"Awareness of women’s heart health has increased, but more research, outreach requiredCardiology Today, February 2017
Although it is the No. 1 killer of women, CVD has long been overlooked and underrepresented as a significant threat to women’s health. The common misconception that CVD primarily affects men has prevailed for most of modern medical history and, until as recently 2004, there was no large-scale public awareness campaign dedicated to women’s heart health."
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People with better heart health during young adulthood and middle age end up living longer and spending fewer years later in life with any kind of chronic disease, according to new research.
This prolonged good health also saves money on health care and reduces Medicare spending, the study team writes in the journal Circulation.
“As our population is getting older, it’s important to understand how we can help individuals maintain healthier lives as they age,” said lead author Norrina Allen of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
About 41 percent of the U.S. population will have cardiovascular disease by 2030, according to the American Heart Association. It is already the leading cause of death in the United States.
Read Entire Article: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-aging-heart-idUSKBN1811VD
Face-to-face, a human and a chimpanzee are easy to tell apart. The two species share a common primate ancestor, but over millions of years, their characteristics have morphed into easily distinguishable features. Chimps developed prominent brow ridges, flat noses, low-crowned heads and protruding muzzles. Human noses jut from relatively flat faces under high-domed crowns.
Those facial features diverged with the help of genetic parasites, mobile bits of genetic material that insert themselves into their hosts’ DNA. These parasites go by many names, including “jumping genes,” “transposable elements” and “transposons.” Some are relics of former viruses assimilated into a host’s genome, or genetic instruction book. Others are self-perpetuating pieces of genetic material whose origins are shrouded in the mists of time.
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There's a rich body of evidence that links chocolate to heart health.
Now comes a new study that finds people who consume small amounts of chocolate each week have a lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation, a heart condition characterized by a rapid or irregular heartbeat.
"The rate of atrial fibrillation was 20 percent lower for people consuming two to six servings [of chocolate] per week" compared with people who ate chocolate less than once per month, explains study author Elizabeth Mostofsky, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The findings are published in the journal BMJ Heart.
Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, can increase the risk of heart failure, stroke and cognitive impairment. It affects over 33 million people around the globe, and an estimated 25 percent of adults will develop the condition during their lifetime, according to an editorial published alongside the paper.
Read Article: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/05/24/529843647/eating-chocolate-a-little-each-week-may-lower-the-risk-of-a-heart-flutter
A stress test, sometimes called a treadmill test or exercise test, helps your doctor find out how well your heart handles its workload. As your body works harder during the test, it requires more fuel and your heart has to pump more blood. The test can show if there’s a lack of blood supply through the arteries that go to the heart. Taking a stress test also helps your doctor know the kind and level of physical activity that’s right for you.
Taking a stress test also helps your doctor know the kind and level of physical activity that’s right for you.
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Common cardiovascular conditionsRheumatic heart disease
Rheumatic heart disease is caused by one or more attacks of rheumatic fever, which then do damage to the heart, particularly the heart valves. Rheumatic fever usually occurs in childhood, and may follow a streptococcal infection. In some cases, the infection affects the heart and may result in scarring the valves, weakening the heart muscle, or damaging the sac enclosing the heart. The valves are sometimes scarred so they do not open and close normally.
Hypertensive heart disease
High blood pressure of unknown origin (primary hypertension) or caused by (secondary hypertension) certain specific diseases or infections, such as tumor in the adrenal glands, damage to or disease of the kidneys or their blood vessels. High blood pressure may overburden the heart and blood vessels and cause disease.
Ischemic heart disease
Heart ailments caused by narrowing of the coronary arteries and therefore a decreased blood supply to the heart.
Disease pertaining to the blood vessels in the brain. A cerebrovascular accident or stroke is the result of an impeded blood supply to some part of the brain.
Inflammatory heart disease
Inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis), the membrane sac (pericarditis) which surround the heart, the inner lining of the heart (endocarditis) or the myocardium (heart muscle). Inflammation may be caused by known toxic or infectious agents or by an unknown origin.
Read Article: http://www.world-heart-federation.org/cardiovascular-health/heart-disease/different-heart-diseases/
Regular exercise, especially aerobic exercise, is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It helps cut your chances of getting heart disease. It's good for your blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, energy level, and mood, too.
If you're not active now, check in with your doctor before you start. She’ll let you know what you can do safely.
If you take any prescription medicines, ask her if you need to adjust them when you start exercising.
How Often and How Long Should I Exercise?If you're not active now, gradually work up to an aerobic session of about 20 to 30 minutes, at least three or four times a week.
While the more exercise you can do, the better, any amount is good for you.
What Type of Exercise Should I Do?Anything that makes your heart beat a bit faster counts.
Think about what you need. For instance, if you're looking for something easy on your joints, consider walking and swimming.
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Landmines are explosive wartime weapons. People bury them or leave them on the ground for their enemies to step on or drive over. Yet once peacetime arrives, some of these buried bombs may remain behind. They’re often in empty fields, where they can maim or kill innocent civilians. But a new technology can make it easy to find landmines — even from a safe distance. And this might let bomb crews disarm these weapons before someone gets hurt.
Read Article: https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/tweaked-germs-glow-pinpoint-buried-landmines
Eating a heart-healthy diet pays big benefits, like better cholesterol and blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and weight.
Surprise: Eating this way can taste good! While most diets tell you what you can't eat, it's more powerful to focus on what you can eat.
Take these nuggets of nutrition wisdom to heart:
Statically speaking cardiologists tend to have a higher rate of burnout than many other doctors. Read about why this is and how to prevent it.
For many residents entering their fellowship training, burnout has become an unfortunate and, sometimes, unavoidable reality. The cardiology specialty presents its own unique challenges apart from those experienced in internal medicine residency – stressors that can leave even the most confident individual needing more time to unwind and regroup. Physicians suffering from burnout are less likely to deliver compassionate care, becoming desensitized to patient care as work-related stress increases. With burnout also comes emotional exhaustion and less feeling of accomplishment, making for a less productive workplace and reduced patient satisfaction, according to a recent post on the Health Affairs Blog.
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