3 QUICK Tips + Exercises to Increase Your Bench Press 100% (Build Muscle in the Gym or Fat Loss)

July 9, 2011 by  
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FDA Women’s Health Video Blog: Women’s Heart Health

March 21, 2011 by  
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Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States? Watch as FDA’s video blog hosts talk through the important signs of heart disease in women. For tips and additional information about heart health, healthy eating and more, please visit: www.fda.gov

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

February 4, 2011 by  

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 Chinese New Year’s party tonight. Red symbolizes the color of the heart. In many Asian cultures, red is also the symbol of life, love, luck and happiness. Happy New Year!

NIH researchers identify genetic cause of new vascular disease
ACDC is not your favourite rock band but stands for arterial calcification due to CD73 deficiency. It is rare vascular disease not previously described in medical literature. Till now. It is characterized by “progressive and painful arterial calcification affecting the lower extremities”, but does not affect the coronary arteries. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health’s Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP) has now identified the gene that causes the disease.

Walk faster, live longer
How long do you think you will live? You can tell by how fast you walk. This is according to a meta-analysis  by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh of nine studies involving about 35,000 people aged 65 and older.
“The reason that there’s a relationship between walking speed and longevity is because your walking speed is a very simple reflection of how well many of your body systems are doing”, according to one of the researchers.

30 minutes of brisk walking each is recommend for our health.

Most Americans with High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol at Unnecessary Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke
2 out of 3 adult Americans have high cholesterol levels that are not managed properly. In addition, about 50% have hypertension that is also not being treated effectively. This despite the fact that a wide range of treatments for dyslipidemia and hypertension are available and not that expensive too. This is according to the latest Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They key figures are given below:

Current cost estimates for  cardviovascular treatment in terms of direct medical costs is $300 billion each year. This expenditure can triple by 2030, according to experts, unless we do something right now.

Mechanical valves beat bioprostheses in younger patients: 10-year study
Mechanical or biologics? This is a question that patients needing valve replacement have to consider. A 10-year Swiss study showed that those who opt for mechanical valves actually tend to live longer despite a lifetime burden of taking anticoagulation agents.

Eat red for a healthy heart

May 14, 2009 by  

cherryWhen 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 fruit myself. Besides being yummy-tasting, cherries are one of the super red fruits that seem to be highly beneficial to our health. The red color is mainly due to antioxidants called anthocyanins in the fruit. According to researchers at the University of Michigan, a cup and half (equivalent to one and a half servings) of tart cherries can significantly increase your antioxidant levels. And they need not be fresh cherries which are not available the whole year round. Frozen cherries will do.

In the study, researchers analyzed the level of five types of anthocyanins in the blood and urine of the study participants after they ate the cherries either one and a half or three cups of cherries. The study results showed that antioxidant levels significantly increased even with just a small portion of the fruit and that this increased activity can last for up to 12 hours after eating cherries. In turn, this boost in antioxidant activity can provide protection against chronic illnesses, especially cardiovascular disease.

According to lead researcher Dr. Sara L. Warber of the University of Michigan Integrative Medicine

“This study documents for the first time that the antioxidants in tart cherries do make it into the human bloodstream and is coupled with increased antioxidant activity that could have a positive impact. And, while more research is needed, what’s really great is that a reasonable amount of cherries could potentially deliver benefits, like reducing risk factors for heart disease and inflammation.”

Aside from their cardioprotective properties, cherries can

  • have anti-inflammatory effects
  • lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce triglycerides

Because of these properties, cherry-enriched diets can be beneficial to people with arthritis, gout, type 2 diabetes, and vascular disorders.

Dr. Warber concludes:

“It’s encouraging when research like ours finds that great-tasting fruit can lead to real-life benefits, continuing to underscore the importance of whole foods in the diet.”

Another U of Michigan study last year also showed that cherries can help in weight reduction and getting rid of abdominal fat

According to lead author and cardiac surgeon Dr. Steven F. Bolling

“We know excess body fat increases the risk for heart disease. This research gives us one more support point suggesting that diet changes, such as including cherries, could potentially lower heart disease risk.”

Cherries, which are a member of the rose family, are available fresh in the summer months. However, you can also buy them frozen or dried or in the form of juice during off season.

For more information about cherries, its nutritional properties, and cherry recipes, check out www.choosecherries.com.

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Wear Red This Coming Friday

February 2, 2009 by  

Mark it in your calendar. And check your closet for something red to wear. This coming Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 is National Wear Red Day. This is the day when Americans will show their support for women’s heart disease awareness by wearing red. Let’s paint the town red literary. Wear anything that is a red. It could as big as a coat or dress or as small as a pin. Red is for women’s heart health awarenes as pink is for breast cancer awareness.

Just another marketing ploy or or a silly gag? Well, check out who will be wearing red on Friday. It would employees and supporters of

and many other advocacy groups.

How did this thing start anyway?

The Heart Truth-a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease-created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women.

This year, the critical message to share on Wear Red Day is “Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear-It’s the #1 Killer of Women.”

How else can you get involved aside from wearing red? Well, you can download this free National Wear Red Day toolkit for ideas on how to celebrate this day.

Now, if you happen to be in the ares of Washington D.C., maybe you should also check out the Sister to Sister National Women’s Heart Health Fair ,

a free, informative and engaging event that features lifestyle presentations, cutting-edge information on medical issues of importance to women and their families, and complimentary heart-health screenings.

Now, remember last year’s Go Red for Women TV special Untold Stories of the Heart? It was such a success that they’ve issued another casting call, this time for the 2009 episode. The casting is from January 15 to February 27.This is your chance to tell your story. Join Marie Osmond and other women and share your story.

So see you (in red) on Friday!

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