Tag Archives: Heart disease

How Quickly You Climb Stairs Can Indicate How Long You’ll Live

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You should be able go up four flights in under a minute. Here’s what you should do if you fail the test. Wondering if you’re at risk of heart disease or cancer? Your answer could be on a set of stairs. A new study presented at the European Society of Cardiology says… Read more »

Cardiovascular disease and pregnancy: How having kids affects your heart

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Pregnancy is daunting for several reasons. There are several aspects one needs to keep in mind when it comes to giving birth. Everything you do, what you eat, the way you think, the way you maintain your lifestyle affects the baby in different ways. This is why extreme precautions need to… Read more »

Managing cholesterol might help reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease

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Managing cholesterol might help reduce Alzheimer’s risk, says researchers, including one of Indian-origin, who identified a genetic link between the progressive brain disorder and heart disease. Examining DNA from more than 1.5 million people, the study showed that risk factors for heart disease such as elevated triglyceride and cholesterol levels… Read more »

Why fertility rates are falling as population soars

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Soaring birth rates in developing nations are fuelling a global baby boom while women in dozens of richer countries aren’t producing enough children to maintain population levels there, according to figures released on Friday. A global overview of birth, death and disease rates evaluating thousands of datasets on a country-by-country… Read more »

How eating veggies, fish can keep your heart healthy, lower heart disease risk

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If you are suffering from high blood pressure, consuming fish, seafood and a primarily vegetarian diet may help reduce hypertension-related heart disease symptoms, a study suggests. Intake of fish, seafood and vegetarian food increases levels of a compound called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), known to boost heart health, said researchers from the Medical University… Read more »

World Stroke Day: 7 risk factors that you should beware of

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Stroke is a medical emergency which needs immediate attention. It is said that to minimise the damages due to stroke the affected person should be taken to the hospital emergency care within the first one hour after the attack. It is this time when a clot-busting drug is ingested that… Read more »

Stick to a regular sleep schedule for long-term heart health

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Not only does a regular bedtime improve sleep quality, it is just as important for heart and metabolic health among older adults, finds a study. In a study of 1,978 older adults, researchers at Duke Health and the Duke Clinical Research Institute found people with irregular sleep patterns weighed more, had higher… Read more »

Depression and anxiety in middle age can increase risk of heart disease and stroke

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Older adults who experience psychological distress such as depression and anxiety may have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), a new study suggests. The findings, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, showed that high/ very high psychological distress was associated with a 44% increased risk of stroke among women. The research… Read more »

Is coconut oil poison? Not quite, but more damaging than butter

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Coconut oil is “pure poison”, warned Harvard professor Karin Michels in her talk on nutritional errors at the University of Freiburg in Germany, and sparked off a heated debate on whether coconut oil should be eaten at all. Coconut oil is packed with artery-clogging saturated fat, which raises the risk… Read more »

This is how indoor temperature can affect your blood pressure

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According to a recent study, one can manage hypertension by turning up the thermostat. Comparing blood pressure readings of people in their own homes with temperature readings, the researchers at University College London found that lower indoor temperatures were linked to higher blood pressure. “Our research has helped to explain… Read more »