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Heart Attacks Can Cause PTSD

Harvard Health Blog June 25, 2012 Holly Strawbridge Heart attack can trigger PTSD A heart attack is a life-changing event. For some people, surviving a heart attack brings renewed appreciation for life. For others, the event is so traumatic that worrying about having a second heart attack consumes their lives. By the latest account, 1 in 8 heart-attack survivors experiences a reaction that might be called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although PTSD is usually associated with extreme trauma such as… Keep Reading

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Spices and Heart Health

Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, a phytochemical that may fight viruses, lower blood sugar and ward off diabetes, lower cholesterol, and protect against neurodegenerative diseases Harvard Health Letter February 2016 Can everyday spices make you healthier? The health benefits of foods such as berries, broccoli, and salmon are well known. But your kitchen’s spice rack may also hold some secret weapons against conditions such as inflammation, heart disease, cancer, and more. “Spices are underused, but it would be very easy to take… Keep Reading

Triglyceride Levels and Cardiovascular Risk

Triglyceride levels above 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) are associated with a higher cardiovascular risk. Harvard Men’s Heath Watch –June, 2015 Know your triglycerides: The level of triglycerides in the blood, like measurements of “bad” cholesterol, helps to gauge your risk for heart disease. High levels of these fatty particles in the blood means you may need to step up healthy lifestyle changes. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, invades the artery walls and causes atherosclerosis, the buildup of fatty… Keep Reading

Is It Safe to Take Low Does Aspirin?

Harvard Men’s Health Watch October, 2012 Is low-dose aspirin safe for you? If you take daily aspirin, make sure you know why and understand the small but real bleeding risk. Are you taking an aspirin a day to keep the cardiologist away? If so, you are among millions of Americans taking a daily dose of the cheap, widely available anti-inflammatory drug for “primary prevention” of cardiovascular disease. Primary prevention means you don’t have cardiovascular disease, and hope that aspirin will… Keep Reading

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Anger, Heart Attack and Strokes

Although the risk of experiencing an acute cardiovascular event with any single outburst of anger is relatively low, the risk can accumulate for people with frequent episodes of anger. Harvard School of Public Health March, 2014 Angry outbursts appear to boost heart attack, stroke risk People who have angry outbursts appear to be at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, especially within the first two hours of an outburst, according to a study by Harvard School of Public Health… Keep Reading

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Antidote for Pradaxa’s Blood Thinning Side Effects

Idarucizumab, given by injection, appears to stop the effect of dabigatran and allow the blood to clot. Harvard Health Letter –February, 2016 There’s encouraging news for people who take dabigatran (Pradaxa), a newer type of blood thinner that’s had a rare side effect of uncontrolled bleeding during surgery or accidents. In October 2015, the FDA approved an antidote called idarucizumab (Praxbind), which may be able to reverse dabigatran’s blood-thinning effects. Dabigatran was approved by the FDA in 2010 and welcomed… Keep Reading

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