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Heart and Stroke

Anger can strangle blood flow in the heart and lead to abnormal heart rhythms, and has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease - Reuters (article link)

People with heart disease might want to take a careful look at how they handle their feelings of anger. A new study found that heart disease patients who suppressed their anger had nearly triple the risk of having a heart attack or dying over the next 5 - 10 years.

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Sugar not only contributes to obesity, but also is a key culprit in diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke according to the AHA - Reuters (article link)

"Just like eating a high-fat diet can increase your levels of triglycerides and high cholesterol, eating sugar can also affect those same lipids,"

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Diet can reduce strokes and sharply reduce Alzheimer's risk according to a study, about a 40% reduction - Reuters (article link)

- Saturated fatty acids in red meat and butter, need to be avoided and omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin B12 and folate, benefit and directly protect the brain.
- "People who adhered mostly to this dietary pattern compared to others have about a 40% reduction in the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease," Gu said.

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Stress and the Stock Market; Stock stress, attacks linked - CNN (video)

Duke University researchers found a link between a key stock index and heart attacks. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
- study indicates that as the stoke market was collapsing more people had chest pains or need procedures.
- adrenaline releases can cause electrical changes in the heart, inflammation buildup, and broken heart syndrome where you heart gets stunned for a period of time.
- stress management; pray/meditate, make time for happy hour, have sex, and laugh.

Read more: Stress and the Stock Market; Stock stress, attacks linked - CNN (video)

Calcium may help you live longer - Reuters (article link)

Swedish researchers found that men who consumed the most calcium in food were 25% less likely to die over the next decade than their peers who took in the least calcium from food.
- The top calcium consumers had a 25% lower risk of dying from any cause and a 23% lower risk of dying from heart disease.
- Calcium could influence mortality risk in many ways, they note, for example by reducing blood pressure, cholesterol, or blood sugar levels.

Read more: Calcium may help you live longer - Reuters (article link)

Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the dangers of letting hypertension go untreated - CNN (video)

- High blood pressure second leading cause of death in the United States.
- Responsible for 1 out of 6 adult deaths.
- Diet really seems to make a difference for reducing high blood pressure, more specifically sodium or salt.
- Salt depletes your potassium and potassium is necessary to regulate blood pressure.

Read more: Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the dangers of letting hypertension go untreated - CNN (video)

Causes of Inflammation and Heart Disease - (news flash)

Toxins, allergies, autoimmune diseases, infections, acid-base disorders, injury, and free radical damage can trigger or cause inflammation. Heart and cardio-vascular disease may be a result of inflammation in the linings of the arteries.
- Omega-3 essential fatty acids are very powerful anti-inflammatory
- Turmeric (curcumin), Bromelain, Boswellia, Aloe vera, Bilbery, Cat’s claw, Garlic, Vitamin C can help reduce inflammation.
- Pineapple contains bromelain and papaya contains papain, both enzymes that reduce swelling and inflammation.
- Citrus fruits can reduce acid-base disorders.

Heart attack warning signs and saving your heart from damage - CNN (video)

Paying attention to the warning signs of a heart attack may mean saving your heart from damage.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports that lifestyle factors play the largest role in preventing strokes - CNN (video)

80% of second strokes are preventable, cost the U.S. 74 billion a year, risk factors include obesity, smoker, blood pressure > 140/90, cholesterol > 240, diabetic, family history, lack of exercise.
-F face: smile, look for droop
-A arms: raise arms, look for drift
-S speech: speak simple sentence, look for slur
-T time: any symptoms above, call 911

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Apples are effective at reducing heart disease, lower risk of lung cancer, type 2 diabetes - Prevention (article link)

- Massive studies have found the fruit to lower risk of lung cancer and type 2 diabetes—and even help women lose weight.
- The Iowa Women’s Health Study, which has been investigating the health habits of 34,000 women for nearly 20 years, named apples as one of only three foods (along with pears and red wine) that are most effective at reducing the risk of death from heart disease among postmenopausal women.

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Flaxseed can reduce the risk of heart disease by 46% - Prevention (article link)

- flaxseed is a potent source of omega-3's
- it helps keep red blood cells from clumping together and forming blood clots that can block artieries.
- it may reduce breast cancer risk
- In one study, women who ate 10 g of flaxseed (about 1 rounded tablespoon) every day for 2 months had a 25% improvement in the ratio of breast cancer–protective to breast cancer–promoting chemicals in their blood.

Read more: Flaxseed can reduce the risk of heart disease by 46% - Prevention (article link)

Oatmeal according to new research can cut your risk of type 2 diabetes - Prevention (article link)

- Fiber-rich oats are even healthier than the FDA thought when it first stamped them with a heart disease–reducing seal 10 years ago.
- When Finnish researchers tracked 4,316 men and women over the course of 10 years, they found that people who ate the highest percentage of cereal fiber were 61% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Read more: Oatmeal according to new research can cut your risk of type 2 diabetes - Prevention (article link)

Brain aneurysm symptoms - CNN (video)

Knowing the signs of a brain aneurysm rupture could save your life.
- a silent killer that can be detected through scans
- systems include worse headache of your life, confusion, dizziness, nausea, stiff neck, visual changes

Read more: Brain aneurysm symptoms - CNN (video)

New research links social stress to harmful fat deposits, heart disease - EurekAlert (article link)

The researchers found that the stress of social subordination results in the release of stress hormones that promote the deposition of fat in the viscera, in turn, promotes coronary artery atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in the blood vessels that leads to heart disease, the leading cause of death in the world today.
- Researchers found that the monkeys with high social stress and larger amounts of visceral fat also had ovaries that produced fewer protective hormones.
- Women who are hormone-deficient will develop more atherosclerosis and be at greater risk of developing coronary heart disease and other diseases such as osteoporosis and cognitive impairment
- obesity is directly related to lower socioeconomic status, as is heart disease. fewer resources to buffer from the stresses more likely to experience such health problems

Read more: New research links social stress to harmful fat deposits, heart disease - EurekAlert (article link)

Severe stress can cause stroke - EurekAlert (article link)

- Many patients urgently admitted to hospital with cerebral infarction state that they were under great stress over a prolonged period prior to suffering their stroke, is shown in a unique patient study
- "We found an independent link between self-perceived psychological stress and stroke. A new finding was that the link between stress and stroke varies between different types of cerebral infarction," says Jood.
- On the other hand, the researchers could not see any independent correlation with stress for those patients who had had a stroke due to a blood clot from the heart.

 

Read more: Severe stress can cause stroke - EurekAlert (article link)

Serious stress causes strokes - EurekAlert (article link)

- The patients were split into stressed (permanent stress for 1 year or greater) and non-stressed (never stressed or infrequent periods of stress) groups. When this was compared with stroke incidence and the type, there was a strong correlation between prolonged stress and large vessel disease, small vessel disease and cryptogenic stroke.

Read more: Serious stress causes strokes - EurekAlert (article link)

Watching TV leads to heart disease, docs says - MSNBC (video)

According to the American Heart Association, four hours television per day can increase your chances of dying of cardiovascular disease by 80 percent. WWLP's Jackie Bruno reports.

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The 10 Best Foods for Your Heart

Heart disease is often silent, hits without warning, and kills an American every 26 seconds. But you can reduce your risk of a heart attack by 80 percent. Here’s how to eat your way to lower cholesterol

You know what you should be eating by now, yet you still pay lip service to the need for a diet rich in whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and fish. Your lack of commitment could be fatal. A heart-healthy diet can reduce your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by 30 percent—a similar drop to what you can get from statin drugs.

Read more: The 10 Best Foods for Your Heart