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Know Your Waist Circumference
Created on 2/28/2014
Mesuring waist circumference - if we think about it at all it's likely because we're concerned about fitting into our favorite jeans.

Important? Yes.

But also for other reasons -

for example, your waist circumference is a very good measure of future risk for diabetes and heart disease.

And reducing a high waist circumference can help lessen your risk. Read More>>
What's a Polyphenol, and Why Should I Care?
Created on 2/7/2014
"Polyphenol."

Now there's a scientific mouthful to say.

You don't have to say polyphenol often, but it's a good idea to know about polyphenols -

because they appear to be very good for your health.

An added bonus - they're already present in a lot of foods you probably enjoy.
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Get Heart Heathier with Fiber
Created on 1/31/2014
Fiber -

it may not sound very "sexy" (it's not) -

or even very tasty (it can be delicious) -

but adding even a little more fiber into your diet has effects that can help prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) such as heart attack and stroke.

So add a little more fiber to your diet today - and every day. Read More>>
Heart Disease - Prevent it Now
Created on 2/15/2013
What if your doctor told you that you were on the verge of developing heart disease?

While the wording may be a little confusing, apparently some people are being told this.

The doctor likely means that risk factors such as cholesterol levels, blood pressure, inflammatory changes and stress have worsened.

AND even then there is much you can do to help lessen the risk of heart disease - you simply have to start. Sooner is better than later. Read More>>
A Headache If You Have Heart Disease...
Created on 11/9/2010
Some people with known heart disease who also have, for example, joint aches and pains have been warned to stay away from anti-inflammatroy drugs like NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors.

Instead, doctors often recommend taking acetaminophen, otherwise known by the name tylenol.

A new study raises concerns, however, that acetaminophen may raise blood pressure in people with known heart disease. This can increase the risk of further heart problems. If you have coronary artery disease talk with your doctor before taking over-the-counter pain or cold medication containing acetaminophen. Read More>>
B Vitamins to Prevent Heart Disease? Maybe Not...
Created on 6/25/2010
Doctors have long recognized an association between high levels of an amino acid called homocysteine and the risk for heart disease and stroke. The good news appeared to be that it was easy to lower homocysteine levels by increasing the intake of B vitamins, specifically folic acid and vitamin B12.

The bad news? Recent research suggests that while B vitamins do lower homocysteine levels, they may not impact risk for heart disease or stroke.

There's a big difference between two things being associated, and one causing the other. Confidence in B vitamin use to lower risk of vascular disease is rapidly falling. Read More>>
Sugar Affects Your Cholesterol Level???
Created on 4/30/2010
We know that high intakes of saturated fat can worsen your cholesterol level, but sugar, too?!

As we've moved away from diets high in fat and cholesterol we've tended to eat more highly refined carbohydrates (processed foods). These foods are typically high in added sugars.

It appears that added sugars make up a significant portion of our daily caloric intake, and that these sugars worsen our risk for heart disease.

It's no secret that too much sugar is bad for us. It's increasingly important, however, for us to read the labels of our foods to identify low sugar options. Read More>>
Of Pacemakers and Other Electrical Devices
Created on 12/23/2008
People with articifical pacemakers in place need to be cautious around certain electrical devices to be sure the regular pulse of the pacemaker is not interfered with.

Experts believe that the majority of household electrical devices are safe to use for most people with a pacemaker, though some people may experience single beat interruptions. Precautions do apply, and anyone with a pacemaker should be familiar with them.

ALWAYS ask your cardiologist FIRST to be sure. Read More>>
A worldwide view of a heart healthy diet
Created on 10/22/2008
The majority of research into what makes up a heart healthy diet has focused on people of European descent; however, the culinary traditions of people from cultures all over the world vary greatly, which makes development of widely applicable heart healthy dietary recommendations a complicated endeavor. Fortunately, a newly published study sheds light on the subject. The authors of the INTERHEART trial looked at medical data from 52 countries and found that the generally held belief that a diet high in vegetables and fruit can protect against heart disease holds true around the globe, regardless of culture. On the other hand, what also holds true is that a diet high in fried or salty foods increases the risk for heart attack. Read More>>
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