Heart Health e-News: May 2013 - Exercise, Alternative Therapies May Help Lower Blood Pressure

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Exercise, Alternative Therapies May Help Lower Blood Pressure
Report suggests some approaches might work alongside -- not instead of -- traditional therapy

MONDAY, April 22 Alternative treatments like transcendental meditation, biofeedback and guided breathing appear to reduce high blood pressure in some people, a new report suggests.

But only one method that does not in... » Read the full article

Tackling Diet, Exercise Together Produces Best Results: Study
If you have to choose one at a time, hit the gym first, researchers add

MONDAY, April 22 If you're trying to get healthy, tackling both diet and exercise is better than trying to improve one lifestyle habit at a time, new research suggests.

The researchers did... » Read the full article

Heart Scarring May Be More Dangerous Than Thought, Study Suggests
Anomaly in a cardiac pumping chamber shows up on EKG and is tied to higher heart failure rate

TUESDAY, April 16 A common test that records the electrical activity of the heart can identify a potentially serious heart problem previously thought to pose no threat, a new study says.

The condition, called "left an... » Read the full article

Higher Heart Rate Tied to Earlier Death, Even in Fit People
Findings suggest a second look at what range is considered normal, researcher says

TUESDAY, April 16 Faster heart rates in otherwise healthy men could be a harbinger of an earlier death, even among those who exercise, a new Danish study suggests.

The finding provides more evidence of the potential d... » Read the full article

Radiation Therapy May Raise Future Death Risk From Heart Surgery
Study found nearly doubled risk tied to chest radiation received years ago

THURSDAY, April 11 Cancer survivors who had chest radiation therapy have a nearly twofold increased risk of dying in the years after having major heart surgery, a new study finds.

Researchers looked at 173 people who ... » Read the full article

Compound in Red Meat, Energy Drinks May Have Heart Disease Link
Gut bacteria break down carnitine into another substance that damages blood vessels, study finds

SUNDAY, April 7 A compound found in red meat and added as a supplement to popular energy drinks promotes hardening and clogging of the arteries, otherwise known as atherosclerosis, a new study sugges... » Read the full article

Health Tip: Keep Your Family Fit
Begin a regular tennis match

You don't have to make staying fit a go-it-alone activity. Have the rest of the family join in.

The Shapeup.org website offers these suggestions for family-fitness activities:

Start a regular family t... » Read the full article

Health Tip: Enjoy More Herbs and Seasonings
And spice up your culinary fare

Adding herbs and seasonings to your diet can spice up your meals without adding fat, calories or salt.

The University of Michigan Health System offers these suggestions for using herbs and spices in your diet:

... » Read the full article

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May 03, 2013

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Top 5 Risk Factors for Heart Disease
Heart disease, a blanket term used to describe a number of different diseases that affect the heart, is the leading cause of death among men and women.
How To Confirm if My Blood Pressure is Really Too High
An ambulatory blood pressure monitor helps determine if you just have "White-coat hypertension" of you do, in fact, need treatment for your blood pressure.
What is Hypertension?
Find out more about the "silent killer": High Blood Pressure.
Health Tip: Lower Your Blood Pressure
Ease up on the salt
Air Pollution May Speed Hardening of Arteries
Study found people exposed to higher levels showed more thickening of vessels
Health Tip: Some Fats Are Healthier
Here's how they can help
Mediterranean Diet Benefits Heart, Even Without Weight Loss: Study
Healthy eating helped men lower bad cholesterol
Mediterranean Diet Might Help Stave Off Dementia
Large study showed better retention of mental skills in seniors who had followed it
'Western' Diet Not the Way to Age Well
British study says fried foods and red meat lead to premature aging, illness
Gorging at the Buffet Table? Tactics May Help You Eat Less
Study reveals how people stay in control when faced with endless portions, many choices
Health Tip: Resolve to Meet Your Exercise Goals
Make them realistic and attainable
Kcentra Approved to Stop Severe Bleeding in Heart Patients
Can be given faster than plasma
New Alternatives to Coumadin (warfarin) to Reduce the Risk of Stroke in the Treatment of Atrial Fib
Health Tip: Why Did I Faint?
Here's a list of common (and generally less dangerous) causes
More Serious Causes of Fainting (Syncope)
Read about some of the cardiac causes of syncope
Men Who Are Obese While Young Can Pay a Price Later
Danish study found overweight males in their 20s had worse health in middle age
Antibiotic Azithromycin Won't Harm Healthy Hearts: Study
Researchers found no increased death risk in those free of cardiovascular disease
What is an Electrocardiogram?
Find out more about how (and why) an ECG (EKG) is done.
Even in Young Adults, Binge Drinking May Harm Circulation
Study of college students found changes that could lead to future heart troubles
Common Heart Meds May Boost Recovery From Non-Cardiac Surgeries
Large study looked at possible protective effect of beta-blockers
'Gut Reaction' May Predict Cardiovascular Risk
Higher levels of stomach substance called TMAO linked to heart attack, stroke, study suggests
Health Tip: Don't Ignore Pacemaker Issues
Have it checked frequently
More Infants Surviving With Serious Heart Defects
But death risk still too high, researchers say
Study Links Stillbirth to Genes Tied to Dangerous Heart Rhythm
Variation seen in 'long QT syndrome' found in nearly 20 percent of cases
Secondhand Smoke Tied to Lower 'Good' Cholesterol in Teen Girls
Living with smokers may raise risk for heart disease, study suggests
Why is abnormal cholesterol important
Hypercholesterolemia (including low "good" or HDL cholesterol) can lead to the build-up of plaque in arteries (atherosclerosis).
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