About half the deaths from heart and vascular disease in the U.S. could be prevented, says a recent study. All it takes is eliminating five preventable risk factors. Learn how to protect yourself.
Beta-blockers are some of the most effective medications for treating heart failure. While side effects and determining dosage can make their use difficult, abruptly stopping them is dangerous.
For decades, you’ve heard the advice: Cut down on salt because it’s bad for your heart — not to mention your kidneys and other organs. But if you follow health news, you know recent research has questioned this conventional wisdom. Several studies show evidence that if you are otherwise healthy, taking drastic measures to reduce … Read More
One way to fight excess weight may surprise you. Besides clocking in time with a tread mill, it turns out we also need to do the opposite: learn to relax. Experts say managing stress effectively doesn’t only help with weight loss, but it makes us healthier overall. According to Mladen Golubic, MD, PhD, Medical Director … Read More
Imagine what it would be like if you stopped breathing multiple times during the day. You wouldn’t think twice about calling a doctor. But people with sleep apnea stop breathing many times every night, and they may not even know it. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that occurs when breathing is interrupted … Read More
Many patients who are at low risk for heart problems don’t need screenings such as electrocardiography (EKG) and stress tests, a national association of primary care physicians recently recommended. The American College of Physicians (ACP) released guidelines recently that say that there is no evidence that these types of screenings benefit people with low risk. You might be considered low-risk for … Read More
At almost every turn, science and medicine reveal a new “superfood” that will dramatically improve our health. Chia seeds can reduce your cholesterol. Green leafy vegetables burn belly fat. Blueberries boost your antioxidants. Now, the latest in wonder snacking – celery seeds to lower your high blood pressure (HBP). But does it really work? “It’s … Read More
People who walk regularly swear by the health and psychological benefits of their daily jaunt. Here are five reasons why they’re right. 1. Walking reduces stress, cheers you up and increases self-esteem If you’ve ever gone out for a walk in a huff and come back more calm and collected, you know firsthand that walking … Read More
If you’re thinking about cutting back on the amount of salt you eat, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons – and talk with your doctor. While a new study finds no link between salt consumption and risk of death or developing heart disease in healthy older adults, people with certain medical conditions … Read More
If you are 35 or older and concerned about risks associated with pregnancy, experts say there are various factors to consider besides your age. Although many studies report increased risks in pregnancies in women over the age 35, Dr. Perni says, there’s nothing magic about the number 35, says obstetrician/gynecologist Uma Perni, MD. “Some risks do … Read More