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Staying Active Contributes to Heart Health and Brain Health, Even at 70

Stay active—no matter how old you get. The more active you are, the less likely it is that you will develop heart disease. That’s the conclusion of a recent study1 that investigated the link between physical activity and heart and brain health in older adults. Exercise can improve heart and brain health in adults by […]

Sleep Soundly So Your Heart Can Beat Smoothly

Poor sleep quality may increase your risk of heart disease. This is the conclusion of a meta-analysis that examined the effects of poor sleep quality on the heart. In particular, the study looked at the development of an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, a known risk factor for heart disease. It has been shown […]

Cooking at High Temperatures May Increase Risk of Heart Disease

Why do some ethnic groups have increased rates of heart disease? It may be related to food preparation. This is according to a recent study published in the journal Nutrition that investigated one reason for increased rates of heart disease in South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Sri Lankan) populations living in South Asia and […]

Drinking Till Your Heart’s Content

Long-term alcohol consumption can simultaneously protect and damage your heart. This is the conclusion of a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. This study examined the effects of long-term alcohol use on the heart. The researchers examined the heart health of patients admitted to hospitals based on whether or not […]

Choosing Fats Wisely Can Decrease Your Risk of Heart Disease

Always reaching for the skim milk? Think again. The connection between dairy fat and heart disease may be more complicated than you thought. This is according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The report combined data from 220,000 participants in three separate studies that investigated the relationship between dairy […]

Working Less Could Benefit Your Heart

Employees working long hours could be at increased risk for developing heart disease. This is the conclusion of a meta-analysis of 12 studies that assessed the correlation between working long hours (more than 10 hours a day or 50 hours a week) and the development of heart disease in 22,518 participants. The researchers concluded that […]

What is Regular Exercise Worth for Heart Disease Patients?

An average of $2,500 per year in healthcare costs. Not only is exercise beneficial to your health, it may also be good for your wallet. This is according to a recent study that examined the economic impact of regular exercise on people with and without heart disease. The study included 26,239 participants of whom 9% […]

How Antibacterial Soap Can Harm Your Heart and Muscles

Chemicals in antibacterial soaps may weaken the strength with which your heart beats and skeletal muscles contract. This is the conclusion of the Federal Drug and Administration, which recently banned the sale of products containing one or more of 19 antibacterial chemicals. Particular attention has been given to the chemicals triclosan, used in liquid products, […]

How Important Are Heart Valves?

The heart is important because it pumps blood around your body, delivering oxygen and nutrients to your cells and removing waste products. The heart has four chambers: two upper chambers called the right and left atria (singular: atrium) and two lower chambers called the right and left ventricles. There are valves between the atria and […]

How Your Dental Health May Affect Your Heart

What’s the connection between your teeth and heart disease? Inflammation. Let’s explain. Dental health is often thought of as separate from the rest of the body: you see a dentist for your mouth and a doctor for everything else. However, a consensus report concludes that what goes on in our mouths can have a profound […]