Heart Health e-News: March 2013 - Mediterranean Diet Proves to be Heart Healthy Again

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March 01, 2013

In This Issue
Another Study Says Mediterranean Diet Good for the Heart
Exercise Safety Tips for People With Heart Disease
Too Much Sitting Linked to Chronic Health Problems
Health Tip: Use Focused Imagery to Relax
Calcium Supplements May Raise Odds of Heart Death in Women
High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy May Predict Later Ills, Study Says
Study Ties Gene to Dangerous Heart Valve Deposits
Heart Attack Patients Do Better if They Had Chest Pain First
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What is a Heart-protective Mediterranean Diet ?

Follow a Mediterranean Diet==========>
Tips for Heart Healthy Meals ============>

As we've been telling our patients for years:  Go Mediterranean!!

Health News

Another Study Says Mediterranean Diet Good for the Heart

It beat a low-fat eating plan in helping high-risk people avoid cardiovascular problems

MONDAY, Feb. 25 Score another heart-health win for the Mediterranean diet.

Eating a diet rich in olive oil, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, along with red wine, helped those at high risk for cardiovascular problems avoid heart trouble better th... » Read the full article

Exercise Safety Tips for People With Heart Disease

Start by talking to your doctor, experts advise

SATURDAY, Feb. 23 People with heart disease who want to exercise should first get the OK from their doctor and then follow certain health and safety measures, according to the American Council on Exercise.

Every exercise session should include at ... » Read the full article

Too Much Sitting Linked to Chronic Health Problems

Risks for diabetes, cancer and heart disease all seem to rise with more time spent seated, study finds

THURSDAY, Feb. 21 People who spend hours each day without getting up and moving around should take heed: A new study suggests that the more people sit each day, the greater their risk for chronic health problems, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.<... » Read the full article

Health Tip: Use Focused Imagery to Relax

Visualize peace and calm

Focused imagery is a relaxation exercise that can help you relax and deflect stress.

The Cleveland Clinic suggests how to practice focused imagery:

Visualize a peaceful, relaxing image to help you tune out stress. Go to ... » Read the full article

Calcium Supplements May Raise Odds of Heart Death in Women

Study also found combined risk from dietary calcium, pills

TUESDAY, Feb. 12 Women eating a high-calcium diet and taking calcium supplements adding up to more than 1,400 milligrams a day may be running nearly twice the risk of dying from heart disease, a large Swedish study suggests.

Both men and women ta... » Read the full article

High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy May Predict Later Ills, Study Says

Even transient hypertension linked to heart and kidney disease, diabetes

MONDAY, Feb. 11 Women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy are at increased risk for heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes later in life, according to a new study.

The increased risk was seen even in women who had only one or two hig... » Read the full article

Study Ties Gene to Dangerous Heart Valve Deposits

Severe calcium build-up in aortic valve can block blood flow to body

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 Researchers have identified a gene variant that doubles the risk of having calcium deposits on the heart's aortic valve.

Severe aortic valve calcification can cause narrowing or blockage of the aortic valve, a condition called ao... » Read the full article

Heart Attack Patients Do Better if They Had Chest Pain First

Study found this holds true even with latest cardiac procedures

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 People who have chest pain in the 24 hours before a heart attack have smaller heart attacks and better outcomes than those without pre-heart attack chest pain, even when they undergo angioplasty and stenting, a new study shows.

D... » Read the full article

Sibling's Death May Boost Your Own Risk of Dying From Heart Attack
  If you -- or someone you know -- has a family member with a history of heart disease or heart attack, it is important to talk with your doctor or a cardiologist to make sure it doesn't happen to you
How Healthy Are Your Arteries?
  Find out how a simple, painless, non-invasive 5-minute test can determine what your risk of heart attack is.
Smiling could be good for your health
  A Genuine Grin Can Help the Heart (WSJ - subscription required) ------------------------------ ------------------------------
When Diet Meets Delicious
  A very insightful overview about how to eat well and healthy (NY Times)
A Healthy Diet That Includes, Yes, Chocolate
  Fill your days with nuts, olive oil, chocolate and wine (more on what participants in the latest study on Mediterranean diet could eat - NY Times)
***Heart Healthy Mediterranean Meals***
  Tips for Heart Healthy Meals and Eating (from the Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology). ....................................... .......................................
Health Tip: Choose Low-Sodium Foods
  Even convenience fare includes healthier options
Everyday Activities May Have Same Health Benefits as Going to Gym
  Study finds that more people who did short bouts of exercise met federal activity standards than those who went to gym
Health Tip: Keep Active by Walking
  Even if you're overweight
Exercising at Midlife May Stave Off Dementia Down the Road
  Working out in your 40s could pay off in your 70s and beyond, study suggests
Marriage May Cut Heart Attack Risk for Both Spouses
  Finding lends support for vow to take 'in sickness and in health'
Ranbaxy Resumes Production Of Statin
  Generic manufacturer resumes making generic version of Lipitor (NY Times - subscription required)
Niacin-Statin Combo May Cause Side Effects for Heart Patients
  Study found that about one-quarter of participants dropped the vitamin due to adverse effects
Dog Study Raises Prospect of Biological Pacemaker for Humans
  But experts say the concept, powered by gene therapy, will have to clear many hurdles to challenge the electronic kind
Heart Failure Drug May Only Help Heart's Function, Not Symptoms
  Spironolactone didn't boost treadmill test results, quality of life in one form of condition, study finds
Drug May Make Walking Easier for People With Artery Disease
  The improvements were relatively small but significant
Lack of Sleep May Lead to Junk-Food Bingeing
  Young men in small study ate more when sleep-deprived
Health Tip: Eating Because You're Bored?
  Don't munch when you're not hungry
Smoking Pot May Raise Stroke Risk in Young Adults
  But, experts say small study is not conclusive, tobacco smoking may have clouded results
For Restaurants, Healthier Menus May Mean Healthier Bottom Line
  Increasing lower-calorie choices improves sales growth and traffic, study says
Stars Strut in Red to Bring Awareness to Women's Heart Health
  Annual celebrity-studded fashion show reminds women heart disease is their No. 1 killer
Cut Salt, Save 500,000 U.S. Lives Over a Decade
  Strategy would greatly reduce deaths from stroke and heart attack
First-Born May Be at Greater Risk for Diabetes, Hypertension
  Researchers think better flow of nutrients to the womb in subsequent pregnancies might explain why
Damage to Tiny Blood Vessels in Brain May Raise Alzheimer's Risk
  Finding could point to new targets for treatment, prevention
Patients Often Ill-Informed on Impact of Heart Device
  Doctors focus on technical side of implantable defibrillator, not its effect on quality of life: study
Women's Heart Health Knowledge Improved
  While awareness has increased for everyone, minorities still lag behind, researchers say - a racial Gap persists
Injected 'Hydrogel' May Help Repair Failing Hearts
  Testing in pigs shows it serves as platform for growth of healthy tissue; human trials are planned
High-Antioxidant Diet May Not Prevent Stroke, Dementia
  Instead, the type of antioxidant-rich food you eat might be key
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