Tag: cardiovascular disease

Cut Cardiovascular Risks With Your Diet

You already know that having high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and/or blood pressure raises your odds of having cardiovascular disease (CVD), which increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other problems that affect your heart and circulatory system—but you may not know just how much your odds drop when you

Vitamin E Supports Heart, Brain, Eye, and Immune Health

You may not hear much about vitamin E, but it more than pulls its weight when it comes to your health. It’s an antioxidant that helps to protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals (unstable molecules that occur naturally in the body). It boosts immunity, reduces the risk

“Sleep Hygiene” Can Help You Slumber Peacefully

Poor sleep predicts disability in older age, according to a recent study (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Sept. 14, 2016). Previous research has linked sleep problems to cardiovascular disease, heart attack and heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, obesity, depression, and cognitive issues. Daytime tiredness due to poor

Migraine, Cardiovascular Disease Linked in Women

Women who experience migraines, take note: Migraines were found to be associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cardiovascular events, such as stroke and heart attack, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Headache Society in July 2014. These findings are based on

Newsbriefs: Memory Decline; Dementia Risk; Lutein; Aerobics

Changes in Gait Can Predict Decline in Memory and Thinking.
A study by researchers from the Mayo Clinic found that certain factors involved in a person’s gait can predict declines in memory and thinking. The study involved 3,426 cognitively normal participants between ages 70 and 89. The researchers used gait criteria,

Turn Nutritious Fruits Into Healthy Desserts

Turn Nutritious Fruits Into Healthy Desserts

Fruits provide slow-digesting carbs, various types of fiber, and a host of vitamins, including A, C, E, and K plus several B vitamins. Fruits also provide many important minerals, including calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and copper, along with a cornucopia of phytochemicals. Among plant foods, fruits are especially high in

What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

There was a time when eyecare specialists could do nothing to stop the advance of age-related macular degeneration. Up until about 10 years ago, people with more advanced forms of the disease generally progressed to the point of being legally blind. That’s not necessarily the case today. Advances in medical

Ask the Doctor: Blood Pressure & Sun Exposure; Insomnia & Heart Disease

Why does the label on my blood pressure medication say I should avoid sun exposure while taking it?

Several types of medications, including some blood pressure drugs, antidepressants, antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and diuretics, can cause “chemical photosensitivi-ty,” which is an enhanced reaction to ultraviolet (UV) light that makes skin extra-sensitive

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