Easy Habits for Preventing Heart Attacks



You’ve probably heard that taking a baby aspirin daily can help prevent heart attacks. The bulk of Bayer’s commercials are centered on the idea, and what better way to up sales than prescribing … [Read more...]


Organic vs. inorganic food: fact vs. perception



I found this link very informative and I thought I’d share it with you.  Organic Food: Fact vs. Perception The take home message from the American Heart Association is: “...eat a variety of … [Read more...]


Three new drug to battle monster diseases approved by FDA



FDA approves new treatment for large brain aneurysms The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the cPAX Aneurysm Treatment System for surgery on brain aneurysms that are difficult to … [Read more...]


The “broken heart“ syndrome



Yes, it is for real and there is real science behind it. It is called “Takotsubo cardiomyopathy” (TTC) named after a Japanese octopus trap basket by the Japanese scientists who first described it. The … [Read more...]


Friends can help prevent cancer…



I am not the type to forward chain emails. But this one cuaght my attention and touched my heart. It was sent by one of my very good friends who is fighting cancer - for the second time. Every … [Read more...]


Gear up for Charity Runs This Spring



I am getting kind of impatient with this heart problem of mine. The sooner my heart rhythm is back to normal, the sooner I can train. There are several local charity runs I am interested in but can’t … [Read more...]


Dressing for the winter outdoors



We are in the mountains once again to enjoy the snow, the sun and the fresh air. Every year, European families spend at least a week in some winter get away to do winter sports and enjoy nature. I … [Read more...]


The heart, the thyroid, and medications: it’s not yet over



My heart problems are still not over... Sad to feel bad on this day of hearts. To backtrack, I presented with symptoms of hyperthyroidism starting last week, which is most probably due to wrong … [Read more...]


Dabigatran is the new drug for stroke prevention



People suffering from arrhythmia are prone to stroke. Stroke may be prevented with the use of anticoagulants. Before September 2010, the most common prophylactic oral anticoagulants approved for this … [Read more...]


The heart, the thyroid and medications



When it feels like your heart is jumping erratically inside your chest, you ask yourself “What’s wrong with me?” If you are a health-conscious person like me, you will ask “Where did I do wrong?” Was … [Read more...]


NYC: No smoking in parks and beaches



“My world gets smaller everyday”, an old song goes. I can imagine that smokers are feeling this way these days. Especially in New York City. It all started with smoking bans in restaurants and bars in … [Read more...]


Heart(y) News: Wear Red Today, 4 February



Are you ready to paint the town red today? Or at least wear something red. I'm planning to for 2 special reasons. It’s National Wear Red Day in the US and many parts of the world. And I'm attending a … [Read more...]


Heart Events this February



The heart month is in full swing and there are lots of heart(y) activities for you to check out and join. Macy’s Wear Red Sale Starts on Wednesday, February 2 and ends on February 6 Come … [Read more...]


February is the Heart Month



February is the month of the heart in many parts of the world. But the Heart Month goes beyond the celebration of Valentine’s Day on February 14. The Heart Month is also a health observance dedicated … [Read more...]


Heart(y) news, 28 January



MEDICAL DEVICES First bioabsorbable stent approved in Europe Absorb everolimus-eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) stent is the first bioabsorbable stent to be in the market. The stent … [Read more...]


A tribute to Jack LaLanne: the man who lived healthy and lived well



In the 40s, back when doctors voted Camels as the best smoke, Jack LaLanne was doing push ups and cutting down on sugar. However, Francois "Jack LaLanne" was way ahead of his time and preached a … [Read more...]


How many hours do spend in front of the screen?



In a previous post, I discussed a study that indicates that 2 hours is the maximum duration of time we should spend in front of a screen during leisure hours. To recap what the study authors have to … [Read more...]


Winter health superstar: cinnamon



There is nothing more mouth-watering than the aroma of baking apfel strudel in the oven on a cold, snowy day in January. Mind you, I am no baking expert so I must confess that the apfel strudel is the … [Read more...]


Heart health tip: limit screentime to 2 hours each day



When flying long haul (and I’ve done lots lately – covering almost 40,000 km in the last 3 weeks), I make sure that I wear the so-called “compression” socks. In addition, I make sure I stand up, walk … [Read more...]


Secret of cardiovascular benefits of alcohol unravelled



At least in southern Europe, it is believed, that a glass of wine a day, keeps the doctor away.  Wine is an integral part of the supposedly healthy Mediterranean diet. Many studies also support this … [Read more...]


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