Doctors and lots of people on treadmills in health clubs believe better “cardio” leads to a longer life. People run, swim, row, climb and engage in all sorts of cardiorespiratory fitness activities in order to keep the Grim Reaper away a little longer. The big question is “does it work?”
Many ways have been devised to test the strength and health of the human heart. Treadmill stress tests are possibly the most common medical test used. But there may be a better way to test your heart’s strength and health, and you don’t even need a prescription.
Ask just about any woman if she’d like a higher risk of heart disease and you can predict the answer. Of course not, who would? Quite a few women, if their behavior is any indication. Here is a very short guide to getting a sicker heart for women.
We’ve all felt the effects of an adrenaline rush. Faced with danger, real or perceived, the heart beats faster, breathing quickens and muscles tighten as the body prepares to fight a threat or flee from it. The role of adrenaline in triggering the fight-or-flight response is one of the most well-studied phenomena in biology. However,… Continue reading Your Heart On Adrenaline
Ultra-processed foods, which account for more than half of an average American’s daily calories, are linked to lower measures of cardiovascular health, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019 — November 16-18 in Philadelphia. Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that… Continue reading Ultra-Processed Foods Lead to Lower Heart Health
Do you suffer from insomnia? According to a new study from the American Academy of Neurology, your insomnia is not just a nuisance. It also puts you at greater risk of heart attack and stroke. In a study published in the online version of the journal Neurology, researchers at the University in Beijing, China involved… Continue reading Insomnia Linked to Increased Heart Attack, Stroke Risk
A brand new meta-analysis of 13 randomized trials with over 120,000 participants has confirmed what many doctors and health professionals have been saying for quite a while now. Omega-3 fish oil supplements help lower cardiovascular disease risk. The researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital performed the study,… Continue reading Omega-3 Supplements Protect Against Heart Disease
Want to improve your heart health? Get a dog! Most dog owners will tell you that having a dog makes them feel better. They’ve got “someone” in their lives that provides unconditional love, is always happy to see them and just makes them feel better. It turns out that there may be something to their… Continue reading For a Healthier Heart, Get a Dog
A first-of-its-kind comparison between elite pro athletes suggests higher overall mortality among NFL players compared with MLB players. NFL players also appear to have higher risk of dying from cardiovascular and neurodegenerative causes compared with MLB peers. The differences warrant further study of sport-specific mechanisms of disease development. Clinicians treating current and former NFL players… Continue reading NFL Players Show Higher Disease, Mortality Risk
It’s never been a big secret that I’m a huge fan of coffee. Rich, dark, robust roasts that lift your senses and give you that morning kick! And I’m surely not alone! Latte, cappuccino or short black, a morning coffee is an essential for many people looking to kick start their day. But while the… Continue reading Coffee: How Much is Too Much?