthusiasm as your brain or emotions. Losing an hour of sleep is tough on your body ...click here to read more

Sleeping with a Moderate Light Exposure May Harm Heart Health: Study

According to a new report from a Northwestern Medicine study, light exposure during nighttime sleep may harm heart health. Even moderate ambient lighting during nighttime sleep has affected cardiovascular function and increased insulin resistance the following morning. It is known that light exposure during the daytime increases heart rate through the activation of the sympathetic ...click here to read more

A Few Things You Need to Know About Cholesterol

You’ve surely heard of high cholesterol, but like many Americans, you probably have no idea if you have it. High cholesterol comes with no symptoms, and most don’t learn their levels until they visit a doctor and have it looked at. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nearly 94 million adults ...click here to read more

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Oral Bacteria Are Associated with a Risk of High Blood Pressure among Older Women

According to new research, older women who carry certain types of oral bacteria are at risk for developing high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. The study found that these oral microorganisms were associated with the development of this condition in postmenopausal women and could help explain why some people’s immune systems fight against them ...click here to read more

Reducing Stress Has Been Recognized As A Contributing Factor In Atrial Fibrillation

Stress is a common factor in many health outcomes, including atrial fibrillation (AFib), but the exact mechanism is poorly defined. Psychological stress has been linked with AFib both as an initiator and heightener of this condition. A diagnosis of AFib often leads to increased anxiety, which can result from psychological distress or suicidal ideation, among ...click here to read more

Performing Routine Activities Can Significantly Benefit Cardiovascular Health among Senior Women

New research has found that senior women who perform routine activities including housework, gardening, cooking, and self-care activities such as showering can significantly benefit cardiovascular health. This new information shows how running or brisk walking is not the only way to reduce the risk of heart disease. As part of the Women’s Health Initiative Objective ...click here to read more

People in Depression are often Associated with Type 2 Diabetes & Heart Disease

A study published in Nature Cardiovascular Research has found a link between depression, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Researchers now suggest a lower frequency of depressive attacks can lower the risk of coronary artery disease and type 2 diabetes, irrespective of lifestyle risk factors and genetic susceptibility. Previous studies have shown a link between ...click here to read more

Your Heart and the Pandemic

A recent survey suggests that American hearts haven’t held up well during the pandemic. The online survey, conducted by the Cleveland Clinic, found that four in 10 Americans say they have had at least one heart-related issue during the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, one in four respondents who have tested positive say that COVID has affected ...click here to read more

20 Minutes of Moderate Exercise in Old Age (70-75) May Best Stave off Major Heart Disease

Research published in the online journal Heart recommends 20 minutes of daily moderate to vigorous exercise in early old age to help reduce the chances of heart disease. This research reinforces the idea of ‘better late than never’ when it comes to exercise. It’s no surprise that physical activity is associated with a lower risk ...click here to read more

Can You Suffer a “Silent” Stroke?

You might know that it’s possible to suffer a heart attack and have no idea until after the fact. “Silent” strokes are a reality, too. The American Heart Association estimates that as many as a quarter of octogenarians (a person who is 80-89) may have had one or more strokes where they did not experience ...click here to read more