Meat-Heavy Diets May Raise Older Women’s Heart Risks

Vegetable protein sources appear safer….

Women over 50 who follow a high-protein diet could have a higher risk for heart failure, especially if most of their protein comes from meat, researchers report. The study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect. However, postmenopausal women with the most protein in their diet had a 60 percent increased risk of heart failure, compared with women who ate little protein, the study found. The findings were presented Monday at the American Heart Association annual meeting in New Orleans.

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Heart Disease in African-American Women

Splashing a little bit of water on her face didn’t calm Shermane Winters-Wofford’s first date jitters. And then what she perceived as nervousness escalated into sweating and tightness in her chest.

Although she didn’t experience the typical warning signs, Shermane was having a stroke.

A stroke? How could it be? After all, she thought of herself as perfectly healthy. But it turns out Shermane had been at risk all along. Like many other African-American women, she had a strong family history of high blood pressure and heart disease. Unfortunately, she didn’t discover this until it was almost too late.

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Cardiogram Raises $2 Million To Predict Heart Health Issues Using Wearables

Tech Crunch – by: 

Health tech startup Cardiogram has raised $2 million in a seed round led by the a16z Bio Fund for an app that screens users’ cardio health and gives them help improving or maintaining it.

The company started out with an Apple Watch integrated app, initially. But it is ultimately planning to be a “device agnostic” business, and to make its app utilizable with all manner of wearables such as Android Wear watches, or various fitness bands and activity trackers from the likes of Fitbit or Garmin.

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Are We Reaching The End Of The Trend For Longer, Healthier Lives?

E-Cigarettes Dangerous To Heart Health and Blood Pressure

– New research suggests that using e-cigarettes could be as bad for the heart as smoking tobacco.

Researchers from the University of Athens Medical School found that inhaling nicotine vapour from the electronic devices damages key blood vessels, raising the risk of heart disease.The Greek scientists monitored participants’ hearts while using an e-cigarette for 30 minutes and smoking a conventional cigarette for five minutes, which they said was the most accurate comparison of typical use.They found that the two activities both raised blood pressure and led to similar levels of stiffness in the aorta, the main artery, which is a major cause of heart problems.

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Keeping Your Heart Healthy

NOW there are a couple of organs in the body that you can live without, but the heart is not one of them. Without it, you’re dead! So it is best to know how to recognise heart disease and what you can do to avoid it. Heart disease is the collective for a whole range of conditions that affect your heart and cardiovascular system and is essentially divided into two main categories. One group of conditions affects the heart itself such as muscles of the heart, its rhythm and its valves – like irregular heartbeats. The other refers to the conditions that occur in the blood vessels, capillaries and veins as a result of them narrowing or becoming blocked causing chest pain, heart attacks and stroke.

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Bigger Hearts Don’t Necessarily Signal A Bigger Problem

Aug 10, 2016 | Sarah Sipek

The average American will never have Olympic-level athletic ability—but they could have an Olympian-sized heart.

“Athlete’s heart” is a documented phenomenon in which the hearts of endurance athletes become enlarged in response to high levels of exercise. Aware of the condition, physicians are careful not to misdiagnose athletes with heart disease, which is a potential cause of an enlarged heart.

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Does marriage help or harm your health?

HEALTH | RELATIONSHIPS | Amanda MacMillan

12 Ways Your Relationship Can Hurt Your Health

How your boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse can influence everything from sleep to blood pressure.

Can your relationship status make a difference in your overall well-being? To borrow a commonly used Facebook phrase, it’s complicated. Research shows that strong partnerships can help us avoid illness, adopt healthier habits, and even live longer. On the other hand, troubled relationships tend to breed stress and weaken immunity.

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Give Dad’s Heart A Little Father’s Day Love

Dr. Douglas Wysham for the Union-Bulletin

Rather than splurging on a fancy grill or sterling silver cuff links this Father’s Day, suggest choosing an activity you and your dad can do together that gets you outdoors and active. Planning an adventure-filled day will be more memorable and beneficial for your dad’s heart health.Keeping your dad’s heart healthy ensures more time spent with the big guy you look up to — who taught you to tie your shoes, helped you with your math homework, and kept you safe when you were scared. He was there all those years, and now is your chance to spend previous time together. This year, consider giving your dad the gift of heart healthy for Father’s Day on June 19 — or at least help get him kick started on a path to a healthy heart.

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