Saturday, 22 September 2018

Consumption of dairy products may prevent cerebrovascular diseases

Owing to its relatively high levels of saturated fat, consumption of dairy products has long been thought to increase the risk of death, particularly from coronary heart disease (CHD), cerebrovascular disease and cancer. Consuming dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt may be beneficial as they protect against mortality from cerebrovascular causes, suggests a study, emphasizing the need to reconsider previous guidelines that advise a limit on dairy products' intake. Yet the evidence for any such link is inconsistent. The study showed that the consumption of all dairy products was associated with a 4% lower risk for cerebrovascular mortality.

Consumption of milk: 7% lower the risk.

Consumption of cheese: 8% lower the risk than the total mortality.

Consumption of Yogurt: 3% lower the risk.

Thus, the current guidelines limiting the consumption of dairy products, especially cheese and yogurt, should be relaxed, instead drinking of non-fat or low-fat milk should be recommended, especially for those who consume large quantities of milk.


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Broken Heart Syndrome

Broken heart syndrome is a temporary heart condition that's often brought on by stressful situations, such as the death of a loved one. The condition can also be triggered by a serious physical illness or surgery. People with broken heart syndrome may have sudden chest pain or think they're having a heart attack.
In broken heart syndrome, there's a temporary disruption of your heart's normal pumping function in one area of the heart. The remainder of the heart functions normally or with even more forceful contractions. Broken heart syndrome may be caused by the heart's reaction to a surge of stress hormones.

The condition may also be called takotsubo cardiomyopathy, apical ballooning syndrome or stress cardiomyopathy by doctors. The symptoms of broken heart syndrome are treatable, and the condition usually reverses itself in days or weeks.

Symptoms


Broken heart syndrome symptoms can mimic a heart attack. Common symptoms include:
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
Any long-lasting or persistent chest pain could be a sign of a heart attack.



Thursday, 6 September 2018

8 warning signs of Hypertension

1. Headaches – Fluctuation in high blood pressure can cause headaches

2. Dizziness – The lowering or heightening of blood pressure causes the heart to work harder, causing people to feel dizzy or light-headed

3. Blurred vision – The optical nerve, located behind the eye, can be affected by hypertension

4. Nausea and vomiting – It is not uncommon for the digestive system to be disturbed due to high blood pressure

5. Chest pain – The heart will pump faster and harder than usual

6. Shortness of breath – Disturbances in circulation can cause shortness of breath

7. Nosebleeds – Small blood vessels can swell up in the nose and burst

8. Flushing of the face, sweat, and nerves – High blood pressure can cause panic attacks


Hypertension

Monday, 3 September 2018

Benefits of Beetroot juice in controlling Hypertension

Patients could also lower their risk of hypertension symptoms by drinking beetroot juice, according to a British Heart Foundation study.

The nitrates in beetroot may be the key to reducing blood pressure, scientists claimed.

Roasting or juicing beetroot could also harbor anti-hypertensive benefits, as the root vegetable is water soluble, and boiling them will lower the number of benefits.

Eating a diet rich in nitrates, from natural sources like beets and leafy green vegetables, is good advice.

Experts say it’s the high concentration of nitrates in beets that are responsible for the benefits.

In a lengthy biological process, nitrates from dietary sources like beets and leafy green vegetables are converted to nitric oxide within the body. The nitric oxide then relaxes blood vessels and dilates them, which helps the blood flow more easily and lowers blood pressure.


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Saturday, 1 September 2018

Heart health and Dementia

A recent study suggested that having a healthy heart lowers the risk of Dementia. Taking action to lower the risk of heart attacks also lowers the risk of developing Dementia. The study suggests that when it comes to achieving a “lifetime of robust brain health free of dementia, it is never too early or too late to strive for attainment of ideal cardiovascular health. 

Although dementia is a major public health concern, its incidence rate has actually been declining in both the United States and other developed countries in recent decades.

Many factors have been cited as possible reasons for the decline, including better education, increased wealth and greater use of anti-inflammatory drugs. But also on that list is improved control of risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (ones involving the heart and blood vessels).

“The recent decline in dementia incidence was preceded by a halving of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease incidence over the past 60 years,”

The seven evidence-based metrics are the following:
  • not smoking
  • having a body mass index (BMI) under 25
  • getting regular exercise
  • having blood pressure under 120/80 mm Hg
  • keeping total cholesterol under 200 mg/dL
  • keeping blood glucose (sugar) under 100 mg/dL
  • eating fish twice a week and fruits and vegetables at least three times a day.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Difference between heart attack and broken heart syndrome

Broken heart syndrome, also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy, can strike even if you’re healthy. (Tako tsubo, by the way, are octopus traps that resemble the pot-like shape of the stricken heart.)

Heart attack and broken heart syndrome: What’s the difference?


Some signs and symptoms of broken heart syndrome differ from those of heart attack. In broken heart syndrome, symptoms occur suddenly after extreme emotional or physical stress. Here are some other differences:
  • EKG (a test that records the heart’s electric activity) results don’t look the same as the EKG results for a person having a heart attack.
  • Blood tests show no signs of heart damage.
  • Tests show no signs of blockages in the coronary arteries.
  • Tests show ballooning and unusual movement of the lower left heart chamber (left ventricle).
  • Recovery time is quick, usually within days or weeks (compared with the recovery time of a month or more for a heart attack).

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Some different ways to handle stress

Stress isn't just a minor annoyance; it's actually a pretty major health hazard. Chronic stress can contribute to issues such as headaches, sleep disturbances, high blood pressure, and weakened immunity. It can also lead to serious health conditions such as depression, obesity, and heart disease.

Some habits listed below help them to be stress-free.

  • Calm morning: A smoother morning equals less stress all the day.
  • Clean workplace: A clear workplace = A clear mind.
  • Breathing: A deep breath is a scientifically proven method of recentering the mind and bringing it to focus faster.
  • Diverting: When too much stressed just move away from the place, take a walk, have a cup of coffee, talk to someone and divert the mind.
  • Move out: When there is too much stress in work environment. Moving out and having a 10 minutes fresh air walk freshens the mind.
  • Posture: The way you sit also can help you in a positive way to ease your mind. When you put your head and spine up it is informing a way that everything is under control.
  • No chocolates: Sounds strange but important fact to know. Intake of sugar when the mind is stressed increases anxiety and stress than reducing it.
  • Thoughts: Being positive and always confessing positive thoughts can improve the situation from worse to better.
  • Funny video: Laughing out loud is at times the best medicine to stressed mind. Thus, watch some funny videos and laugh out well.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Blood Pressure and Cholesterol-lowering Drugs Continue to Improve Survival After a Decade

Patients in their mid-60s with high blood pressure were less likely to die from heart disease or stroke by age 75-80 if they had taken both calcium channel blocker-based blood pressure lowering treatment and a statin. Patients with high blood pressure and three or more additional risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Patients who took a newer blood pressure lowering treatment (based on a calcium channel blocker) for 5.5 years were 29 percent less likely to have died from a stroke 10 years later than those taking an older regimen (based on a beta-blocker). There was a non-significant trend towards 10 percent fewer cardiovascular deaths with the newer therapy. We have previously shown that statins confer long-term survival benefits after trials have stopped, but this is the first time it has been found with a blood pressure treatment, says the researcher.

The findings provide further support for the use of an effective blood pressure lowering therapy plus a statin in most patients with high blood pressure. 

  • A main objective of the initial ASCOT trial was to find out whether a new treatment strategy for high blood pressure was more effective in preventing heart attacks than an old strategy. Patients with high blood pressure were randomly allocated to:
    • The new treatment of amlodipine (a calcium channel blocker) plus perindopril (an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor) if needed to achieve the target blood pressure; or
    • The old therapy of atenolol (a beta-blocker) plus bendroflumethiazide (a diuretic) and potassium if needed.

The medicines were taken for a median of 5.5 years when the trial was stopped because the newer treatment prevented more strokes and deaths.
  • A second aim of the trial was to discover if a statin would provide added protection against coronary heart disease in patients with high blood pressure and cholesterol levels below 6.5 mmol/L. Patients with a blood cholesterol level of 6.5 mmol/l or less were randomly allocated to atorvastatin or placebo for 3.3 years when the trial was prematurely stopped because atorvastatin prevented more heart attacks and strokes.
  • A third aim of the trial was to evaluate the effectiveness of the newer versus older blood pressure lowering treatment in patients with high blood pressure and high cholesterol (above 6.5 mmol/l).



Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Benefits of Kiwi in control of Hypertension

High blood pressure risk could be lowered by making some diet or lifestyle changes. You could lower your risk of hypertension symptoms by adding this cheap, exotic fruit to your breakfast routine.
Eating kiwi fruit every day is a great way to slash your odds of high blood pressure, scientists have claimed.

Adding three kiwis to your daily routine could lower your blood pressure, according to Norwegian scientists.

It could reduce blood pressure by as much as 3.6/1.9mmHg, they revealed. The fruit is rich in vitamin C, which could be causing the improved blood pressure in patients, the scientists added.

To gain the benefits, you should eat three kiwi fruits every day for eight weeks, they claimed.
“Kiwifruit contains bioactive substances that may lower blood pressure and improve endothelial function,” said the researchers in the 2015 study.


“Among men and women with moderately elevated blood pressure, intake of three kiwi fruits was associated with lower systolic and diastolic 24-hour blood pressure compared with one apple a day.”



Monday, 27 August 2018

Deep forehead wrinkles, more than what is typical for your age, may signal a higher risk of dying of a cardiovascular disease.

The most common types of cardiovascular diseases include coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, cardiac arrest, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, peripheral artery disease, stroke, and congenital heart disease.

According to the study by the European Society of Cardiology, assessing brow wrinkles could be an easy, low-cost way to identify people in a high-risk category for cardiovascular disease. “We explored forehead wrinkles as a marker because it’s so simple and visual. Just looking at a person’s face could sound an alarm, then we could give advice to lower risk.”

Risk of heart disease increases as people age, but lifestyle changes like getting more exercise or eating healthier food can lower the risks.


“Of course, if you have a person with a potential cardiovascular risk, you have to check classical risk factors like blood pressure as well as lipid and blood glucose levels, but you could already share some recommendations on lifestyle factors,” Esquirol added.


Saturday, 25 August 2018

High blood pressure warning - do you see this sign in your eyes? Symptoms revealed

HIGH blood pressure symptoms include headaches, chest pain and finding blood in urine. You could also be at risk of hypertension signs if you see these “floaters”.

High blood pressure affects more than 25 percent of all UK adults.

The condition, which is also known as hypertension, puts extra pressure on blood vessels and vital organs. It’s not always possible to know if someone is at risk of high blood pressure. But, some symptoms may become visible if the patient has extremely high blood pressure.

Seeing floaters could be a warning sign of hypertension, according to Superdrug. Floaters are dots or lines in the eyes that you can see. They may appear as small dark dots, squiggly lines, rings or cobwebs, said the NHS.

You could be at risk of high blood pressure if you see floaters and they’re obstructing your vision.
“It is unlikely what you're experiencing is symptoms of high blood pressure,” said Superdrug.

Other high blood pressure symptoms include headaches and dizziness. Facial flushing, nosebleeds, nausea, and palpitations could also be signs of hypertension.

Controlling your blood pressure is crucial, as hypertension increases the risk of some deadly conditions, including heart attacks and strokes.



Thursday, 23 August 2018

High cholesterol early in life boosts heart disease risk

"High cholesterol at younger ages means there will be a greater burden of cardiovascular disease as these individuals age. This research highlights the need to educate Americans of any age on the risks of elevated cholesterol, and ways to keep cholesterol at a healthy level throughout life."

A new study — the findings of which appear in the journal Circulation — suggests that people with high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol early in life may experience an increased lifetime risk of death related to cardiovascular disease (CVD).

LDL cholesterol can increase cardiovascular risk at high levels because it leads to lipid buildup in the arteries, which can affect the blood flow to and from the heart.

Specifically, the researchers wanted to find out whether individuals currently considered at low risk of CVD or CHD for the coming 10 years may benefit from learning about their cholesterol levels earlier in life and keeping them in check so as to prevent the development of complications.
Article by Dr. Robert Eckel, the former president of the American Heart Association (AHA)



Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Dairy Products and Health Benefits

Dairy fat may prevent heart disease, stroke

To study the effect of dairy on mortality risk and cardiovascular health, Dr. Mozaffarian and team examined over 2,900 U.S. seniors, aged 65 and above.
The researchers measured the participants’ blood plasma levels of three fatty acids contained by dairy products at the beginning of the study in 1992, 6 years later, and then 13 years later.
Associations with “total mortality, cause-specific mortality, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk” were examined.

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