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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Heart Healthy Habits of Physicians

  Reader’s Digest Charlotte Hilton Andersen   45 Things Doctors Do to Protect Their Own Hearts Doctor Parker’s Commentary As I was researching “heart healthy habits,” I came across this article from Reader’s Digest.  To my surprise, I found it quite interesting — perhaps both because it was fairly simple and straightforward, and because it was along the lines of “Physician Heal Thyself.” Note that in the extroverted culture of America, the main focus for heart health issues is external. …

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Does Loud Noise Increase Heart Disease?

  Chronic exposure to anything over 60 decibels (the level of a typical conversation in an office) has the potential to do harm to the cardiovascular system   Time –February 6, 2018 –Amanda MacMillan– How Loud Noise Exposure Is Linked to Heart Disease If you live near an airport, railroad tracks or a busy road, you might be concerned about how fumes from those planes, trains and automobiles are affecting your health. But according to a new review in the…

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