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Evening Eating May Cause Worsened Heart Health

It’s not just what you eat — it’s when. A new study suggests consuming meals late at night may harm our cardiovascular health. Is eating later in the evening dangerous to your heart? A new study concludes that when we consume most of our calories can be just as harmful to our cardiovascular health as what we eat. The report, presented at a recent American Heart Association conference, analyzed the eating patterns of 112 women who recorded what they ate and when for the first week of the study and one week 12 months after the study began. After reviewing the participants’ food diaries, researchers noted that women who took…

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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…

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Heart Problems in Young Athletes

Though it’s very rare, it’s not unheard of for young athletes to unexpectedly die of heart conditions. Here’s what to know and how to prevent this tragedy. It’s very rare for young athletes to die from unexpected heart complications — but in exceptional cases, it does happen. For parents of young athletes, these headline-making stories can be a source of alarm. But there’s hardly reason for panic if you’re knowledgeable about the symptoms that these unusual cardiac disorders might present, and how to properly spot the difference between normal athlete’s heart and a more serious condition.  Athlete’s heart — is it dangerous?  Parents of young athletes might have heard of…

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Understanding Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral vascular disease refers to narrowed arteries in the leg due to a build-up of fatty deposits. A potentially serious condition, PVD can be successfully treated with lifestyle changes. Peripheral vascular disease (PVD), also known as peripheral artery disease, refers to a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries outside of the heart or brain. According to the CDC, the condition affects about 8.5 million people in the U.S., between 12 and 20 percent of whom are over the age of 60.  Most often, PVD appears in the legs, where a narrowing of the arteries restricts blood flow to the limbs. As a result, patients with PVD feel pain in…

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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…

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How Do You Choose a Cardiologist?

Choosing a cardiologist isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. Here’s what to consider if you believe you need to see a heart health specialist. Whether you have a serious heart condition or are just looking to visit a cardiologist as a precautionary measure, it’s important that you find a cardiologist that’s a good fit for you. It can be nerve-wracking to talk about your heart health, and you want to know you’re in good hands. If you’re thinking about seeking out a heart care specialist, you’re already on the right track to taking good care of your cardiac health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 25…

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Am I at Risk of Serious Heart Disease?

Am I at Risk of Serious Heart Disease? Heart attacks are a leading cause of death in the U.S. Fortunately, the top three risk factors are ones you can control. Each year, one in four Americans dies from a heart attack, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some risk factors for heart disease are outside of our control — it tends to run in families and certain ethnic groups, for instance, such as African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Native Americans. Its prevalence also increases with age, and heart attacks tend to affect more men than women. Yet several of the major causes of heart disease can…

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Does Heat Affect My Cardiovascular Disease?

Does Heat Affect My Cardiovascular Disease? Rising temperatures put patients with heart conditions at risk. Here’s how to stay safe this summer. There’s nothing quite like spending a sunny summer day outside with friends and family. But as we approach the summer season in Arizona, temperatures are about to spike. The Scottsdale area reached a scorching 108°F last June, and saw an even hotter July. While these extreme temperatures can cause anyone discomfort, they pose a real danger to individuals with heart conditions. When we’re in a hot environment, our hearts pump extra blood to the skin — up to four times more than normal — to activate our sweat…

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