Who doesn’t want to be happy? Being happy and having a sense of well-being are desirable in and of themselves, of course, but the field of positive psychology is showing us that there is more to it than that. The happiest, most positive people also tend to be among the
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
Weight fluctuation throughout the course of a day is normal. Weight fluctuation throughout the course of your life can be harmful. Sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? It’s not.
A person should strive to maintain a lifelong, consistent healthy weight. Fluctuation in large amounts throughout your life—that lose-gain-lose-gain cycle so many of us
Being obese—having a body mass index (BMI) over 30 and a waist-to-hip ratio over .85—can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is caused by plaque buildup in artery walls, which narrows blood vessels and prevents enough oxygen from reaching the heart, which could
About 5.7 million Americans have heart failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This number has been on the increase for years, because the average age of Americans is increasing, and the condition is more common in older adults. Another reason for the higher number is that,
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,
About 8 percent of Americans take fish oil supplements, likely due to research suggesting they may help protect heart health. However, two trials published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), Nov. 10, 2018, show mixed results on the benefits of fish oil. If you’re taking it, should you
Vegetarian Diet Lowers Heart Disease Risk
Following a plant-based diet has been consistently associated with significant heart health benefits, according to researchers. A review of studies shows people who follow a vegetarian diet reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease by 40 percent, and hypertension by 34 percent. In
If you often experience tired legs when the rest of you is wide awake, it could be time to have your cardiovascular health checked and to evaluate your muscular fitness.
Tired legs can actually be a symptom of several conditions, but typically the feeling is caused by decreased blood flow from
If you’ve discovered that you have high triglycerides, it’s important to learn how to lower your levels. How to lower triglycerides? A number of ways are available, but you almost always should begin by using three of the most-researched natural therapies: omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and niacin, each of which