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Health Tip: Exercise Boosts Heart Health

Posted 5 days ago by

-- Exercise may be just what the doctor ordered to improve heart health. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says potential benefits of exercise include: Reducing blood pressure and triglycerides. Boosting "good" HDL cholesterol. Improving levels of blood sugar, thereby reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Cutting proteins responsible for harmful inflammation. Improving chances of maintaining a healthier weight. Read more

Related support groups: Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Ischemic Heart Disease, Myocardial Infarction - Prophylaxis, Cardiovascular Conditions and Disorders

Stenting Outcomes Vary Widely Among U.S. Hospitals

Posted 9 days ago by

MONDAY, May 18, 2015 – The risk of death or stroke after carotid artery stenting varies widely among U.S. hospitals, with the odds four times higher at some medical centers than others, new research suggests. The carotid arteries in the neck supply blood to the brain. After opening a blocked carotid artery, physicians often use a mesh "stent" to keep it open. Researchers looked at medical records regarding more than 19,000 of these procedures from 188 hospitals between 2005 and 2013. Overall, they found that an average of 2.4 percent of patients died or suffered a stroke after the procedure, with rates ranging from zero to nearly 19 percent. Since some hospitals treat sicker patients than others, the researchers adjusted their figures to account for various factors that could throw them off, such as age or prior stroke. Even then, the rate of stroke or death ranged from 1.2 percent to ... Read more

Related support groups: Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), Ischemic Stroke - Prophylaxis, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Thromboembolic Stroke Prophylaxis, Vascular Surgery, Coronary Arteriography

Many ER Patients With Chest Pain Can Be Sent Home, Study Finds

Posted 9 days ago by

MONDAY, May 18, 2015 – While chest pain sends many people to the nearest hospital emergency department, most patients may not need a costly hospital stay as a result, a new study suggests. According to a news release from Ohio State University, chest pain sends more than 7 million Americans to the ER every year and about half of them are then admitted for further observation, testing or treatment. But is the cost and inconvenience of a hospital stay always warranted? The study aimed to "assess whether this population of patients could safely go home and do further outpatient testing within a day or two," lead researcher Dr. Michael Weinstock, a professor of emergency medicine at the university's College of Medicine, said in the news release. His team looked at data from more than 11,000 visits by patients experiencing chest pain to three hospitals in Columbus, Ohio between 2008 and ... Read more

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Preschoolers Aren't Getting Enough Physical Activity in Child Care

Posted 9 days ago by

MONDAY, May 18, 2015 – Kids in daycare and preschool may not be getting enough physical activity, according to a new study. Preschoolers in the Seattle study spent just a half hour playing outside and were offered less than an hour each day for indoor play at child care centers, the researchers found. Guidelines recommend at least one hour of adult-led, structured physical activity and one hour of unstructured free play time per day, according to lead author Dr. Pooja Tandon, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle. "Children need daily opportunities for physical activity not only for optimal weight status, but because physical activity promotes numerous aspects of health, development and well-being," Tandon said. "Physical activity, which in this age occurs typically in the form of play, promotes cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and mental health ... Read more

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Health Tip: Cutting Down on Cholesterol in Kids' Diets

Posted 13 days ago by

-- Stocking your kitchen with heart-healthy foods goes a long way toward trimming the fat and cholesterol from your child's diet. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Feed your child whole-grain cereals and breads, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. Opt for low-fat dairy products, such as yogurt, milk and cheese. Avoid high-fat condiments and toppings, such as gravy, butter or sour cream. Instead, use low-fat yogurt, grated Parmesan or herbed cottage cheese. Add rice, pasta, potatoes and other starches to your meals. Stick to leaner meats, such as skinless poultry, fish, lean pork and beef. Cook with healthier vegetable oils, such as canola, soybean or olive oil. Broil, bake, grill or use other cooking methods that don't add much fat. Dish up soups with a vegetable or broth base. For dessert, offer low-fat frozen yogurt, frozen fruit bars or angel-food cake. Read more

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Hand-Grip Strength May Provide Clues to Heart Health

Posted 14 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – Testing hand-grip strength could be a cheap and simple way of identifying people at increased risk for heart attack, stroke and premature death, according to a new study. Researchers looked at nearly 140,000 adults who underwent grip-strength tests. The participants were aged 35 to 70, and they were from 17 countries. Their health was followed for an average of four years. Every 11-pound decrease in grip strength was associated with a 16 percent increased risk of death from any cause, the investigators found. Each decrease was also tied to a 17 percent raised risk of heart-related death or death from non-heart causes. And, every 11-pound drop in grip strength was also associated with a 9 percent increased risk of stroke and a 7 percent higher risk of heart attack, the findings showed. Although this study found an association between grip strength and the risk ... Read more

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Quitting Smoking Improves Angioplasty Outcome, Study Finds

Posted 15 days ago by

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – Patients who quit smoking when they have angioplasty – a heart blood vessel-opening procedure – have better outcomes, a new study finds. Quitting smoking was associated with less chest pain and better quality of life, researchers reported. "It's a no-brainer. Stopping smoking seems like a relatively easy way to increase your chances of getting the best outcomes from angioplasty," said senior author and cardiologist Dr. John Spertus, clinical director of outcomes research at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City. The researchers followed more than 2,700 adults who underwent angioplasty for either a heart attack or chest pain. One year after the procedure, 21 percent of those who quit smoking when they had angioplasty had chest pain, compared with 31 percent of those who kept smoking, and 19 percent of those who never smoked or quit smoking ... Read more

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Mediterranean Diet Plus Olive Oil or Nuts May Boost Thinking and Memory

Posted 16 days ago by

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – Adding more olive oil or nuts to a Mediterranean diet – one rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains and low in red meat – may help keep your mind sharper as you age, a new study suggests. The Spanish researchers found that seniors following such diets had greater improvements in thinking and memory than people who were simply advised to eat a lower-fat diet. "You can delay the onset of age-related mental decline with a healthy diet rich in foods with a high antioxidant power, such as virgin olive oil and nuts," said lead researcher Dr. Emilio Ros, director of the lipid clinic at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona. "Because the average age of participants was 67 when the trial began, one can say that it is never too late to change your diet to maintain or even improve brain function," he said. The report was published online May 11 in the journal JAMA ... Read more

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Expert Tips to Detect Early Warning Signs of Stroke

Posted 16 days ago by

SUNDAY, May 10, 2015 – Prompt treatment of stroke is key to preventing death and disability, but not everyone knows how to quickly identify the early warning signs of stroke. "Today, thanks to early detection, aggressive treatment and new intervention therapies, more stroke patients than ever are returning to normal life with limited to no disability," said Dr. Stanley Tuhrim, director of the Stroke Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. "Despite these accomplishments, it is clear that there is still much more work to be done to reduce the burden of stroke in our community. The challenge remains to educate as many people as possible about stroke's earliest warning signs and symptoms, so patients can get the immediate treatment they need," he said in a hospital news release. Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the United ... Read more

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Moving to a Poorer Neighborhood Might Be Bad for Your Waistline

Posted 19 days ago by

FRIDAY, May 8, 2015 – Packing up and moving to a poorer neighborhood may also mean packing on extra pounds, new research suggests. The study included more than 1,800 Dallas County residents, aged 18 to 65. The researchers tracked their health and lifestyle for seven years. During the study period, more than 260 participants moved to a poorer neighborhood, and nearly 600 moved to a wealthier neighborhood. About 50 moved to a similar neighborhood, and more than 900 stayed in the same neighborhood, according to the report. People who moved to a poorer neighborhood gained more weight than those who moved to a similar or wealthier neighborhood, or remained in the same neighborhood, the study found. In addition, the poorer a neighborhood was, the greater the weight gain. Among those who moved to a poorer neighborhood, the investigators found that the risk of weight gain was highest among ... Read more

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High-Protein Diet May Be Dangerous for Those at Risk of Heart Disease

Posted 19 days ago by

FRIDAY, May 8, 2015 – A high-protein diet may backfire for people at risk for heart disease – increasing the likelihood of weight gain and early death, a new study suggests. Replacing carbohydrates and fats with protein is touted as a quick way to weight loss. But this long-term Spanish study of older adults found these high-protein diets – think Atkins and South Beach, for example – may be harmful. When protein replaced carbohydrates, for instance, the eating plan was linked to a 90 percent greater risk of gaining more than 10 percent of body weight. It was also linked to a 59 percent higher risk of death from any cause, the researchers found. When protein replaced fat, risk of death rose 66 percent, the researchers said. "These results do not support the generalized use of high-protein diets as a good strategy for losing weight," said lead researcher Monica Bullo, of Pere Virgili ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Heart Disease, Weight Loss, Heart Attack, Renal Failure, Dietary Supplementation, Chronic Kidney Disease, Myocardial Infarction, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Myocardial Infarction - Prophylaxis, Ischemic Heart Disease

Why Do More Women Than Men Have Weight-Loss Surgery?

Posted 6 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 – New research suggests obese women might feel more compelled to have weight-loss surgery than their male counterparts do. Eighty percent of weight-loss surgery patients in the United States are women, the study authors said. Why? After sifting through data on more than 190,000 patients who had weight-loss procedures (or "bariatric" surgery) between 1998 and 2010, the investigators were able to identify a number of factors that might explain the divide. For one, women seem to have a greater overall awareness of the risks posed by obesity, and are generally much less satisfied with their health status than men, the researchers found. In addition, a greater number of women appear to be eligible for surgery than men. Also, men tend to wait until they get older – and presumably sicker – before considering the option, with statistics showing that the gender gap for ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Many Aging Boomers Face Chronic Illness, But Death Rate Is Falling: CDC

Posted 6 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 – A new study finds mixed results for the health of America's aging "Baby Boom" generation, with nearly half of people ages 55 to 64 taking a prescription heart drug and about 1 in 5 dealing with diabetes. However, the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also finds that the overall death rate in this age group has gone down over the past decade. The report shows that the "prevalence of diabetes and obesity among Baby Boomers remains remarkably high and is a public health concern," said Dr. Ronald Tamler, who directs the Mount Sinai Clinical Diabetes Institute in New York City. But he said the new findings also show that "interventions focusing on heart health are beginning to pay off." The new data comes from an annual report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, looking at 2014 statistics on the health of all ... Read more

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Health Tip: Living With Diabetes and Heart Disease

Posted 6 May 2015 by

-- As if living with diabetes or heart disease weren't enough, some people face life with both conditions. To help people deal with this double whammy, the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests: Speak openly with your health care team about all of your emotions. Stressed out? Work with a therapist to help you cope. Join a support group for people living with diabetic heart disease. Share your feelings with friends and family members. When you need it, request help from loved ones. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Heart Disease, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), Diabetes Mellitus, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Ischemic Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Conditions and Disorders, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Hypertensive Heart Disease

Health Tip: Moms, Make Time for Yourself

Posted 6 May 2015 by

-- Keeping yourself healthier has benefits that extend to the entire family. The American Council on Exercise recommends: Eat a healthy, balanced diet, drink plenty of water and find time to exercise regularly. Take some time for yourself each day. Schedule regular date nights to reconnect with your partner. Make time to visit with friends and enjoy time outside of being a mom. Make sure you laugh every day! Treat yourself to a massage to help release hormones that boost mood. Keep a daily journal that includes things you are thankful for. Read more

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