It’s not just your eating pattern and your physical activity that affect how well your heart and blood vessels function. Other aspects of your lifestyle appear to intersect with your diet and activity level on the path to better cardiovascular health. Your sleep, for instance, can affect your quality of
Macronutrients. Micronutrients. Plant foods. Animal foods. What matters most is that you understand how to use them to lay the groundwork for healthy eating. In that respect, think of them as bricks in the road leading you to a potentially life-changing destination: a heart-healthy dietary pattern.
Focus more on your overall
More than 7 million people in the U.S. have diabetes but haven’t been diagnosed, according to recent estimates. You may wonder how so many people could have a serious disease like diabetes but be unaware of it. The primary reason is that symptoms are rare in the early stages of
Regardless of what your test results indicate or what your risk category is, one fact is inescapable: Following a heart-healthy lifestyle can help you minimize your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other adverse cardiovascular outcomes, as well as improve your overall health and quality of life.
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You get regular exercise, eat right, and don’t smoke, and you have no symptoms that suggest heart trouble, so you assume that your risk for a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular event is low. However, regardless of how healthy your lifestyle is, you need to be aware of the
To understand how cholesterol affects your cardiovascular health, it helps to understand the workings of your heart and vascular system.
Think of your heart as a pump, about the size of a fist and weighing only 8 to 10 ounces. It consists of two upper chambers (the left and right
Whether you’re suffering from tendinitis or bronchitis, inflammation can make you feel awful. You pop an NSAID (like ibuprofen or aspirin), but it doesn’t seem to touch your pain. Plus, now you’re suffering from its side effects—nausea, vomiting, constipation, and headaches. If only there was something you could do (or
As you have learned, the digestive system exists to extract the nutrients we need from food. In the modern world, where food is abundant and choices abound, eating too much is common. When we eat more than we need, the body stores the extra calories as fat. Fat isn’t all
Many of my patients ask me how they can protect themselves against heart disease and whether they should see cardiac specialists.
First, knowing if you have risk factors for heart disease is essential. You are considered at high risk for heart disease if your have three or more of these risk
One of the best ways to protect your brain from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia may be to protect your blood vessels. Abundant scientific evidence has made it clear that the brain is highly dependent on a plentiful supply of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood, and ensuring the integrity of the