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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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Processed Meats and Heart Issues

Men who ate the most processed red meat had a 28 percent higher risk of heart failure compared to men who ate the least. Processed red meat linked to higher risk of heart failure, death in men American Heart Association –June 12, 2014 — Men who eat moderate amounts of processed red meat may have an increased risk of incidence and death from heart failure, according to a study in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal. Processed meats… Keep Reading

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TMAO: A New Indicator for Heart Problems

We found that the Cleveland patients with higher TMAO levels were more likely to experience a major adverse cardiovascular event at 30 days, six months and seven years after their admittance to hospital. Medical Xpress January 10, 2017 The bacteria that inhabit our gut digest food and produce metabolites that can have a marked effect on the heart and blood vessels. Researchers have found that measuring the levels of a molecule called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) that is produced by the… Keep Reading

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Effects of Yoga in Patients with Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation

Yoga with light movements and deep breathing may lead to improved quality of life, lower blood pressure and lower heart rate in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.   From European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing –March 14, 2016 –Maria Wahlstgron, Monica Karlsson, Jorgen Medin — Background Patients with atrial fibrillation often have an impaired quality of life (QoL). Practising yoga may decrease stress and have positive effects on mental and physical health. The aim of this study was to investigate whether… Keep Reading

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Ten Foods Most Associated with Cardiovascular Diseases

High intake of red meat and processed meats such as bacon was linked to 8 percent of the deaths; sugary drinks were a factor in 7.4 percent of the deaths. Source:  NPR March 11, 2017 Eating More — Or Less — Of 10 Foods May Cut Risk Of Early Death About half of all U.S. deaths from heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes are linked to poor diets, according to a new study published in the Journal of the… Keep Reading

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