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Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Risk Of Death From Heart Failure

Tue, 01 May 2012 22:33:16 +0000

Low levels of Vitamin D may substantially increase the risk of death due to heart failure according to the results of a study conducted by Israeli researchers and published in the European Journal of Heart Failure in February. The study also found that regular vitamin D supplementation lowered the risk of heart failure by a [...]

Menthol Cigarettes Associated With Higher Stroke Risk

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:27:22 +0000

Smokers of menthol cigarettes are more than twice as likely to suffer a stroke than regular cigarette users according to the results of a study published this month in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The research, conducted by Dr Nicholas Vozoris of the Department of Medicine, St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, involved the study of more [...]

Red Meat Raises Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease Risks

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:23:27 +0000

Those who consume large amounts of red and processed meats are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease and cancer according to the results of a new study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine earlier this month. The researchers calculated that almost 10% of total deaths could be prevented if individuals reduce their red [...]

Black Tea Cuts Blood Pressure, May Lower Heart Disease Risk By Up To 10%

Fri, 03 Feb 2012 04:09:37 +0000

A small Australian study, published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine last month, has found that three cups of black tea a day may significantly lower blood pressure, reducing heart disease risk by as much as 10%. The research, led by Dr. Jonathan Hodgson of the School of Medicine and Pharmacology, University of Western [...]

Recent Study Suggests Eating Kiwifruit May Help The Heart

Sat, 19 Nov 2011 08:53:04 +0000

Eating 3 kiwifruit a day may lead to small reductions in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure according to a study presented at the 2011 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida this month. The study, led by Mette Svendsen of the Oslo University Hospital in Norway, involved 118 middle aged men and women [...]

Weight Loss Surgery Slashes Risk Of Coronary Heart Disease By 40%

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 02:34:11 +0000

Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic have found that weight loss surgery in obese individuals dramatically improves several cardiovascular risk factors, reducing the 10-year risk of coronary heart disease by an estimated 40%. The study, which was published online last month in the American Journal of Cardiology, involved the analysis of 52 studies comprising more than [...]

Heart Attacks Occur More Than A Decade Earlier In Smokers

Mon, 10 Oct 2011 20:41:10 +0000

Research, published online last month in The American Journal of Cardiology, has found that heart attacks occur much earlier in smokers compared to non-smokers. The study also found that female smokers were at a greater risk of smoking related heart problems than men. The study, which involved more than 3,500 men and women who had [...]

Diclofenac & Other Common Painkillers Raise Heart Attack Risk By Up To 40%

Sat, 01 Oct 2011 00:44:51 +0000

A study, published earlier this week in the journal PLoS Medicine, has raised concerns about the safety of some common painkillers after finding the use of some common drugs including naproxen, ibuprofen, celecoxib, and diclofenac, raise the risk of suffering a heart attack by as much as 40%. The research, conducted by Patricia McGettigan of [...]

Study Finds High Vitamin B6 Levels Slash Odds Of Heart Attack By Up To 82%

Thu, 29 Sep 2011 11:25:08 +0000

In a previous post, we mentioned that B Vitamin deficiencies may increase the risk of heart disease by raising circulating levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that damages arterial walls. A 2009 study published in the journal Circulation has shown just how important one of these B vitamins can be in reducing heart attack risk. [...]

Eating Smaller Meals More Frequently Can Lower Cholesterol

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 12:19:08 +0000

Eating a regular number of “micro-meals” throughout the day rather than one or two large meals can lead to dramatic improvements in cholesterol levels as well as aiding weight loss according to recent research. One study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1992, involved surveying the eating habits of 2034 men and [...]

Which Meats Have The Lowest Cholesterol Levels?

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 10:48:15 +0000

For people on a low cholesterol diet, eating meat  can be a tricky issue because virtually all meats have some degree of cholesterol in them. Fortunately there are many meats that are relatively low in cholesterol that can be enjoyed in moderate quantities as part of a balanced diet. The following table shows the cholesterol [...]

Switching To Rye Bread May Reduce Cholesterol Levels

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 12:20:00 +0000

Two recent studies have found that consuming rye bread, rather than wheat based bread, may reduce cholesterol levels by more than 10%. Rye bread is a popular food item in Germany and eastern European countries such as Poland, Russia, and the Ukraine. It is also widely available in the United States and tends to be darker, [...]

Vitamin E Inhibitis Atherosclerosis By Reducing LDL Oxidation

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 10:01:53 +0000

High levels of LDL cholesterol have long been considered to be a major risk factor for heart disease. Many scientists now believe that it is not the LDL cholesterol itself that causes heart disease but the oxidation of the LDL molecule that causes the most damage to arteries. Oxidized LDL molecules are extremely reactive and [...]

Baked Beans Lower Cholesterol, Reduce Heart Disease Risk

Sat, 13 Aug 2011 10:58:39 +0000

At just a dollar a can, baked beans are a quick, inexpensive choice when you’re stuck for meal ideas, however there is also evidence that baked beans can lower cholesterol and reduce your overall risk of heart disease. A study, published in 1990 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, involved the study of 24 [...]

The Heart Benefits Of Fish And Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Fri, 19 Nov 2010 02:27:17 +0000

Recent scientific evidence points to a significant reduction in the incidence of heart disease in those who consume large amounts of fish. In particular, it appears that it is the omega-3 fatty acids present in fish that are responsible for this reduction. In countries such as Ireland and Japan, and Iceland, where per capita fish [...]

Study: Alcohol In Moderation Better Than Abstaining For Heart Attack Survivors

Sat, 08 May 2010 03:33:43 +0000

Those who continue to drink alcohol after suffering a heart attack fare better than those who quit drinking according to a study published last month in the American Journal Of Cardiology. Researchers looked at the health of a group of 325 moderate drinkers who had recently suffered a heart attack. 84% continued to drink moderately [...]

Lower Blood Pressure Not Always Better For Preventing Cardiovascular Disease

Mon, 11 May 2009 07:36:12 +0000

While it is well known that high blood pressure increases the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes, scientific evidence also suggests that excessively low blood pressure can be almost as harmful as high blood pressure. A new study, presented at the American Society of Hypertension meeting in San Francisco this month, [...]

Diet Changes As Good As Statins For Cholesterol Reduction

Thu, 04 Dec 2008 19:53:27 +0000

A combination of cholesterol lowering foods can achieve similar cholesterol lowering results to statins according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2005. The research, conducted by Canadian scientists, involved the comparison of a diet rich in foods known to reduce cholesterol with a popular statin known as lovastatin. [...]

High Cholesterol Levels Double Lifetime Heart Disease Risk

Wed, 22 Oct 2008 07:54:28 +0000

A study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2004 has found that high total cholesterol levels can double an individuals remaining lifetime risk of developing coronary heart disease. The researchers used data from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) to determine how total cholesterol levels influence overall heart disease risk. More than 7,000 men [...]

Nine Preventable Risk Factors Are Responsible For 90% Of Heart Attacks

Thu, 02 Oct 2008 11:24:26 +0000

There are numerous lifestyle, dietary, and genetic factors believed to play a part in heart disease and it can be difficult to determine which of these factors are the most important ones. According to a report published in the journal Lancet in 2004, there are just nine risk factors that account for the overwhelming majority [...]