High cholesterol can have wide-ranging effects—both direct and indirect—on your heart and several other organs served by your vascular system. As cholesterol builds in the arteries of your heart, brain, and throughout your body, it usually does so silently. In some cases, the first signs of atherosclerosis may be a
Many people notice that the weather affects how they feel. Rain may make joints ache, dark days may cause dark moods, and barometric pressure changes can cause headaches. Now, a study published in the November 2018 issue of JAMA Cardiology reports that the weather may be associated with heart attacks,
In the 1980s and 1990s, Americans were told that eating less fat would reduce risk for cardiovascular disease and obesity. Why didn’t it work? Essentially, reducing total fat led to intake of more refined carbohydrates and less healthy fats, and both of these changes had negative health impacts.
Evolving Guidelines: Dietary
Music Beneficial for Dementia-Related Behaviors
A recent small study suggests that exposing people with dementia to music they have enjoyed in their lifetime may help ease behavioral and psychological symptoms like agitation, apathy, sleep disturbances, and constant movement. For the study (Geriatrics & Gerontology International, Nov. 20, 2018), 51 people with
What is a “mild heart attack”? You may have heard the expression and wondered exactly what it means. A bone can have a hairline fracture or a major break. A stroke can have relatively minor consequences or be severely debilitating. So can a heart attack be mild or major?
You no doubt have heard that high cholesterol is bad for you, but what does that really mean? And exactly what is cholesterol? You may have heard terms like low-density lipoprotein or high-density lipoprotein, but which is good and which is bad? And you may wonder whether you can reduce
More and more seniors without a history of cardiovascular disease are taking statins to prevent heart attack and stroke. But recent research (BMJ, Sept. 5, 2018), suggests that statins do not reduce cardiovascular disease or death in healthy seniors age 75 and older. According to the data, any protective effect
Are you dealing with one or more low magnesium symptoms, headaches, for example, or leg cramps, or insomnia? This key mineral is necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, from steadying your heart rhythm to supporting your immune system and keeping your bones strong to helping with nerve
For thousands of years, humans have used the aloe vera plant in various ways—as a wound and burn dressing, as an embalming fluid, and as a beauty aid to help keep the skin soft. And in the U.S., the plant, which is thought to have originated in Egypt and the
You could be following a heart-healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and optimizing your weight and still not have your lipids and cardiovascular risk level where they need to be. When lifestyle changes aren’t enough to control your cholesterol, your physician may prescribe a medication to help you out.
Fortunately, you have