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Health Tip: Eating Red Meat

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-- Too much red meat can be bad for your heart and general health. Red meat tends to be higher in both saturated fat and cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends: In lieu of red meat, opt for skinless chicken or turkey, fish or beans. If you really love red meat, watch how much you eat. Stick to a healthy portion size, which for red meat is about the size of a deck of cards. Look for leaner cuts, possibly labeled as sirloin, round or loin. Before you cook, cut away visible fat. After cooking, pour off the fat from the pan before eating. Healthier ways of preparing meat include stewing, broiling or baking. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, High Cholesterol, Weight Loss, Hypertriglyceridemia, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

NFL Linemen Keep Growing, Putting Their Health at Risk, Experts Say

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FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 – As the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers gear up for Sunday's Super Bowl 50 showdown, many may be focused on the potential dangers of concussion, but that's not the only health risk football players face. Concern about the size of players – especially linemen – has been growing along with the players' waistlines. And some researchers are now suggesting that these athletes should be monitored for health problems. Physicians who work with overweight National Football League and college-level football players "should be aware of the potential for elevated blood pressure, diabetes and abnormal cholesterol levels," said Jeffrey Potteiger, co-author of a commentary reviewing the possible risks facing these young men. And the risk is especially high in athletes who pack plenty of fat around the abdomen, he added. Potteiger, a physical education specialist and dean ... Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Type 2, Obesity, Hypertension, Ischemic Stroke, Weight Loss, Insulin Resistance, Transient Ischemic Attack, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Hypertensive Heart Disease

Depression May Boost Seniors' Risk for Heart Disease, Stroke

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THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – Depression increases the risk of heart disease and stroke in older adults, a new study indicates. The researchers looked at more than 7,300 seniors in France with no history of heart disease, stroke or dementia at the start of the study period. Participants were assessed again two, four and seven years later. Initially, about 30 percent of the women and 15 percent of the men had high levels of depression symptoms. At each follow-up visit, about 40 percent of those with high levels of depression symptoms had recovered, while the same percentage had new depression symptoms, the study authors said. At all assessments during the study, less than 10 percent of participants were taking antidepressant medications, according to the report published online recently in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Study participants who had high levels of depression ... Read more

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Text Messages May Prompt People to Take Their Meds

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TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 - When patients with chronic diseases get text reminders from their doctor's office to take their medicines, it doubles the chances they will take those drugs as prescribed, a new analysis finds. "Text messaging support programs have immense potential in health care," said lead researcher Clara Chow, director of the cardiovascular division at The George Institute for Global Health, in Sydney, Australia. Chow and her team reviewed the results of 16 randomized clinical trials that assessed the effect of text messaging on the adherence of taking medication by those with chronic diseases. The problem of medication adherence is well known, Chow said, with many patients not sticking to the schedule. As a result, their disease may not be under good control. "It is difficult to remain committed to long-term medication therapy for patients with chronic disease, and as many ... Read more

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Fitness Linked to Better Survival After First Heart Attack

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MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Being in good shape may improve a person's chances of surviving a first heart attack, a new study indicates. "We knew that fitter people generally live longer, but we now have evidence linking fitness to survival after a first heart attack," said study author Dr. Michael Blaha. He is a heart specialist and assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. "It makes sense, but we believe this is the first time there is documentation of that association," Blaha said in a Hopkins news release. The study also adds to evidence that regular exercise reduces the risk of heart attack and death from all causes, he said. The researchers examined the medical records of more than 2,000 people, average age 62, who had done a treadmill stress test before they suffered a first heart attack. The tests provide a metabolic equivalent ... Read more

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Too Sedentary? There's an App for That

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 – Smartphone reminders about getting up and moving around may help boost people's physical activity levels and reduce their risk of cancer, a pilot study suggests. Inactivity increases the risk of overweight and obesity and has been linked to an increased risk of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, which noted that, on average, American adults are inactive about eight waking hours a day. Participants in the study wore portable devices called accelerometers, to measure movement, for seven days and carried smartphones with them. Some who had smartphones received reminders about the health risks of sitting too much and encouraging them to stand up and move around. A control group of other study participants did not receive the reminders. Those who received the smartphone reminders were 3 percent more active over the seven-day study period compared to ... Read more

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Daily Caffeine Doesn't Seem to Jolt the Heart: Study

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TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – There may be good news for coffee, tea and chocolate lovers: Regular caffeine consumption may not cause dangerous racing of the heart, a new study finds. The finding challenges current medical thinking, the study authors said. However, the health risks of heavy caffeine consumption requires additional research, the researchers added. "Clinical recommendations advising against the regular consumption of caffeinated products to prevent disturbances of the heart's cardiac rhythm should be reconsidered, as we may unnecessarily be discouraging consumption of items like chocolate, coffee and tea that might actually have cardiovascular benefits," said study senior author Dr. Gregory Marcus. He is director of clinical research in the division of cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). "Given our recent work demonstrating that extra heartbeats ... Read more

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After Heart Surgery, House Calls by Physician's Assistants Help

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TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – Heart surgery patients who receive home visits from physician's assistants are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital, a new study finds. They also have lower overall health care costs, the researchers said. The study followed nearly 1,200 people after heart surgery. In the week after leaving the hospital, some patients received two home visits from cardiac surgery physician's assistants involved in their care, while those in a "control" group received no visits. Patients who received physician's assistant visits on the second and fifth day after leaving the hospital were 41 percent less likely than those in the control group to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days – 10 percent versus 17 percent, the study found. House calls to 540 patients cost $23,500, but saved $977,500 in hospital readmission costs, researchers said. That means $39 was saved ... Read more

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Long-Term Smog Exposure May Boost Heart, Lung Disease Deaths

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MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 – Long-term exposure to ozone air pollution – commonly known as smog – may increase the risk of death from heart and lung diseases, a new study indicates. Researchers reviewed data from a U.S. study that began in 1982 and found that for every additional 10 parts per billion (ppb) in long-term ozone exposure, adults were 12 percent more likely to die from lung disease. In addition, they were 3 percent more likely to die from heart disease, and 2 percent more likely to die from any cause, according to the study. It was published online recently in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Pollution specifically attributed to traffic was linked to a 41 percent increased risk of dying from heart disease with each 10 ppb increase in exposure, the investigators found. "About 130 million people are living in areas that exceed the National Ambient ... Read more

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Check Your Risk for Diabetes, CDC Urges

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THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 – No one is excused from diabetes. That's the message behind a new public education campaign targeting the 86 million American adults with what's known as prediabetes. More than one in three adults in the United States has prediabetes, a serious health condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have prediabetes, you have higher than normal blood sugar levels, but not high enough to be diagnosed with full-blown diabetes. "Awareness is crucial in the effort to stop type 2 diabetes," David Marrero, director of the Diabetes Translation Research Center at Indiana University School of Medicine, said in a CDC news release. To learn your risk, you can take a short online test at The test can also be taken through texts and interactive TV and radio ... Read more

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Eating More Healthy Fats May Extend Life, Study Suggests

Posted 21 Jan 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 – For years, experts have preached the gospel of eating "healthy" fats and limiting "unhealthy" fats. Now, a new study contends that if people worldwide began to eat healthier fats, there might be more than a million fewer deaths from heart disease every year. Although a great deal of attention has been focused on reducing saturated fats from the diet, the researchers said the focus should be two-fold: reducing unhealthy fats such as saturated fat and trans fats, and replacing them with healthy fats, such as polyunsaturated fats. "Our findings highlight the importance of ending America's fear of all fat. We estimate that nearly 50,000 Americans die of heart disease each year due to low intake of vegetable oils," said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, senior study author and dean of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston. However, while the ... Read more

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Irregular Heart Beat May Pose Bigger Threat to Women

Posted 20 Jan 2016 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 – The world's most common type of abnormal heart rhythm appears to pose a greater health threat to women than men, a new review suggests. Atrial fibrillation is a stronger risk factor for stroke, heart disease, heart failure and death in women than it is in men, according to an analysis published online Jan. 19 in the BMJ. Atrial fibrillation occurs when rapid, disorganized electrical signals cause the heart's two upper chambers – the atria – to contract in a herky-jerky manner, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The condition is most often associated with an increased risk of stroke, because the irregular rhythm allows blood to pool and clot in the atria. But women with atrial fibrillation are twice as likely to suffer a stroke than men with the condition are, researchers concluded after reviewing evidence from 30 studies involving 4.3 ... Read more

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Exercise Regularly and Your Heart Will Thank You

Posted 18 Jan 2016 by

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 – Regular exercise is essential for keeping your heart healthy, and the more the better, experts from the American College of Cardiology's Sports and Exercise Cardiology Council say. The study authors examined recent research and found that even small amounts of exercise, including standing, can reduce the risk of heart disease. Even greater reductions in risk can be achieved with more exercise, the researchers said. But only half of American adults get the recommended 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week, the report authors noted. The new research also reviewed recent studies that have suggested that excessive aerobic exercise – such as endurance races – may harm the heart. While that possibility warrants further investigation, current research shows that even for people with extremely high levels of training, the benefits of ... Read more

Related support groups: Heart Disease, Angina Pectoris Prophylaxis, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Acute Coronary Syndrome - Prophylaxis, Myocardial Infarction - Prophylaxis

High-Rise Living May Lower Your Chances of Surviving Cardiac Arrest

Posted 18 Jan 2016 by

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 – The view from those upper floors may be breathtaking, but it might come with a risky cost: people living on higher floors appear less likely to survive cardiac arrest, a new study found. In fact, above the third floor, your chances of surviving cardiac arrest get worse the higher up you live – and above the 16th floor, survival is "negligible," according to the study authors. The likely reason is simple. "It takes first responders longer to get to the patients who live on higher floors, so treatment is delayed," said lead researcher Ian Drennan, a paramedic with the York Region Paramedic Services in Canada. When cardiac arrest occurs, patients have a better chance of surviving the sooner they can be defibrillated – shocking the heart back to a normal rhythm. The longer it takes before defibrillation, the less likely the shock will be effective, Drennan said. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Follow the 'Simple 7' For a Healthier Heart

Posted 15 Jan 2016 by

-- For a healthier heart, follow these seven simple rules, courtesy of the American Heart Association: Maintain a healthy blood pressure. Keep cholesterol levels under control. Lower blood sugar levels. Get daily exercise. Eat a healthy diet. Lose excess weight. Quit smoking. Read more

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