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What You May Not Realize About Heart Health and Low-Fat Diets

Many people believe that a low-fat diet is the best way to improve heart health — when, in reality, healthy fats are better than no fat at all.   Diet fads come and go. As soon as a new diet comes on the scene, it often seems as if nutritionists quickly learn that the diet doesn’t have quite as many benefits as dieters were led to believe. But although diets change throughout the years, some trends remain consistent — low-fat diets, for example, have persisted in various shapes and forms throughout the past few decades. What is the low-fat diet “myth”? Beginning in the 1980s, diets with minimal amounts of fat…

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Study Shows More Americans Have Hypertension

A shocking new study finds that more Americans than ever before are struggling with high blood pressure. Here’s what you need to know. When your heart pumps blood through your veins, the pressure that your blood puts on your arterial walls is called blood pressure. When your blood pressure is too high, it’s called hypertension. According to the American Heart Association’s revised guidelines, medical professionals must diagnose a patient with hypertension if their systolic levels are 130 mm Hg or higher and their diastolic levels are 80 mm Hg or higher. Hypertension is often called the “silent killer” because there are no warning signs and many people with hypertension don’t…

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How Does COVID-19 Affect The Heart?

New research suggests cardiovascular damage can be a serious complication of COVID-19.  It’s now well-known that COVID-19 primarily affects the respiratory system. However, as doctors and scientists learn more about how the virus affects the body, they’re discovering it also has serious consequences for heart health. A recent study published in JAMA Cardiology revealed that 78 percent of 100 patients who had recovered from COVID-19 showed heart damage on a follow-up MRI.  Research into COVID-19 and its impact on the heart remains in the early stages. For patients with underlying conditions such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, these preliminary studies are nevertheless a reminder of the importance of preventing infection…

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The Relationship Between Sleep and Heart Health

Getting enough sleep is important for more than just feeling rested — in fact, your sleep habits have a direct impact on the health of your heart.  According to the CDC, the typical adult needs between seven and eight hours of sleep each night. Missing out on a few hours here and there may not seem like much, but repeatedly not getting a full night’s sleep over time can actually have a serious effect on your health, including your heart.  Here’s what you need to know about getting enough sleep and keeping your heart healthy.  How a Lack of Sleep Affects Your Heart  Sleeping fewer than seven hours each night…

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Healthy Heart, Healthy Mind: How Heart Health Can Prevent Dementia

You know taking care of your heart keeps you physically healthy, but it may also help your brain. Taking care of your heart is good for your overall physical wellbeing. But did you know it may also keep your mind sharp as you age? A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology concluded that people with fewer cardiovascular risk factors were less likely to suffer from dementia. Sponsored by the Rush Memory and Aging Project at Rush University, the study followed more than 1,500 subjects with a mean age of 79.5 years who had not been previously diagnosed with dementia over a 21-year period. Participants…

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Maintaining Your Heart Health At Home

Being stuck at home doesn’t mean paying any less attention to your heart health. Here’s how to maintain your health during quarantine. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are spending much more time at home. For many people who kept regular exercise or workout routines at gyms and other facilities, the new at-home situation has created some challenges, especially for those concerned about their cardiovascular health. However, even while many of us aren’t able to make it to the gym, there are still ways to keep our hearts and cardiovascular systems happy. Here are a few tips for maintaining heart health while you’re at home. Try to Exercise…

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Learn the Symptoms of a Silent Heart Attack

  Silent heart attacks don’t involve the typical symptoms, but they can still be life-threatening. Learn how to detect and prevent a silent heart attack.  There’s a lot of misunderstanding about what a heart attack actually feels like. Many people think heart attacks are announced by intense chest pain — but heart attacks are often much sneakier than that. Studies estimate that around 45% of heart attacks are actually “silent” heart attacks.  What is a silent heart attack?  Silent heart attacks aren’t completely unannounced — they just show milder symptoms than the pain associated with a more massive heart attack.  Silent heart attacks can be especially dangerous because they are…

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Study Finds Another Heart Health Benefit of Plant Based Diets

A recent study has shown that plant-based diets can reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by altering your gut microbiome. Plant-based diets have long been recommended to patients who have had heart attacks or other heart problems. In recent years, we have started seeing more and more concrete evidence suggesting that plant-based diets truly are beneficial for improving cardiovascular health.  The reason for this seems to lie in the gut microbiome. We’ve known for a long time that your diet can impact the bacteria in your gut. Thanks to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, we are now learning that those impacts…

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What Do Heart Attacks Feel Like For Women?

  Men and women don’t experience the same heart attack symptoms. Because women’s symptoms are more subtle, being familiar with them could save a life. Quickly recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack can be the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, most people think that heart attack symptoms such as sudden pain in the chest, shortness of breath, and inability to walk and stand are the only heart attack symptoms.  In reality, these well-known symptoms usually only occur in men. Women’s heart attack symptoms tend to be much more subtle, and they’re far less known. Knowing what to watch out for can help you act quickly if a heart…

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Marathon Training May Be Able to Cut Years Off Your Cardiovascular Age

A recent study has found that training for a marathon can undo some of the cardiovascular effects of aging. As we age, time gradually takes its toll on the body. Many of us develop the need for reading glasses, our joints feel achier, and our memory maybe is not as sharp as it once was.  Aging also naturally affects the heart, causing what’s known as aortic stiffness, or a hardening of the arteries and blood vessels that can lead to higher blood pressure and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease — even for people who are otherwise in good health. Aortic stiffness has been linked to a number of health…

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