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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…

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Fish Oil Supplements Provide Benefit After Heart Attack, Heart Failure

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Omega-3 fish oil supplements do not prevent a second heart attack, but taking about a gram a day could reduce deaths from coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death by about 10 percent. Source: American Heart Association News March 13, 2017 Omega-3 fish oil supplements may slightly lower the risk of dying after heart failure or a recent heart attack, but they don’t prevent heart disease, says an advisory issued Monday by the American Heart Association. About 18.8 million adults…

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Meditation and Reducing Heart Disease

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“After my heart attack, I felt like it defined me,” Breece said. “Meditating helped me to get my life back. It helps me observe the moments.” American Heart Association News September 189, 2018 Meditation may decrease the risk of heart disease, according to a first-ever statement on the practice issued by the American Heart Association.   But the key word to remember is “may.” “The research is suggestive, but not definitive,” said Glenn N. Levine, M.D., chairman of the group…

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Losing Weight Substantially Reduces Atrial Fibrillation

 After an average of four years, 45 percent of patients who lost 10 percent or more of their body weight and 22 percent of patients who lost 3 to 9 percent of their weight achieved freedom from atrial fibrillation symptoms without the use of any atrial fibrillation surgery or medication.     from American Heart Association News March 15, 1015 Obese patients with atrial fibrillation who lost at least 10 percent of their body weight were six times more likely…

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Skipping Breakfast Associated with Hardening of the Arteries

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Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis, or the hardening and narrowing of arteries due to a build-up of plaque, according to research published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. From the American College of Cardiology Oct 02, 2017 Eating a healthy breakfast has been shown to promote greater heart health, including healthier weight and cholesterol. While previous studies have linked skipping breakfast to coronary heart disease risk, this is the first study…

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Long Working Hours as a Risk Factor for Atrial Fibrillation

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Abstract Aims Studies suggest that people who work long hours are at increased risk of stroke, but the association of long working hours with atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia and a risk factor for stroke, is unknown. We examined the risk of atrial fibrillation in individuals working long hours (≥55 per week) and those working standard 35–40 h/week. Conclusion Individuals who worked long hours were more likely to develop atrial fibrillation than those working standard hours. Methods and results…

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