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A Single Bout of Exercise is Cardioprotective

  Repeatedly exposing the heart to short, non-life-threatening episodes of ischemia — an inadequate supply of blood to the heart — makes the heart more resistant to a more serious, future ischemia episode.   Medical News Today –December 10, 2017 –Ana Sandiou How a single bout of exercise instantly protects the heart An acute episode of exercise can ‘train’ the heart and protect it against future damage. The results of the new research — led by Dick Thijssen, who is… Keep Reading

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Green Tea May Lower Heart Disease Risk

A study of 40,530 Japanese adults found that participants who drank more than five cups of green tea a day had a 26% lower risk of death from heart attack or stroke [Note that correlation is not cause and effect; tea drinkers may have other characteristics that are cardioprotective] Harvard Heart Letter December, 2012 Lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease may be as easy as drinking green tea. Studies suggest this light, aromatic tea may lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides,… Keep Reading

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Frequent Spicy Food Consumption Linked with Longer Lfe

People who eat spicy foods nearly every day have a 14% chance of living longer than those who consume spicy foods less than once a week, according to a new study Harvard School of Public Health –August 4, 2015 – Regular spicy food eaters also are less likely to die from cancer and heart and respiratory diseases than those who eat spicy foods infrequently. “The findings are highly novel,” said Lu Qi, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition at… Keep Reading

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Mindfulness and the Reduction of Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Significant reduction was observed in symptoms of anxiety and depression, perceived stress, blood pressure, and body mass index in patients of the mindfulness based stress reduction group after the completion of intervention assessment. Mindfulness-based stress reduction program in coronary heart disease: A randomized control trial International Journal of Yoga 2013 6(2): 111–117 Background Psychological risk factors such as anxiety and depression have been associated with coronary heart disease (CHD). Stress can have an impact on the risk factors for the… Keep Reading

How Sleep Apnea Affects the Heart

  Researchers estimate that untreated sleep apnea may raise the risk of dying from heart disease by up to five times.   Harvard Heart Letter Published: February, 2013   Poor-quality sleep and heart disease are connected  We’ve all heard stories about super snorers, whose snorts and snores rattle windows and awaken the neighbors. Many of these people suffer from sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway becomes blocked, or the muscles that control breathing stop moving. Either way, breathing stops…… Keep Reading

The Benefits of Meditation

People who practice meditation are significantly less likely to have a heart attack or stroke or die within five years. Harvard Health Letter Published: August, 2013   Meditation offers significant heart benefits It helps reduce stress and anxiety, which can lower heart rate and blood pressure while reducing harmful hormones. There’s more to heart attack and stroke prevention than medications, exercise, and diet. The latest research confirms that people who practice meditation are significantly less likely to have a heart… Keep Reading

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