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Tips for a Heart Healthy Holiday

The holidays are a time for food, family, and fun — but don’t forget your heart health! Try these tips to have a heart-healthy holiday.The holidays are a time for food, family, and fun — but don’t forget your heart health! Try these tips to have a heart-healthy holiday. The holiday season is full of baking, gifting and, unfortunately, visits to the emergency room. Year after year, New York City ER doctors see a ten percent uptick in patients during the holidays. Why? All of the merriment that comes with Thanksgiving and Christmas brings light-hanging disasters, kitchen accidents, and eggnog-induced falls. Heart disease risk factors, in particular, skyrocket during the…

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Could Man’s Best Friend Improve Your Heart Health?

New studies reveal that adopting a dog can improve your heart health. Here’s what we know. For years, dogs have been man’s best friend. Our furry companions offer unconditional love, reduce our stress, and, according to two recently published studies, they might also have a positive impact on our heart health.   The studies from the Mayo Clinic and Circulation — published in August and October, respectively — reveal that dog owners live longer and fare better after a heart attack or stroke than do individuals who don’t own a canine friend or live with a spouse or children. In fact, some findings reveal that dog owners are 33 percent less…

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What Does Your Heart Rate Say About Your Health?

Your heart rate provides a window into your cardiovascular fitness.  Do you know your resting heart rate (RHR)? If you don’t, you should. This number, a tally of how many times your heart beats per minute, is a leading indicator of your cardiovascular health. RHR measures your pulse while you’re at rest. During the day, your heart rate adapts to your changing physical activity levels. While you exercise, for instance, your heart fuels your body with more oxygen. When you’re sitting still, you need less oxygen and your heart rate slows. Your RHR provides a rough picture of your heart health. If your RHR is higher than average, you may…

How Can I Prevent Heart Disease?

Although heart disease is serious, it’s also very preventable if you’re willing to practice some healthy habits. Keeping our hearts strong is the key to a long, healthy life, and the dangers of failing to do so are very real. In 2015 and 2016 — the most recent years for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published mortality rates — heart disease accounted for 23% of all deaths, topping both cancer and accidents. Fortunately, heart disease, heart failure, heart attacks, and strokes are all preventable. In fact, it’s estimated that around 80% of cardiovascular ailments can be avoided by adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle and regularly monitoring important…