Tag: cardiovascular disease

Boost Your Heart Health, Lower Your Dementia Risk

Taking steps to avoid heart disease and stroke may be the best way to preserve your brainpower as you age, new research suggests.

A study in the April 2, 2013 issue of the journal Neurology compared the scores of nearly 8,000 older adults on two widely used health assessment tools. In

Foods That Cause Inflammation

Foods That Cause Inflammation

Many of us are walking around with chronic inflammation, and the reaction can be extreme, presenting as arthritis (inflammation of joints), colitis (inflammation of the colon), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin) or inflammatory diseases. But inflammation can be chronic, low-grade, and the cause of vague symptoms like fatigue, brain fog,

Bacterial Infection: Be Careful—It Can Become Deadly!

Bacterial Infection: Be Careful—It Can Become Deadly!

Bacteria are one-cell organisms that are everywhere. Literally. Most bacteria are harmless, and many are beneficial. We need “good” bacteria to digest our food and help arm our immune system. And “good” bacteria destroy “bad” bacteria that may ultimately cause a bacterial infection.

A bacterial infection can be serious, especially if

Treat Mood and Anxiety Disorders to Protect Your Heart

Research suggests that what affects the cardiovascular system affects the brain, and vice versa. This interrelationship between head and heart can have life-or-death consequences, as illustrated recently by a study that found that heart patients with anxiety and/or depression face greatly increased risk of dying.

Researchers assessed 900 older adults with

Treat Health Problems Before They Trash Your Memory

Problems with cognition and memory are not necessarily a normal aspect of aging, and they should not be ignored, an MGH neuropsychologist cautions. The first step in addressing these problems is to get a thorough medical assessment to rule out cardiovascular disease, hypothyroidism, and many of the other medical issues

Eating for Your Heart

Eating for Your Heart

Eating habits play a pivotal role in promoting a healthy heart. But if you have a family history of heart disease, does healthy eating still matter? Indeed, for most people with such a family history, lifestyle makes a major difference in whether an inherited tendency actually leads to heart disease,

Depression Research Leads to Promising Discoveries

Researchers at MGH and elsewhere are hard at work looking for ways to ease the distress experienced by people with major depressive disorder (MDD), and some are reporting impressive preliminary results. Among their achievements, scientists have created the first blood test that can quickly and accurately diagnose MDD, and discovered

10 Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

10 Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

Vitamin D deficiency symptoms have been linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease, depression, and even cancer.[1] Here are 10 signs you’re not getting enough vitamin D:

Depression or anxiety
Bone softening (low bone density) or fractures
Fatigue and generalized weakness
Muscle cramps and weakness
Joint pain (most noticeable in the back and knees)
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