Protect Your Heart With These 4 Tips

heart healthy appleAccording to the Centers for Disease Control, each year over 800,000 Americans suffer a heart attack. Of these, over 600,000 are a first heart attack and about 200,000 happen to people who have already had a heart attack. Even more thought provoking is that about  1 in 5 heart attacks is silent, where the damage is done, but the person is not aware of it.

A heart attack happens when the blood supply to a portion of the heart is suddenly cut off. Continue reading “Protect Your Heart With These 4 Tips”

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The Dangers of Industry-Influenced Dietary Guidelines

dietary guidelinesCholesterol from eggs raises the risk of heart disease and early death, according to a new study in JAMA. The news shouldn’t come as a shock. Decades of research has shown the dangers of dietary cholesterol. So what made the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans almost drop cholesterol warnings? Industries with an interest in keeping Americans unhealthy.

After the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its report stating that cholesterol is no longer “a nutrient of concern for overconsumption,” the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine filed a lawsuit Continue reading “The Dangers of Industry-Influenced Dietary Guidelines”

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Vegan Diet Could Cut Holiday Heart Attack Risk

vegan lasagne aExcessive eating this Christmas – and for many that means loading up on eggnog, cheese plates, ham, roast beef, and turkey – could lead to a holiday heart attack, according to a new study.

Swedish researchers found that heart attack risk increased by 37% on Christmas eve and 15% on Christmas day. This was compared to the 2 weeks before and after Christmas, and was possibly due in part to overeating. People with type 2 diabetes and heart disease were at greater risk – that’s more than 120 million Americans.

Of course, filling up on baked potatoes and broccoli won’t lead to a heart attack. Continue reading “Vegan Diet Could Cut Holiday Heart Attack Risk”

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Keep on Top of Heart Health

heart-handsTwo days ago, musician Tom Petty died of a heart attack at the age of 66. His legacy will be his music, which spanned 40 years and included songs like American Girl and Free Falling. However, his passing should also serve as a reminder that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women.

Heart disease is a term used to describe several conditions, many of which are related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries. As the plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for heart attack or stroke. Other types of heart problems include angina, arrhythmias and heart failure. Continue reading “Keep on Top of Heart Health”

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Does Your Doctor Discuss Nutrition With You?

vegetablesDid you know that 80% of heart attacks could be prevented if we overhauled our diet and lifestyle?

Studies show that people who follow a plant-based diet centered around fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and the lowest rates of heart disease. One study showed that 81% of patients with heart disease who switched to a plant-based diet experienced fewer symptoms and complications, while nearly a quarter reversed the disease entirely. Continue reading “Does Your Doctor Discuss Nutrition With You?”

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