Barbara Keddy: the Story of a Heart Attack…

by Dr. Stephen Parker (Article selection and Commentary) on May 26, 2013

“January 19, 2013: On a bitterly cold night, I awoke at 1:10 a.m. feeling very strange, a sensation I can’t explain, followed almost immediately with a crushing pain in my back and chest. I woke my husband, Milt, and told him I was having a heart attack. He didn’t believe me, said it was a […]

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Evidence for Statin Use and Cognitive Decline

by Dr. Stephen Parker (Article selection and Commentary) on May 12, 2013

Possible Reason for Cholesterol-Drug Side Effects Such as Memory Loss May 10, 2013 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and physicians continue to document that some patients experience fuzzy thinking and memory loss while taking statins, a class of global top-selling cholesterol-lowering drugs. Share This: 139 A University of Arizona research team has made […]

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Increase of Cholesterol During Winter Months

by Dr. Stephen Parker (Article selection and Commentary) on May 11, 2013

Cholesterol Levels May Vary By Season View the Cholesterol Levels Slideshow Pictures THURSDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol levels increase with winter’s arrival and drop again as warmer weather returns, a new study by Brazilian researchers suggests. “In the winter, people should be careful with their cholesterol levels,” said lead researcher Dr. Filipe Moura, […]

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Even Low Levels of Noise Can Affect the Heart

by Dr. Stephen Parker (Article selection and Commentary) on May 11, 2013

Everyday Noise Levels May Affect the Heart THURSDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) — Even the minor noise that fills everyday life, from the ring of a cell phone to the conversation that follows, may have short-term effects on heart function, a small new study suggests. In the study of 110 adults equipped with portable heart […]

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Heart Attack Reduction: Taking Care of a Dog

by Dr. Stephen Parker (Article selection and Commentary) on May 11, 2013

Pets a Boon for the Human Heart, Cardiologists Say THURSDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) — That four-legged friend of yours may be more than a companion — he also may be boosting your heart health, experts say. An official statement released Thursday by the American Heart Association says there is evidence that having a pet, […]

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Melatonin Research and Heart Disease

by Dr. Stephen Parker (Article selection and Commentary) on April 20, 2013

Melatonin Might Help Control Weight Gain and Prevent Heart Disease Associated With Obesity Apr. 28, 2011 — University of Granada researchers have shown that melatonin — a natural hormone produced by the body — helps in controlling weight gain, even without reducing the intake of food. Melatonin also improves blood lipid profile, as it reduces […]

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Resting Heart Rate as Indication of Heart Disease

by Dr. Stephen Parker (Article selection and Commentary) on April 20, 2013

Risks: Resting Heart Rate as Simple Biomarker By NICHOLAS BAKALAR Published: January 2, 2012 A large study has found that a rise in resting heart rate over a decade may indicate an increased risk of death from coronary artery disease. Norwegian researchers studied 30,000 healthy men and women age 20 and older, checking heart rates […]

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Hair Analysis, Elevated Cortisol and Heart Disease

by Dr. Stephen Parker (Article selection and Commentary) on April 20, 2013

Link Between Chronically Elevated Cortisol Levels And Cardiovascular Disease Revealed By Hair Analysis Hair strands contain valuable information about senior citizens’ stress levels that can be used to determine an individual’s cardiovascular disease risk, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). Unlike a […]

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LDL Cholesterol: The Link Between Alzheimer’s and Heart Disease

by Dr. Stephen Parker (Article selection and Commentary) on April 20, 2013

Cholesterol Increases Risk of Alzheimer’s and Heart Disease Researchers at the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome and the University of Colorado School of Medicine have found that a single mechanism may underlie the damaging effect of cholesterol on the brain and on blood vessels. High levels of blood cholesterol increase the risk of both […]

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Balding Can Increase Heart Attack Risk 32%-84%

by Dr. Stephen Parker (Article selection and Commentary) on April 15, 2013

Balding Men Could Face Higher Heart Risks, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) — New research out of Japan shows a potential link between male baldness and an increased risk for coronary heart disease. But it only affects men who are balding on top. Those with a receding hairline are not at risk, the […]

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Beet Juice Enhances Stamina by 16%

April 13, 2013 Heart Disease

Beetroot juice ‘boosts stamina’ BBC News 6 August 2009 Drinking beetroot juice boosts stamina and could help people exercise for up to 16% longer, a UK study suggests. A University of Exeter team found nitrate contained in the vegetable leads to a reduction in oxygen uptake – making exercise less tiring. The small Journal of […]

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Beet Juice Lowers Blood Pressure

April 13, 2013 Heart Disease

Beet Juice Lowers Blood Pressure Nitrates Found in Vegetables May Protect Blood Vessels By Elisabeth Bergman WebMD Health News Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD Feb. 8, 2008 — Drinking two cups of beet juice a day may reduce blood pressure, a study shows. The British researchers who conducted the study say the findings add even […]

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Cholesterol Levels May Vary by Season

April 13, 2013 Heart Disease

Cholesterol Levels May Vary By Season Brazilian study doesn’t necessarily mean that heart attack or stroke risk rises in winter By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol levels increase with winter’s arrival and drop again as warmer weather returns, a new study by Brazilian researchers suggests. “In the winter, people […]

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Heart-Centered Meditation

January 8, 2013 Meditation

Daily Meditation reduces heart attack risk at least 50%; this compassionate meditation is likely to reduce it even more.

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Videos: Walking Meditaton

December 16, 2012 Meditation

How to Meditate III: Walking Meditation Walking Meditation Walking Meditation by Martine Batchelder Walking Meditation by Manzanita Village

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Walking Meditation: Thich Nhat Hanh

December 16, 2012 Lifestyle
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Health Strategy: Walking Meditation

December 16, 2012 Interventions

(Keep in mind that meditation reduces the risk of a heart attack by at least 50%) from www.MeditationOasis.com Walking Meditation How to meditate while walking Walking meditation can be just as profound as sitting meditation, and has the advantage of bringing the meditative experience into our activity. There are a number of different walking meditations. […]

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Heart Blogs: Harvard Health Publications

December 14, 2012 Harvard Heart Health

www.health.harvard.edu/blog/categories/health/heart-health Heart Health Studies explore global burden of disease and heart disease in the United States Posted December 14, 2012, 2:39 pm P.J. Skerrett, Managing Editor, Harvard Health If you like numbers and statistics, especially those about health, two reports released this week should keep you occupied for days: the massive Global Burden of Disease […]

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Heart Blogs: the Heart Beat -James Beckerman, M.D

December 14, 2012 James Beckerman

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 The Force of the Quantified Self By James Beckerman, MD, FACC In my last post, I talked about the Dark Side of the Quantified Self — the possibility that becoming too focused on one’s own personal data may begin to diminish our individual real-life experiences and interactions. Mindfulness can be mind […]

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Web Resources: Preventative Medicine Research Institute

December 14, 2012 Bypass

Preventative Medicine Research Institute

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Web Resources: American Heart Association

December 14, 2012 American Heart Association

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/ Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question

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Web Resources: Stephen Sinatra/HeartMD

December 14, 2012 Heart Disease

www.heartmdinstitute.com/ With the understanding that knowledge empowers, our mission at Heart MD Institute is to educate patients and medical professionals alike about integrative medicine, with a special focus on metabolic cardiology and energy medicine. Additionally, Heart MD Institute aims to inspire a restructuring of the doctor/patient relationship where together, both actively participate in the patient’s […]

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Cordless Phone Use Affects the Heart

December 14, 2012 Arrhythmias

Can Cordless Phone Use Affect Your Heart? In late 2010, Magda Havas, Ph.D, an electrosmog and electrosensitivity expert, published results of a groundbreaking study in the European Journal of Oncology which demonstrated that some wireless EMFs can adversely affect heart function. Using a NervExpress HRV Monitoring System and a Lifeforce UA-767 digital blood pressure monitor, […]

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External Triggers of Cardiac Arrhythmias

December 14, 2012 Arrhythmias

(A good summary article) External Arrhythmia Triggers Arrhythmias don’t necessarily need some type of internal condition like heart disease to trigger them. In fact, arrhythmias can often result from “every-day” sources. In most cases it is not possible to identify any specific triggers. Examples of triggers include: Stimulants: Can cause premature and irregular heartbeats Smoking […]

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Negative Moods Exacerbate Cardiac Conditions

December 14, 2012 Arrhythmias

J Consult Clin Psychol. 2003 Jun;71(3):613-8. The association between emotional upset and cardiac arrhythmia during daily life. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2003 Jun;71(3):613-8. Carels RA, Cacciapaglia H, Pérez-Benítez CI, Douglass O, Christie S, O’Brien WH. Abstract Ventricular arrhythmia exhibits considerable within-subject variability that cannot be attributed to clinical status alone. This investigation examined the extent […]

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Arrythmias and Stress

December 14, 2012 Arrhythmias

Note the emphasis on: “social support, relaxation therapy, yoga, meditation, controlled slow breathing, and biofeedback” Acute Emotional Stress and Cardiac Arrhythmias Roy C. Ziegelstein, MD JAMA. 2007;298(3):324-329. doi:10.1001/jama.298.3.324. Episodes of acute emotional stress can have significant adverse effects on the heart. Acute emotional stress can produce left ventricular contractile dysfunction, myocardial ischemia, or disturbances of […]

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Heart Meditation: Videos

December 13, 2012 Breathing

How To Do A Heart Chakra Meditation 4th Chakra Clearing Meditation How to Open Your Heart Chakra Karunesh: Heart Chakra Meditation Heart Chakra Meditation: Tibetan Sound How to Open Your Heart Chakra The Singing Bowl Meditation

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Heart Meditation IV

December 13, 2012 Breathing

Heart Chakra Meditation | Guided Meditation Practice The following is a dictation of the practice of a heart chakra meditation taught by Swami Sivajnanananda. This practice is designed to help open the heart chakra, stimulated emotional release and sensitizing the practitioner to the traits of love, compassion, and joy. This practice can be used by […]

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Heart Meditation III

December 13, 2012 Breathing

from www.care2.com Meditate on the Heart The purpose of this exercise is to give you the experience of making your heart pure enough to witness spirit. Pure here doesn’t mean good and virtuous; it means free from impurity, with no value judgment intended. In the words of William Blake, we are cleansing the doors of […]

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Heart Meditation II

December 13, 2012 Breathing

from www.freemeditations.com Heart Centered Meditation Begin by finding a quiet spot where you will not be disturbed. Take the phone off the hook. Turn off your mobile phone, radio, and television, as well as any unnecessary electrical equipment in the area immediately surrounding where you will be meditating. Sit or lay down in a comfortable […]

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Yogabasics: Heart Chakra Meditation

December 13, 2012 Breathing

(Daily meditation reduces heart attack risk by about 50%..) from yogabasics.com This heart chakra meditation is a simple technique to release sadness and fear and to bring compassion and love into your life. Sit in a comfortable position, either cross-legged on the floor or in a chair. Sit up tall with the spine straight, the […]

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Alternative Views of Heart Issues: The Heart Chakra

December 13, 2012 Heart Chakra

Healing and the Heart Chakra When most people start studying the mind-body-spirit connection, they realize that the heart helps healing. Unconditional compassion, pure love: intuitively, we know that these vibrations can transform dis-ease into wholeness and bliss. We also sense that a “broken heart” can contribute to illness, and that extreme anger can cause a […]

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Vitamin D and Alleviating Heart Failure

December 11, 2012 Supplements

From Life Extension Magazine May 2007 Vitamin D Helps Alleviate Heart Failure Heart failure—the heart’s inability to pump enough blood to meet the body’s requirements—is a leading cause of death in industrialized nations. Scientists believe that elevated levels of circulating pro-inflammatory cytokines may contribute to heart failure, and that vitamin D may offer heart-protective benefits […]

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Vitamin D Deficiency and Heart Disease

December 11, 2012 Supplements

Science Daily Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Risk of Heart Disease, Danish Study Finds Sep. 24, 2012 — New research from the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital shows that low levels of vitamin D are associated with a markedly higher risk of heart attack and early death. The study involved more than 10,000 Danes […]

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Rapid Drop in Barometric Pressure and Increased Heart Attack Risk

December 10, 2012 Barometric Pressure

Relation of Atmospheric Pressure Changes and the Occurrences of Acute Myocardial Infarction and Stroke American Journal of Cardiology Volume 96, Issue 1 , Pages 45-51, 1 July 2005 Abstract Previous studies have demonstrated variation in vascular events with respect to season and time of day. Changes in barometric pressure display daily and seasonal variations and […]

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Scientific Studies of Seasonal Variation in Coronary Artery Disease

December 10, 2012 Risk Factors

Seasonal variations in coronary heart disease Oxford Journals Medicine QJM: An International Journal of Medicine Volume 92, Issue 12 Pp. 689-696. Abstract Coronary heart disease exhibits a winter peak and summer trough in incidence and mortality, in countries both north and south of the equator. In England and Wales, the winter peak accounts for an […]

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Factors Related to Heart Attack Risk in Winter

December 10, 2012 Heart Attack

[This was the best summary article on factors related to heart attacks in winter months] Heart Health in Winter Lifeline Screening The holiday season is a time that usually gladdens our hearts as we gather with friends and family. But it’s also a time when our own hearts are under additional stress. During winter, the […]

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Cold Weather Increases Heart Attack Risk

December 10, 2012 Winters

MSNBC LiveScience staff 8/10/2010 Enjoy the heat this summer. Cold weather brings more than a chill to your bones, a new study suggests. It could also raise your risk of having a heart attack. The results show that each 1.8 degree Fahrenheit reduction in temperature on a single day is associated with around 200 additional […]

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53% More Heart Attacks in Winter

December 10, 2012 Heart Attack

from Medical News Today Heart Attacks and Winter: Examining the Seasonal Trend 13 Dec 2004 According to results gathered by the Second National Registry of Myocardial Infarction (heart attacks), winter was the top season for heart attacks, followed by fall, then spring, then summer. The December issue of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch looks at […]

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Acupuncture Reduces High Blood Pressure

June 4, 2012 Hypertension

[Similar to taking a pill, acupuncture can reduce you blood pressure. Both of these are passive activities. I would suggest that the third alternative mentioned– 20 minutes of exercise three times a week — is a better option in the long run (or walk) for reducing blood pressure. I would also note that acupuncture has […]

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