Gout: A New Heart Disease Risk Factor?

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For the 8 million Americans who suffer from gout, sudden and severe attacks of pain in the joints aren’t the only things to worry about. A new study in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases shows that the majority of people presenting with this common form of arthritis are at a very high risk for cardiovascular disease and prevention tactics should more »

Dental Hygiene and Your Heart

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Healthy Teeth and Gums—More Important Than Ever for Your Heart Gum disease, when bacteria-laden plaque accumulates around the teeth, has long been linked to poorer health—particularly heart health. Inflammation is believed to be behind the connection. Now it looks as though another common dental infection may be just as harmful. Called apical periodontitis, the condition results in inflammatory lesions that more »

The Flu Shot and Your Heart

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Fall is the time for colorful foliage, cooler temperatures—and the beginning of cold and flu season. No mere nuisance, flu costs the U.S. more than $10 billion and takes about 3,600 lives each year. Vaccination is a powerful weapon against the seasonal illness, which poses particular health risks to the very young and the elderly. But flu shots also have more »

Summer’s Inflammation-Fighting Foods

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Fruits and vegetables, the stars of a healthy plant-based diet, have long been recognized as powerful weapons against inflammation, which underlies cardiovascular disease as well as cancer and many other chronic inflammatory conditions. Scientists credit bioactive compounds present in these plant foods, such as carotenoids and flavonoids, for the inflammation-quelling properties. With the summer’s bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, more »

Migraine and CVD: When Headaches Spell Heart Woes

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Migraine headaches affect as many as 18 percent of American women and 6 percent of American men, triggering a cluster of neurological symptoms, including severe pain, visual disturbances, nausea and vomiting, tingling and numbness, and sensitivity to light, sound, and smell. If that weren’t enough, it’s beginning to appear that this common condition may also be a harbinger of future more »

Silent Heart Attacks

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Silent and Deadly: The Growing Danger of Symptomless Heart Attacks A heart attack can be a vital wake-up call for people with cardiovascular disease—a chance to embrace radical changes to improve heart health, and if medical help is sought quickly, even avoid heart damage. But what if the heart attack goes undetected because there are no symptoms? According to alarming more »

Loneliness as a Risk Factor for Heart Disease and Stroke

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The Stroke Threat You’ve Never Heard Of Regardless of their personal habits, most Americans know that diet, exercise, sleep, and other lifestyle measures can affect their risk of developing heart disease and experiencing a life-changing stroke. But another, less obvious factor appears to play a role in these common heart problems: Sheer loneliness. The link was confirmed in a recent more »

A Surprising Heart Disease Risk Factor for Women – Especially Younger Women

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Women with endometriosis—the growth of uterine tissue outside the uterus—tend to focus their concerns on health problems such as debilitating pelvic pain and infertility. But new research suggests that women with the condition may also face another more deadly health threat: heart disease. Endometriosis, which strikes women of reproductive age, particularly in the later childbearing years, is characterized by the more »

What 90% of Women Don’t Know About Their Stroke Risks

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Only about one in ten women can correctly identify female-specific risks for stroke, according to a national survey released by Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center. That’s concerning, given that stroke is the third leading cause of death in American women and the top cause of long-term disability, reports the National Stroke Foundation. “What women don’t know about stroke more »

4 Tasty Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and Spices That Boost Heart Health

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Used as a natural “medicine” for thousands of years, certain herbs and spices really do have amazing health benefits, including fighting chronic inflammation, which has been linked to a wide range of conditions, from heart disease to diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer, according to new studies. Here’s a look at four delicious seasonings that rank as anti-inflammatory standouts. Curcumin: The more »

Dangerous Cluster of Heart Disease & Diabetes Risks Affects 35% of Americans

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More than one in three US adults have metabolic syndrome, a combination of at least three of five pre-disease-state factors, that doubles risk for heart disease and quintuples the risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  The study reported that from 2003-2004 to 2011-2012, overall rates of metabolic syndrome more »

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help Fight Depression and Inflammation

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Omega-3 fatty acids may help treat depression, new research suggests. Found in oily fish, walnuts, flaxseed and other foods, as well as supplements, omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation, which has been implicated in a wide range of disorders from cardiovascular disease to type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, as we recently reported. Now researchers are examining the link between inflammation more »

5 Ways to Tell If You Have Chronic Inflammation

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and cancer have shared risk factors, including systemic inflammation, University of Colorado Cancer Center investigator Tim Byers, MD, MPH reported at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2015. For example, says Dr. Byers, “Obesity leads to a chronic inflammatory state and circulating growth factors that have adverse effects on the heart, and can also more »

4 Delicious Superfoods That Are Good For The Heart

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It sounds too good to be true, but a variety of tasty treats – including nuts, berries, and even dark chocolate – help protect against cardiovascular disease, according to new research. Here is a look at some of the latest discoveries about which foods are the most beneficial. Peanuts may help prevent heart disease. Eating peanuts may protect against fatal cardiovascular more »

5 Supplements that Boost Heart Health

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Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Omega-3 fish-oil supplements may have heart-protective benefits and reduce the “overall atherothombotic risk profile” of patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD), new research presented at the American College of Cardiology 2015 Scientific Sessions suggests. The study, which included 600 subjects with suspected CAD, found that those who took fish-oil supplements had significantly lower levels of more »

What’s the best Way to Predict Heart Attack and Stroke Risk?

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The cardiovascular “risk calculators” medical providers commonly use to assess patients’ likelihood of suffering a heart attack or stroke may greatly overestimate the danger in some patients and underestimate it in others, according to a new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Both scenarios pose potential perils for patients, since clinicians often use data from risk calculators to help more »

4 Delightful Cardiovascular Benefits of Positive Emotions

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Embracing positive emotions–from optimism and gratitude to love, laughter and other joyful experiences–has been shown to dramatically reduce heart attack and stroke risk, and could even add years to your life, new research suggests. In fact, the most optimistic people are twice as likely to have ideal cardiovascular health, compared to those who are pessimistic, according to a study of more »

6 Surprising Heart Health Benefits of Vitamin D 

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Getting enough vitamin D could add years to your life, since people with the lowest levels of the sunshine vitamin may have a 57 percent higher risk of early death from both cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all causes combined, compared to those with the highest levels, according to a meta-analysis published in British Medical Journal. Despite these potential dangers, up more »

3 Surprising Myths About Cholesterol

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Cholesterol is the most demonized, misunderstood and controversial substance in both our bodies and our diets. New and recent cholesterol guidelines, in particular, have sparked headlines and hot medical debate about its role in heart disease. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) ignited fresh controversy this month by suggesting that cholesterol-rich foods–such as eggs, shellfish and liver–may not be a more »

5 Benefits Of Fish Oil For Heart And Brain Health

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Americans spend more than $1 billion a year on fish oil supplements to support heart health, fight inflammation, prevent diseases, and boost mental functioning. But how significant are cardiovascular benefits? Both supplements and fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, herring, lake trout and sardines) are rich in two essential omega-3 fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Some more »