Heart Health

  • Health Benefits & Risks of Salt
    Many of the top food sources of salt in an American diet might surprise you, according to the results of new research.
  • Health Benefits of Walking | Natural Health Blog
    April 7th is Walk to Work Day, a holiday created expressly to get us up and moving. Find out ways to incorporate more walking into your day!
  • 4/1/2017
     There is a raging debate in the medical community as to the wisdom of forcing cholesterol levels ever lower.
  • Decaf vs Regular Coffee Health Benefits & Risks | Natural Health Blog
    Is decaf better than regular coffee? It’s confusing when considering decaf, which shares some of the advantages of the rocket-fuel variety, but brings problems of its own.  Find the pros and cons of each.
  • Not Exercising as Harmful as Obesity | Natural Health Blog
    Research says that inactivity has a risk similarly to that of obesity for developing heart disease. Exercise is one of the best ways to protect your heart!
  • 10 Ways to Think More Positively | Mental Health Blog
    Outlook can save your life!  A new study revealed that those who maintain a positive outlook have a significantly reduced risk of dying from all the major killers. Find 10 ways to stay more positive! 
  • What Causes Fainting | Natural Health Blog
    Check out three surprising conditions or triggers that can cause you to faint, and how to avoid them!
  • Anemia Linked to Hearing Loss
    Hearing loss is a very common problem, and not just among the elderly. Now it would seem there are other causes as well. New research suggests that one of these contributing factors might be something you’d never suspect: iron deficiency anemia.
  • Mortality Rates Based on City Location | Natural Health Blog
    Most neighborhoods have distinctive mortality patterns, and high-priced neighborhoods typically have lower overall death rates than poorer regions.
  • Younger People Having Strokes | Health Blog
    Bad news: research shows that the average age of occurrence for a first stroke has recently been getting younger.
  • Stress Tests Less Accurate for Women | Health Blog
    A new study found that the treadmill stress test may not correctly predict a woman’s chances of developing cardiovascular disease.
  • Exercising When Angry Increases Heart Attack Risk | Health Blog
    New research suggests that you could triple your risk of heart attack if you exercise while you're angry.
  • Can Low Blood Pressure Cause Heart Attacks? Natural Health Blog
    We all know that high blood pressure is potentially dangerous. But now, new research suggests that when we lower blood pressure a little too much, it may also raise the risk of having a heart attack.
  • No Health Benefits to Venting Anger | Natural Health Blog
    Catharsis is the release of strong or repressed emotions, whether is be crying or anger, for relief. But, is it really good for your health? Find out in this article...
  • Forgiveness Boosts Health | Natural Health Blog
    August 25 is "Kiss and Make Up Day," and August 27 is "Global Forgiveness Day." Turns out letting go of anger and forgiving your enemies may be essential to your health.
  • Health Benefits of Watermelon |  Natural Health Blog
    Today is National Watermelon Day, and there is more than one reason to celebrate! Just a 2 cup serving of watermelon is only 80 calories, but its loaded with vitamins such as vitamin A, key antioxidants such as lycopene, and amino acids such as citrulline.
  • Better CPR from Strong People | Health Blog
    People may have a greater chance of surviving cardiac arrest if the person performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on them is heavier and has greater upper body strength.
  • Natural Remedies Endometriosis | Natural Health Blog
    The risk of heart disease for women diagnosed with endometriosis is especially magnified in those women who are 40 or under.
  • Daylight Saving Time Increases Strokes | Heart Health Blog
    There appears to be a brief window in the days immediately following a daylight saving time transition during which the risk of having a stroke is increased.
  • Health Benefits & Risks of Coffee | Health Blog
    New research finds that coffee does not cause heart palpitations, fluttering, extra beats, or other cardiac irregularities.
  • Allergies Can Affect Heart Health | Natural Health Blog
    Children with allergies or asthma may have up to twice the risk of developing elevated blood pressure levels and high cholesterol.
  • Childhood Stress Leads to Disease | Children's Health Blog
    Emotional distress during childhood may be associated with an increased risk of developing chronic health conditions including cardiovascular disease and diabetes as adults.
  • Your Love Life After A Heart Attack | Natural Health Blog
    Many post-heart attack patients are perfectly safe having sex, and it might even be beneficial to their health as a source of exercise.
  • Meds linked to Heart Attacks | Health Blog
    New research suggests that heartburn medications such as Prevacid, Nexium, and Prilosec may be linked to heart attacks.
  • Vaccine for Hypertension Safe? | Heart Health Blog
    A new hypertension vaccine may one day help eliminate "noncompliance," which refers to patients who don't take their medication or who skip doses regularly.
  • Hand-Grip Strength Linked to Heart Disease | Natural Health Blog
    According to new research, a drop in your ability to grip may be a predictor of future heart disease.
  • Divorce Ups Heart Attack Risk | Natural Heart Health Blog
    Divorced individuals are more likely to suffer a heart attack compared to their peers who stayed married.
  • Cholesterol Does Not Cause Heart Disease | Heart Health Newsletter
    How long will we have to wait before the cholesterol theory of heart disease and the statin drugs that support it are finally buried and no longer able to harm the living?
  • Heart Attack Symptoms Ignored by Younger Women | Health Blog
    Younger women tend to dismiss the signs indicating that they may be having a heart attack.
  • Amount of Sleep Needed | Health Blog
    People who typically sleep for longer than eight hours each night may have an elevated stroke risk compared to those who generally get less sleep.
  • Blueberries Lower Blood Pressure | Natural Health Blog
    There is now evidence of that eating blueberries on a regular basis may help lower blood pressure.
  • Health Effects of Working Long Hours | Health Blog
    Overwork doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke and significantly ups the risk of depression.
  • Increase Use of Statin Drugs -- Health Blog
    Over the last 10 years, the percentage of people across the United States taking statin drugs has risen by nearly one-third.
  • Women Ignore Heart Problems -- Heart Health Blog
    According to new research, women are much more likely than men to shrug off chest pain and other signs of heart disease.
  • 9/16/2014
    Consuming a little fruit every single day has been linked in new research with helping to protect the heart.
  • Why Love Your Neighbor | Top Health Blog
    According to new research, a good relationship with your neighbors may be very good for your heart.
  • 7/12/2014
    New evidence shows that the restaurants we patronize aren't doing enough to make their meals less salty, either, in spite of having made public pledges to do so.
  • 7/3/2014
    According to new research, residing in a place that is conducive to lots of walking means you may be less likely to become obese or develop diabetes.
  • aspirin heart
    This week, in a miracle turnaround, the Food and Drug Administration withdrew its recommendation that all at-risk patients should take an aspirin a day to prevent heart attacks.
  • 4/15/2014
    A new study has found that people who are overweight and have hypertension might be able to improve their blood pressure levels by consuming more watermelon.
  • 4/12/2014
    Despite a recent study, until a verdict can be reached more conclusively, it is probably safer for the majority of us to forgo marathon training in favor of less rigorous and extreme forms of activity.
  • 3/29/2014
    Proposed new guidelines would have 87 percent of all men between the ages of 60-75 on statins, and 53 percent of all women in the same age group.
  • Is coffee good for you?
    It's always thrilling when new research discovers that a favorite treat isn't poison, after all. We've learned that chocolate may actually benefit body and soul, red wine is a must-have for a healthy heart, and coffee delivers a plethora of health advantages along with the caffeine buzz. And now, there's one more pro-coffee study to be pleased about. Investigators from the University of Athens have discovered that coffee can make you live a lot longer, but there's a catch. The coffee has to be boiled, Greek-style.
  • 3/18/2014
    A study conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts found that a flare up of temper may raise the risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke.
  • 3/4/2014
    A recent study has found determined that men and women who have mixed feelings toward their mates may face a greater risk of developing heart disease.
  • sarsaparilla plant
    While it may often be referenced in westerns as a "sissy drink," real sarsaparilla is indeed a valuable herb with many uses, and has likely been used for thousands of years by indigenous tribes of South America.
  • peanut butter on yellow plate with wooden spoon
    Nuts are a very versatile type of food. Whether you sprinkle them on top of a salad for added crunch and flavor, put them in some homemade trail mix to munch on, or add them into the treats you bake, nuts can definitely provide a little extra zest.
  • flax seed with scooper
    Flaxseed is considered by many to be one of the most powerful foods on the planet. According to history, this may have always been the case.
  • bamboo
    While bamboo may still be on the newer side of things here in Western herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine has long known of the many health benefits of bamboo. Its usage as a medical remedy can be traced back to ancient Chinese times. In fact, the Chinese have uses for every part of the bamboo plant.
  • 2/18/2014
    Studies have found that when provided with a heart age rather than a percentage likelihood of developing heart disease, people gain a greater understanding of their risk.
  • 1/25/2014
    Researchers may have discovered the first therapy that specifically targets a key driver of the damage that occurs after a heart attack-- inflammatory immune cells.
  • Stress and Anxiety Increase Stroke Risk | Natural Health Blog
    A new study has found that those individuals with the most stress/anxiety/pressure face a much higher chance of a stroke occurring at some point in the future.
  • An "Apple a Day" is Great for Natural Heart Health | Natural Health Blog
    Eating an apple a day may be more effective at balancing the prevention of cardiovascular disease with the deaths that may result from eating them than taking pharmaceutical drugs.
  • Blood Pressure Guidelines Revamped | Natural Health Blog
    The recommendations for hypertension treatment have been questioned by a committee of scientists who just completed a five-year study of the guidelines currently in use.
  • 12/3/2013
    Regularly consuming nuts may offer some protection from cardiovascular disease and certain cancers and make you less likely to die early.
  • 11/2/2013
    According to a paper published by cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra of the Croyden University Hospital in London, virtually everything the establishment has been advising about cutting fat from the diet and lowering cholesterol is wrong.
  • Too much fitness and exercise
    Some people exercise so much that, according to studies, they might actually be risking their health.
  • 9/16/2013
    Supplementing with pomegranate makes sense if you are looking at cancer prevention, heart health, reducing bad cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and protecting against aging.
  • Coronary Artery Disease is Common and Deadly in Women | Women's Health Blog|
    Women have a higher death rate from coronary artery disease than men and receive less thorough medical care for it than men,
  • 8/12/2013
    Almost everyone loves chocolate but what if you knew dark chocolate had heart health benefits? Would you be more likely to indulge?
  • Fitness and exercise
    Over 80 percent of the US population doesn't do even the minimum amount of exercise recommended by the Health and Human Services Department.
  • Volunteering: natural heart health benefit
    A recent study out of Carnegie Mellon University has found a link between being a committed volunteer and having a lower risk of hypertension, or high blood pressure.
  • Natural heart health
    A new study, just published in the New England Journal of Medicine, concluded that fish oil does nothing to prevent heart disease.
  • 5/10/2013
    In this latest video, Jon Barron discusses the findings of clogged arteries in ancient Egyptian mummies and what the findings implicate for pre-historic diets and the genetics of heart disease.
  • Dangers of Calcium Supplements
    Although researchers are not exactly sure how it does it, ever mounting data indicates that high calcium intake increases the risk heart attacks and death.
  • Balding men
    New research suggests that a man who is losing his hair appears to have a substantially greater risk of having a heart attack…and where that balding is taking place affects the degree of risk.
  • Side effects of statins
    A new study just out reports that almost one-fifth of those patients taking statin drugs end up discontinuing the medications due to side effects.
  • 4/12/2013
    Researchers have found atherosclerosis in one-third of ancient mummies that they have discovered and it's surprising to hear that this is the same rate of the disease as we have in modern times.
  • 3/27/2013
    A study from Denmark shows that for every 10 decibels of traffic noise exposure a person lives with, cardiovascular health risks such as heart attacks increase.
  • 3/23/2013
    A recent study suggests that we might be genetically encoded to have heart disease as we age. But the truth may be more complicated than that.
  • Ancient mummies
    Researchers find atherosclerosis in one-third of ancient mummies. It's the same rate of the disease as we have in modern times.
  • Sleeping disorder
    Insomnia has been linked to a number of health issues, the latest of which is the potential development of heart failure, according to a new study.
  • 2/11/2013
    Not all sound enhances health and happiness in the way that music does. In fact, constant exposure to noise over time can impair health far beyond the obvious issue of possible hearing loss. A few years ago, studies found that airport noise increases the risk of stroke. Other studies have found that the type of quiet background buzz we hear in offices can impair cognitive function. And now, new research has determined that traffic sounds increase heart attack risk, and by a substantial margin.
  • Benefits of a heart healthy diet
    New research has found that even those adults with a previous history of heart disease can stay healthier and slash their risk of dying if they are willing to eat a more nutritious array of foods.
  • High Blood Pressure Measurements Brain Aging
    New research has found that only slightly high blood pressure measurements may lead to declines in cognitive function and brain aging in people who are not even middle aged and show no signs "yet" of any mental difficulties.
  • 11/3/2012
    People who have had strokes experience symptoms such as difficulty or loss of speech, weakness of limbs, and balance difficulties. A recent study on the benefits of yoga conducted (by) the VA Medical Center of Indiana found that yoga can lessen stroke symptoms, especially balance difficulties.
  • 10/25/2012
    Is hormone replacement therapy safe? New research on HRT and whether it increases the risk of numerous diseases is all over the map and downright contradictory.
  • 10/23/2012
    Those people who retain their full ability for chewing food as they reach their golden years are more likely to retain their cognitive functions as well, according to new research out of the Aging Research Center of the Karolinska Institutet and Karlstad University in Sweden.
  • 10/10/2012
    Inflammation is actually a defense mechanism for the body. For injuries, it serves to bathe the injury in healing fluids and acts as a cushion to protect against further injury. However, if the inflammation is prolonged or out of control, it can cause destruction. This is what occurs in arthritis, where the inflammation actually causes the destruction of the joints. Chronic systemic inflammation is involved in a variety of conditions from neurological to degenerative conditions, and is considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
  • 9/23/2012
    A new study from Denmark has found that high amounts of traffic noise exposure can have adverse effects on cardiovascular health. For every 10 decibels of traffic noise, heart attack risk goes up by 12 percent. And the noise doesn't need to be loud or even particularly close to create the negative impact.
  • 8/11/2012
    It seems that doctors at one of the largest medical providers in the nation have been routinely and "knowingly" prescribing unnecessary cardiac surgery on relatively healthy patients for years, in order to boost the bottom line.
  • 6/18/2012
    According to a study just published in the journal CANCER, aspirin and the other commonly used NSAIDS may help protect against skin cancer. But according to another study just published in JAMA, low-dose aspirin use is “significantly” associated with an increased risk of major gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding episodes.  Who is correct and what is the natural alternative?
  • 6/2/2012
    According to a study published in the European Heart Journal, researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have successfully grown new, healthy heart tissue using the skin of elderly heart-failure patients.
  • 5/31/2012
    By looking at the basic anatomy and physiology of the heart from a doctor's perspective, we gain a unique privilege in understanding symptoms of heart disease. We get to evaluate that perspective. Once we understand the underlying basis of medical treatments used to correct heart disease, we can make informed decisions as to which of those alternative health treatments and medications actually make sense for heart disease symptoms...and, more importantly, what alternatives might actually work to improve your cardiovascular health.
  • 5/1/2012
    There is now evidence that predates our type of lifestyle by several millennia showing that man has always suffered from some of the same conditions that plague us today such as arthritis and heart disease.
  • 4/26/2012
    The American Heart Association issued a statement saying that gum disease doesn't necessarily lead to heart problems. A study out of Taiwan, on the other hand, found that older adults cut their risk of heart attack and stroke dramatically by getting regular dental cleanings.
  • 4/23/2012
    Statin therapy should not be recommended for individuals with elevated cholesterol who are otherwise healthy.
  • 4/17/2012
    Deciding which healthy oil to use for the cooking task at hand can be a challenge. Here is a list of the healthiest oils along with their smoke points.
  • 4/17/2012
    A new experimental medication, without the side effects associated with statin drugs, is being touted as a major advancement in lowering LDL, or bad, cholesterol levels.
  • 3/13/2012
    A new study shows that stent surgery was unnecessary and provided no benefit in as many as three-quarters of those who have stable heart disease if medication was provided from the onset of the condition.
  • 3/8/2012
    Recent research has found an association between processed meat and pancreatic cancer risk.
  • 2/29/2012
    Reducing sodium in your diet is important, but knowing what type of sodium to reduce in your diet is more important.  Find out in this podcast how refined salt sneaks into your foods and what other supplements you should be taking to reduce the damage of highly refined salt.
  • 2/18/2012
    According to a study of over 7000 individuals just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), just about every single American -- 90 percent of those over the age of two -- consumes considerably too much sodium.
  • 12/29/2011
    Beans just might be the Rodney Dangerfield of the food world.  To paraphrase the comedian, they just get no respect.  Beans are the butt of many jokes because they have a reputation for causing flatulence.  But new research may be able to set the record straight in defense of the bean: Not all beans are equally gassy, and even those that may cause gas really aren't so bad.
  • 11/28/2011
    A recent study proving that niacin doesn't help prevent heart attacks and strokes actually rips the facade off one of the biggest medical rackets in the world -- statin drugs.
  • 11/24/2011
    A study in 2000 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston following 1,986 heart attack patients found that the risk of having a heart attack quadrupled within two hours of eating a particularly large meal.
  • 11/19/2011
    A recent study has found that those who regularly eat greater quantities of white fruits and vegetables are 52 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than those who eat only a little white produce.
  • 10/22/2011
    New research has found that there is a tick parasite that has been transmitted through blood transfusions appearing in the blood supply. Babesiosis, carried and transmitted by deer ticks throughout the Northeast and northern Midwest United States, is now the most commonly reported infectious agent spread by blood transfusion, according to a study performed by the CDC.
  • 10/15/2011
    New research has found that even just "a little elevation" in blood pressure -- what previously was considered safe -- can increase your risk of stroke.
  • 9/13/2011
    Whatever you do, laugh. One recent study has found that laughing literally opens the blood vessels. A second study found that laughing and music lower blood pressure significantly -- and the benefit continues for months.
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