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Alcohol Consumption and the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

In a meta-analysis of all studies, we observed a linear dose-response relationship between alcohol consumption and AF risk, with an overall 8% (6% to 10%) increase in AF risk per 1 drink/day increment in alcohol consumption.   DrJohnm.org July 16, 2014 Life overflows with choices And consequences. You can choose to smoke and then not be surprised to die a difficult death from cancer. You can choose to eat more calories than you burn and then buy bigger belts. You… Keep Reading

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Red Wine and the Heart

  All of the research showing that people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol have lower rates of heart disease is observational. Such studies can’t prove cause and effect, only associations.   Harvard Health Blog Julie Corliss February 19, 2018 Is red wine good actually for your heart? Have you ever topped off your glass of cabernet or pinot noir while saying, “Hey, it’s good for my heart, right?” This widely held impression dates back to a catchphrase coined in… Keep Reading

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Yogurt Can Reduce Cardiovascular Risk

  Higher intakes of yogurt were associated with a 30 percent reduction in risk of myocardial infarction. Science Daily –February 15, 2018– Eating yogurt may reduce cardiovascular disease risk A new study in the American Journal of Hypertension, published by Oxford University Press, suggests that higher yogurt intake is associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive men and women. High blood pressure is a major cardiovascular disease risk factor. Clinical trials have previously demonstrated beneficial effects of dairy consumption… Keep Reading

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The Dangers of Stopping Daily Aspirin

In long-term users, discontinuation of low-dose aspirin in the absence of major surgery or bleeding was associated with a >30% increased risk of cardiovascular events.   -American Heart Association –September 27, 2017– The Risks of Stopping Low Dose Aspirin For heart attack survivors and people at high risk for one, a low-dose aspirin is part of the daily routine to prevent a heart attack or stroke. But for those who don’t stick to that routine, the rate of heart attacks, strokes… Keep Reading

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Atrial Fibrillation, Stroke and Colder Temperatures

Compared to summer, the risk of ischaemic stroke increased by 10% in spring and 19% in winter. European Society of Cardiology August 30, 2015 Cold weather linked to increased stroke risk in atrial fibrillation patients “Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and it increases the risk of ischaemic stroke by four- to five-fold,” said Dr Chao. “During AF, the electrical activity of the left atrium is disordered and the contraction is ineffective which results in stasis… Keep Reading

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Music and the Heart

The Chinese character for medicine includes the character for music. Harvard Heart Letter November, 2009 Using music to tune the heart Music therapy, or just listening to music, can be good for the heart. Music can make you laugh or cry, rile you up or calm you down. Some say it’s good for the soul. It just might be good for the heart, too. Make no mistake — daily doses of Mozart won’t clean out your arteries or fix a… Keep Reading

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