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Foods Associated with an Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Death in Middle-Age Identified

Foods Associated with an Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Death in Middle-Age Identified

Oxford University discovered two different diets that increase cardiovascular disease risk, one that includes little fresh produce and is high in confectionaries, butter and low-fiber bread and a second diet that is also high in confectionaries as well as fruit juice, sugar-sweetened drinks, and table sugar but low in dairy. Higher disease risk persisted even though those following the second diet maintained an overall healthier lifestyle.

Processed Meat Linked to Cardiovascular Disease and Death

Processed Meat Linked to Cardiovascular Disease and Death

A global study led by Hamilton scientists has found a link between eating processed meat and a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. The same study did not find a similar link with unprocessed red meat or poultry.

The information comes from the diets and health outcomes of 134,297 people from 21 countries spanning five continents, who were tracked by researchers for data on meat consumption and cardiovascular illnesses.

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Alcohol and Your Heart

Alcohol and Your Heart

Everybody knows excess alcohol is hard on the liver and that drinking too much adversely affects your brain . . . But what about alcohol and heart health? Isn’t alcohol good for your heart? . . .

I know you can find studies showing that “moderate” alcohol use—up to one drink a day for women and two for men—improves heart health. Yet, the latest research suggests this level of alcohol consumption is linked with an increased risk of accidents, falls, several types of cancer, and numerous cardiovascular problems.

Coenzyme Q10: The Body’s Spark Plug

Coenzyme Q10: The Body’s Spark Plug

Just as a car can’t run without that initial spark, the human body can’t get going without CoQ10. It is an essential component of the mitochondria, which produce the power that cells need to . . . perform all their other functions.

Although our bodies can produce CoQ10, we don’t always make enough. Because the brain and heart are among the most active tissues in the body, CoQ10 deficiency affects them the most . . .

Could Eating Fish Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease

Could Eating Fish Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease

Your GI tract is home to an incredibly diverse ecosystem made up of bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, and other microeukaryotes. Scientists estimate that the average human gut encompasses over a thousand species of bacteria . . .

More recently, the scientific and medical communities have been abuzz regarding the topic of gut microbiome due to its potential role as a link between the gut and the heart.

Eat More (Good) Fat & Fiber to Prevent Arteriosclerosis

Eat More (Good) Fat & Fiber to Prevent Arteriosclerosis

Different forms of arteriosclerosis are the primary causes of heart disease and strokes. It’s a disease that progresses slowly and can start as early as childhood! 

Thanks to numerous studies and advancements in technology, we now have a clearer understanding of the complex molecular mechanisms that lead to arterial and coronary heart diseases. Strong evidence shows that there’s a connection . . .

3 Ways a Healthy Gut Impacts Heart Health

3 Ways a Healthy Gut Impacts Heart Health

Better gut health could be key to preventing cardiovascular events.

Think your gut health only affects your immune system? Turns out it has a large impact on cardiovascular health, too.

New research has found some cardiac conditions can be linked to our gut microbiome. And new studies continue to find that having a healthy gut can help lead to a healthy heart.

Know When It’s a Heart Attack: 10 Heart Attack Symptoms (+ 7 Tips to Help Recovery)

Know When It’s a Heart Attack: 10 Heart Attack Symptoms (+ 7 Tips to Help Recovery)

Dramatically clutching the chest and slowly sinking to the floor is often how heart attacks are presented in television and movies. And while heart attack symptoms can arise suddenly and be quite intense, more often the symptoms start more slowly and are milder, according to the American Heart Association.

Heart attack symptoms can present with a general discomfort, pressure . . .

Does Testosterone Therapy Increase The Risk of Heart Disease in Men?

Does Testosterone Therapy Increase The Risk of Heart Disease in Men?

In recent years, advertising campaigns for testosterone replacement therapy have sparked a rapid rise in the use of testosterone gels, patches, pellets, and injections by men of all ages. Despite its popularity, testosterone therapy is not without risk. Research suggests that men who use testosterone may be at increased risk of heart disease. Read on to learn about the dangers . . .

For Vascular Health, Boost Your Flavonoid Intake

For Vascular Health, Boost Your Flavonoid Intake

Flavonoids are a group of plant pigments that are responsible for many of the health benefits of fruits, vegetables, juices, and herbs. As a class of over 8,000 compounds, flavonoids are sometimes called “nature’s biological response modifiers” because of their anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antiviral, and anticancer properties.

New data has confirmed a higher intake of flavonoids offers . . .

Avoid These Foods for a Healthier Heart

Avoid These Foods for a Healthier Heart

Improving your diet lowers your risk for heart disease in many ways, including helping to lower high cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar and insulin levels, as well as preventing obesity and improving the function of your heart and blood vessels.

If you are watching your heart health, the following foods should not make it onto your meal plan very often.

*See Publisher’s Note

Publisher’s Note: While whole grains are preferable to processed grains and carbohydrates, all grains spike blood sugar. Powerful surges in blood glucose levels, can raise the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Also, from a nutrition standpoint, fruits and vegetables generally surpass whole grains. Moreover, note that although studies have shown that diets including whole grains promote heart health, such as the Mediterranean diet, research also indicates that when the Mediterranean diet is compared to the Paleo diet, the latter is superior. See some of the research Here.

Inflammation Keeps Heart Attack and Stroke at Bay

Inflammation Keeps Heart Attack and Stroke at Bay

Scientists have discovered that . . . inflammation can be both good and bad. In its well-known bad role, it can aid atherosclerosis, the plaque-forming process that clogs up arteries and raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

New research, however, has also revealed that during the advanced stages of atherosclerosisinflammation helps to keep the plaques stable, which reduces the risk of heart attacks . . .

The Autoimmune-Heart Disease Connection

The Autoimmune-Heart Disease Connection

Whether it’s through personal experience or something you read in the news, most of us have been shocked by the story of a fit and health-conscious individual who died of an unexpected heart attack in their early 40’s.

Stories like these can be . . . highly alarming. How could someone who looked so healthy suddenly have a heart attack? And why didn’t this person’s doctor catch the signs sooner?

Bad News for Your Brain: Artificially Sweetened Drinks Increase Risk of Stroke and Dementia

Bad News for Your Brain: Artificially Sweetened Drinks Increase Risk of Stroke and Dementia

Ever find yourself wondering, “Is diet soda bad for you?” It may seem like a better option compared to sugary soda, but the science shows that viewpoint falls flat. And now, we have even more reason to avoid soda at all costs. Artificially sweetened drinks increase risk of stroke and dementia. In other words, it’s hammering your brain.

Heart Health Part II: Sugar, Cholesterol, and Heart Disease

Heart Health Part II: Sugar, Cholesterol, and Heart Disease

This is the second article in a two-part series about heart health. See part one  . . .

The Autoimmune-Heart Disease Connection

Last week, I wrote about the link between autoimmunity and cardiovascular disease (CVD). This week, I want to talk about how sugar and cholesterol factor into the equation, and the most helpful tests for determining your risk for heart disease.

Mainstream Medicine Study Confirms Chelation Therapy Significantly Lowers Heart Attack and Stroke Risk

Mainstream Medicine Study Confirms Chelation Therapy Significantly Lowers Heart Attack and Stroke Risk

For decades conventional medicine has treated holistic doctors who prescribe chelation therapy to treat patients with cardiovascular disease like we were kooks. 

Well, it looks like the time has finally come for those naysayers to . . . dine on some crow. A . . . 7-year long study . . . has found that chelation therapy reduced the risk of heart attacks, deaths . . .

Learn FAST+ 23 Other Warning Signs of a Stroke

Learn FAST+ 23 Other Warning Signs of a Stroke

Nearly 800,000 people in the United States each year have a stroke, resulting in 160,000 deaths from stroke-related causes according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes. This makes stroke the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. In addition, strokes are the leading cause of serious long-term adult disability . . .

Boost Nitric Oxide Levels for Improved Health

Boost Nitric Oxide Levels for Improved Health

We knew about the health benefits of nitric oxide long before scientists were aware of its presence in the human body. Nitroglycerin, a drug that works on nitric oxide pathways, was adopted as a medical therapy for angina and high blood pressure in the 1880s, but another century passed before anyone had any inkling of why it worked.

 . . . Let’s take a look at the multiple roles and benefits of nitric oxide . . .

The Gut-Heart Connection

The Gut-Heart Connection

As the prevalence of heart disease continues to rise, researchers are hard at work trying to discover the mechanisms at play. One factor to emerge in recent years is the gut and its associated microbes. Read on to learn how gut ecology can influence heart health and heart disease. . . .

Microbes Affect Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Many risk factors have been identified for cardiovascular disease. Some, like family history, age . . .

Causes of Heart Disease

Causes of Heart Disease

“How did this happen?” is a common question I get from patients when I first tell them they have heart disease.

There are many possible causes of heart disease. . . . But first, let me get something off my chest.

Heart Disease and Genetics

I’m going to tell you how you get heart disease but let’s get one thing out of the way and off the table right off the bat – you didn’t get heart disease because of genetics.

Scientists Finally Discover How Stress Causes Heart Attacks and Strokes

Scientists Finally Discover How Stress Causes Heart Attacks and Strokes

The reason why stress causes heart attacks and strokes may finally have been discovered by scientists, leading to hopes that it could prevented.

For years experts have puzzled as to how chronic anxiety leads to heart problems.

But now scientists have found that people who have heightened activity in a part of the brain linked to stress – the amygdala . . .

Atrial Fibrillation ( + 6 Natural Ways to Help Treat ‘A-Fib’ Symptoms)

Atrial Fibrillation ( + 6 Natural Ways to Help Treat ‘A-Fib’ Symptoms)

Atrial fibrillation (also called AF or “A-fib” for short) is a heart condition that causes the heart to beat in an irregular, sometimes rapid rhythm that can result in poor circulation and other cardiovascular problems. While some people are totally unaware that they have atrial fibrillation and feel no symptoms at all, others experience symptoms that at times can feel pretty scary . . .

Eggs and Heart Health

Eggs and Heart Health

I don’t think there’s any more controversial food than eggs. By and large, the reason we have been told to avoid eating eggs is because they contain cholesterol, and indeed that’s true. A typical egg may contain as much as 200 mg of cholesterol. But does that mean we shouldn’t eat eggs?

To answer this question, researchers in Finland conducted an extensive study . . .

Another Cardiovascular Effect of CoQ10 Discovered

Another Cardiovascular Effect of CoQ10 Discovered

One of the most important nutrients for heart and vascular health is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Its role in the heart is similar to the role of a spark plug in a car engine. Just as the car cannot function without that initial spark, the heart cannot function without CoQ10. Although the body can make CoQ10, considerable research shows significant benefits with supplementation in various health issues . . .

Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Stroke

Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Stroke

Blocked arteries, ruptured blood vessels, or blood clots can cause a stroke.

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) may help with stroke prevention and recovery. Examples of CAM treatments include massage, dietary supplements, or acupuncture to manage stress.

According to a 50-year study of strokes in India, where strokes are more common than in Western countries . . .

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