Two recent studies suggest that having mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with a four-times greater risk of developing high blood pressure when compared to not having this common sleep-disordered breathing condition. There was about a three-fold increased risk for type 2 diabetes among people with OSA when compared to healthy individuals, according to the study presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.
Of the many types of medications available to fight high blood pressure, calcium channel blockers (CCBs) have emerged in recent years as an increasingly popular first-line drug to treat hypertension. These versatile medications are generally well-tolerated by most patients, and they provide more benefits than controlling your blood pressure, explains Michael Militello, PharmD, a cardiology pharmacotherapy specialist at Cleveland Clinic.
High-protein diets have been a popular weight-loss trend for a while now. Plenty of people have boosted their protein intake, lowered their carbohydrate consumption, and watched the pounds disappear. But is a high-protein diet right for those who are older and who have heart disease or related risk factors?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a risk factor for heart disease, but recent research finds that a common RA drug may help protect against heart attacks. People with RA tend to have higher levels of inflammation, which can contribute to atherosclerosis, the deposit of fatty plaques in the arteries. Over time, chronic inflammation can also harm organs and lead to other health problems. A type of anti-inflammatory drug called TNF inhibitors (TNFis) are prescribed to individuals with RA and other inflammatory conditions.
Silent or mild heart attacks may go unnoticed in people with a high tolerance for pain, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association has long recommended the consumption of one gram daily of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) to help lower the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). While moderate alcohol consumption may afford some heart-health benefits, excessive drinking appears to increase the risks of developing atrial fibrillation (AF), heart failure, and heart attack to the same degree as type 2 diabetes.
If you routinely pack on a few pounds every winter and slip into some bad eating and exercise habits, youre certainly not alone. But letting things get too out of hand can put your heart at risk. High-sodium foods can raise your blood pressure. Weight gain can also increase your blood pressure and increase your risk of developing diabetes. And developing bad eating and exercise habits now can carry over into the new year if youre not careful.
Unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, a sedentary lifestyle, and a poor diet, account for more days of stroke disability than traditional risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Including more whole grains in your diet may help reduce your odds of dying from cardiovascular disease, some cancers and many other causes. Individuals who had substantial blood pressure fluctuations over a five-year period experienced faster declines in cognitive function and brain health, compared with those who maintained a more consistent blood pressure during that same time. Listening to relaxing music every day may help you cope better emotionally and physically after a heart attack.
If youre at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, you may want to consider adding some walnuts to your next salad. Or just grab a handful for an afternoon snack. A small study recently published suggests that eating one ounce of walnuts a day may help improve your cholesterol levels, arterial health, and the overall quality of your diet.
Higher levels of vitamin C in the blood, obtained through a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, may help lower your heart disease risk. A Danish study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, also found that higher vitamin C concentrations are also associated with longer life. Vitamin Cs importance is well-established. But this research underscores the importance of vitamin C in cardiovascular health.
The basics of a heart-healthy diet are pretty well established: Follow the DASH or Mediterranean-style eating plans that focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins:Simple, right? Well, not exactly. The more you pay attention to how the foods you eat and the liquids you drink affect your heart health, the more questions emerge.What follows are four common questions that relate to heart health and some of the various factors that can impact it negatively or posivitely. Issues like weight management, sodium, sugar and diabetes, nutritional balance and alcohol will be covered.
Youve no doubt heard about the benefits of cardiac rehab for individuals who have had heart surgery or undergone angioplasty. But the lessons rehab patients learn about exercise and lifestyle changes can help those who are hoping to avoid heart disease and any needed interventions.
Its a concept that is becoming common among the world of healthy eating, and proof of the Mediterranean diets benefits is mounting with a recent study showing about 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths can be prevented in people at high risk if they incorporate the diets philosophy.
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