preventing heart disease

Heart Health – There’s an app for that!

by Leigh on November 19, 2015

You and your smartphone most likely already have something of a love affair, but new research suggests that your phone might actually be good for your heart.

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Problems in the bedroom are often a matter of the heart, but you wouldn’t necessarily link erectile dysfunction with heart attacks. There is plenty of evidence to suggest, however, that anyone experiencing erectile dysfunction ought to seek medical attention to ensure that this isn’t an early sign of cardiovascular disease.

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Australian researchers are investigating the potential for probiotics to help lower blood pressure naturally. The scientists, who work at the Griffith Health Institute and School of Medicine, Griffith University, and Cardiac Services/Cardiology, Gold Coast Health, Australia, carried out a systematic review of the evidence from randomised controlled trials where people with hypertension took certain strains […]

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Beetroot Juice Lowers High Blood Pressure

by Leigh on January 15, 2015

Few things beat beets for lowering high blood pressure, at least according to the results of a randomized phase 2 trial funded by the British Heart Foundation and published in the journal Hypertension. A 250 ml glass of beetroot juice taken daily led to significant reductions in blood pressure compared to placebo in patients with […]

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Heart Disease, Sausage Link?

by Leigh on November 24, 2014

Processed red meats, including sausages and ham, significantly increase the risk of heart failure and death from heart failure, according to a study published in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure. The report, by Dr Joanna Kaluza of Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland, included calculations of an 8% and 38% increase in the risk of […]

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Coffee and Chocolate for Heart Health

by Leigh on August 12, 2014

There are probably few things more welcome than some evidence-based advice to include chocolate and coffee in your diet to support heart health, but this is precisely the recommendation that can be taken from a recent study presented at the European Atherosclerosis Society 2014 Congress (EAS 2014). The study looked at the influence of dietary […]

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There are a number of ways to lower total cholesterol levels and improve healthy cholesterol levels without resorting to statins or other medications with potentially fatal side-effects. Simple steps to take to reduce your risk of clogged arteries include: Exercising regularly Limiting alcohol intake Eating a heart healthy diet Avoiding smoking Cholesterol-Lowering Dietary Changes Just […]

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Can Statins be Dangerous?

by Leigh on March 20, 2013

Statins work by blocking a specific liver enzyme that produces cholesterol and this can prevent the continued build-up of cholesterol plaques in the arterial walls. Over time, the body may then be able to clear some of the clogged arteries and lower the risk of heart disease. However, cholesterol is essential for some bodily processes, […]

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Should you need more incentive to take a natural approach to lowering cholesterol and your risk for heart disease, a new study suggests that high potency statins could increase your risk of acute kidney injury by more than a third. The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, researchers who carried out this study looked at over […]

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Blueberries and strawberries are associated with a significant reduction in the risk of a heart attack according to a recent study. A diet rich in anthocyanins, found in abundance in berries, reduced (myocardial infarction) MI risk by 32% in the analysis of data from the Nurses’ Health Study, with consumption of the specific berries having […]

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