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...]

Walnuts against stress

Here is another autumn health superstar that we shouldn’t forget about: WALNUTS. This nut that closely resembles the brain has been shown to be good for heart health, a delicious brain food, and … [Read more...]

Alcohol and heart health: the latest updates

Alcohol. Is it or is it not good for our health? Over the years, there have been hundreds of studies investigating this topic but the results have been contradictory. Below, we look at 3 of the most … [Read more...]

The US President’s cardiovascular health

Whatever happened to privacy and doctor-patient confidentiality? Well, if you are the leader of a country like the US, the results of your physical check up is a matter of national importance because … [Read more...]

Heart health defined: AHA’s Life’s Simple 7

What is cardiovascular health? What are the criteria to meet in order to be considered as “heart-healthy?” At last, the American Heart Association (AHA) has sought to answer these questions. The … [Read more...]

Lead exposure and heart health

We are constantly exposed to the environmental pollutant lead. What are the health effects of this  exposure? There have been studies that linked concentrations of lead in the blood to … [Read more...]

Soccer for female cardiovascular health

It’s known as soccer in the US and Canada. It’s called football in the rest of the world. And while the excitement for next year’s Football World Cup in South Africa is building up, people take very … [Read more...]

Traffic noise and your blood pressure

For those thousands who are on the road every week day, have you ever wondered about how traffic affects your cardiovascular health? I already have tackled several aspects of traffic before in this … [Read more...]

Smokeless tobacco is deadly for the heart, too.

The use of smokeless tobacco products is on the rise. This has probably something to do with the widespread implementation of anti-smoking bans in many countries of the world. Thus, the age old … [Read more...]

Eat red for a healthy heart

"When can we eat cherries, mom?", asked my two pre-schoolers. "In the summer," I replied. My kids are not the only ones looking forward to the cherry season. I am quite partial to this red seasonal … [Read more...]

Traffic exposure can trigger a heart attack

We are exposed to traffic everyday, whether as a commuter or as a driver. Some of us are even exposed as part of our jobs, e.g. as traffic policemen, bus drivers, tec. This post explores the link … [Read more...]

How anger and hostility affect your heart health

Negative feelings can have adverse effects on your cardiovascular health. We know that depression and stress are not good for the health. But what about anger and hostility? In many films we see, … [Read more...]

Music for your heart and health

  The brain plays a very important role in cardiovascular health. And whatever soothes the brain is good for the heart. Like music. Music has been shown to have a therapeutic effect on people, from … [Read more...]

Cranberry and your cardiovascular health

This is probably not the first time that you heard it - cranberry is good for your health. Especially cardiovascular health. And Thanksgiving is the best time to remind us of this. Here are some of … [Read more...]

Lifestyle changes in many populations may be changing cardiovascular health – for the worse

When I was growing up in an Asian country in the Pacific, the daily fare was rice, fresh fish, vegetables, and fruit. That was before the fast food invasion. Several decades, the daily diet has … [Read more...]

Birth weight and cardiovascular health – where is the connection?

How much did you weigh at birth? Your baby/babies? Does it matter? A new study by British researchers published in the European Heart Journal shows that there is a link between low birth weight and … [Read more...]

Hysterectomy: keeping the ovaries keeps the heart healthy

Cervical cancer is a cancer that affects the tissue of the cervix, the funnel-shaped organ located between the uterus and the vagina. According to estimates by the National Cancer Institute, about … [Read more...]

Your cat may be good for your heart!

Had a bad day at the office? What about getting a cat to de-stress? Owning a cat may even benefit your heart, according to a 20-year "feline lifeline" study by researchers at the University of … [Read more...]

Sleepless nights are hard on women’s hearts

Poor sleep is associated with increased risk for having type 2 diabetes and heart disease. And when it comes to lack of sleep, women's cardiovascular health suffer the most. A recent study by … [Read more...]

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