The Most Important Thing for 2012 – Day 9

Randall Starling, MD, MPH, head, of the Section of Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Medicine: Sleep! Get seven to eight hours a night, minimum.  Sleep helps you to control your weight, think clearly, keep your blood pressure down, and improves your overall health. Don’t forget: Feel free to comment and add what you will be doing … Read More

An Epidemic Weight Problem in the U.S.

Data from National Health and Examination Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us that obesity has reached staggering proportions in the United States, affecting one in three adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents. And we know that the state of Mississippi tips the scale with the heaviest people in … Read More

The Most Important Thing for 2012 – Day 7

Thomas Marwick, MD, PhD, head, Cardiovascular Imaging Don’t delay dieting until after the holidays. A study shows that merely planning a diet can trigger overeating.  That means the longer you wait, the more likely you are to pile on more calories in anticipation.  If you postpone, you may end up much further behind your target. … Read More

Heart Health Twitter Quiz – Obesity

Which state has the highest percentage of citizens who are obese? A. Florida B. Mississippi C. Ohio D. Colorado E. Idaho Answer: B – Mississippi In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: For five years running, Mississippi has had the heaviest people in the nation, with 34 percent of adults obese and … Read More

The Most Important Thing for 2012 – Day 6

Bruce Lindsay, MD, head, Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing Lose weight – if you are overweight.  This means exercise and better eating habits.  Don’t reward yourself with a donut when you get off the treadmill. Don’t forget: Feel free to comment and add what you will be doing to become more heart-healthy in 2012!

The Most Important Thing for 2012 – Day 5

Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD, head, Preventive Cardiology Here are two pieces of advice for the New Year: 1. Think “caloric density” as an alternative to thinking in terms of portion size.  We’re told to imagine an ideal “portion” as being about the size of a pack of cards. But most of us snarf that much … Read More

Heart Health Twitter Quiz – Hot Tubs

True or False: Hot tubs and saunas pose a risk to heart patients. True False Answer: False In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: A ten-minute session in a hot tub or sauna is not dangerous. While a prolonged period may cause dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities, a ten-minute session will not hurt … Read More

The Most Important Thing for 2012 – Day 4

Benico Barzilai, MD, head, Clinical Cardiology Set realistic weight-loss goals. Instead of trying to lose 30 lbs all at once-set your initial goal at 10 lbs. You would be surprised how much it will make a difference. Don’t forget: Feel free to comment and add what you will be doing to become more heart-healthy in … Read More