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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 Effect of Mozart and ABBA on the Heart

  Music by Mozart and Strauss lowered the subjects’ blood pressure and heart rate, while music by ABBA did not. Deutsches Ärzteblatt International May, 2016 The Cardiovascular Effect of Musical Genres Introduction It has been known for centuries that music has an effect on human beings . In antiquity, music was used to improve performance in athletes during the Olympic Games, and narrative anecdotes also contain indications of its effects. Studies have investigated the influence of music in the setting… Keep Reading

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What is Sick Sinus Syndrome?

The sinus node is a specialized group of cells in the upper chamber of the heart, the right atrium, that creates electrical signals that regulate the pace and rhythm of the heartbeat. Heart Rhythm Society Sick Sinus Syndrome Sick sinus syndrome is a relatively uncommon heart rhythm disorder. SSS is not a specific disease, but rather a group of signs or symptoms that indicate the sinus node, the heart’s natural pacemaker, is not functioning properly. A person with  Sick Sinus… Keep Reading

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Heart Meds: Risks versus Benefits

www.Medshadow.org –Debra Witt –June 15, 2016– The Top 8 Heart Meds: Risks Vs. Benefits If your doc prescribes a heart medication that makes you feel worse, call your doctor, but don’t stop taking it – yet. Here’s what you need to know. Prescription heart medications are so common — millions of Americans currently take at least 1 to treat everything from high blood pressure and high cholesterol to heart failure and stroke — that it’s easy for doctors and patients… Keep Reading

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Reduce AFib, Prevent Heart Failure

Women with atrial fibrillation had a nine-fold increase in risk for heart failure. CardioSmart –Aug 23, 2017– Patients with AFib Can Prevent Heart Failure with a Few Key Choices Preventing four modifiable risk factors helps patients with atrial fibrillation reduce risk for heart failure. Individuals with an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation can help prevent heart failure with a few simple steps, based on a recent study published in JACC: Heart Failure. Heart failure, which occurs when the heart… Keep Reading

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The Dangers of Yo-Yo Dieting

People with the largest weight changes were found to experience 136 percent more strokes, 117 percent more heart attacks, and 124 percent more deaths than those with the smallest shifts in weight. –Physician’s Weekly –April 4, 2014– Repeated cycles of weight loss and gain may be linked to higher risk for stroke, heart attack, and death in people with pre-existing coronary artery disease. Led by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center, a study was conducted to first measure the effect… Keep Reading

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