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AM - Shift work raises risk of heart attacks 28/07/2012

A study published in the British Medical Journal has found shift workers have higher chances of suffering from a heart attack or a stroke Working shifts has previously been linked to other health pr...

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2 Tests May Improve Heart Patients' Care, Studies Suggest

2 Tests May Improve Heart Patients' Care, Studies Suggest | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

Doctors are always looking for better ways to predict who will have a heart attack, especially in people who have an intermediate risk of heart disease. Now, studies have compared some available tests and found just one that was significantly better than the others: coronary artery calcium scans.

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Blood Pressure Measurement – things you might not know

Blood Pressure Measurement – things you might not know | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
How is your blood pressure measured?  The blood flow to the arm is cut off, as the cuff slowly decreases the pressure the systolic – the top number is the pressure of the blood flowing throug...
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Healing the Broken Heart

Healing the Broken Heart | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Healing the broken heart was shared with me by a patient I have known and worked with for years. She is a Women Heart advocate and an inspiring voice to heart disease. What have you done for your h...
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Heart Patients and High Heat and Humidity

Heart Patients and High Heat and Humidity | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Summer time is here! Most of us welcome the heat, however heart patients have to be cautious. When the heat and humidity rise so does the incidents of heart problems. If the heart muscle has limite...
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Re building the chest and back muscles after surgery

Re building the chest and back muscles after surgery | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Once you have your weight restrictions from bypass surgery lifted (and your physician’s permission)  it is time to build back the muscles you lost from surgery. The muscles are weak from the ...
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Cardiovascular Inflammation Reduction Trial

Cardiovascular Inflammation Reduction Trial | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

CIRT is a major new randomized trial sponsored by the US National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. CIRT will directly test whether a common anti-inflammatory drug used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (low dose methotrexate) can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular death in patients who have suffered a prior heart attack.

=> Why worry about inflammation? Inflammation plays a major role in heart attack and stroke. While inflammation is as important as cholesterol and high blood pressure, no clinical trial has tested whether reducing inflammation can reduce rates of these life-threatening disorders.

=> Who is eligible for CIRT? Men and women who have suffered a prior heart attack and who have either type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome, two conditions associated with a pro-inflammatory response, are eligible to be screened for CIRT.


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Weight Training Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Men

Weight Training Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Men | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

Take Home Message: Physicians have recommended a MINIMUM of 150 minues of exercise weekly for diabetic risk reduction but the role resistance training or weight lifting is not certain.  In this study, weight training was associated with a significantly lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM), independent of aerobic exercise. Combined weight training & aerobic exercise conferred a greater benefit.

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Association of weight training with risk of T2DM in US men & to assess the influence of combining weight training and aerobic exercise, a prospective cohort study of 32 002 men from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study from 1990-2008. Weekly time spent on weight training & aerobic exercise (including brisk walking, jogging, running, bicycling, swimming, tennis, squash, and calisthenics/rowing) was obtained from questionnaires at baseline and biennially during follow-up. 

During 508 332 person-years of follow-up (18 years)

=> 2278 new cases of T2DM

=> dose-response relationship: increasing time spent on weight training or aerobic exercise and lower risk of T2DM (P < .001 for trend)

=> Engaging in weight training or aerobic exercise for at least 150 minutes per week was independently associated with a lower risk of T2DM of 34% (95% CI, 7%-54%) and 52% (95% CI, 45%-58%), respectively.

+> Men who engaged in aerobic exercise & weight training for at least 150 minutes per week had the greatest reduction in T2DM risk (59%; 95% CI, 39%-73%)


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Ginger Extract Could Help Control Diabetes | Medindia

Ginger Extract Could Help Control Diabetes | Medindia | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it


In long-term diabetic patients, ginger helps increase glucose uptake, say researchers.

A new report reveals the potential power of ginger to control blood glucose by using muscle cells. Ginger extracts were able to increase the uptake of glucose into muscle cells independently of insulin, says Basil Roufogalis, professor of pharmaceutical chemistry, University of Syndey, who led the study.

"This assists in the management of high levels of blood sugar that create complications for long-term diabetic patients, and may allow cells to operate independently of insulin," says Roufogalis, the journal Planta Medica reports.

"The components responsible for the increase in glucose were gingerols -- the major phenolic components of the ginger rhizome. Under normal conditions, blood glucose level is strictly maintained within a narrow range, and skeletal muscle is a major site of glucose clearance in the body," says Roufogalis, according to a Sydney statement.

Read more: Ginger Extract Could Help Control Diabetes | Medindia http://www.medindia.net/news/ginger-extract-could-help-control-diabetes-105194-1.htm#ixzz23iHAh0md


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Family history foretells early heart disease - Chicago Tribune

Family history foretells early heart disease - Chicago Tribune | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Family history foretells early heart diseaseChicago Tribune(Reuters) - If you have a relative who died of heart disease before age 60, your own risk of early heart trouble is higher as well, a study involving millions of people in Denmark over...
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Seniors credit their vitality to fitness class - HeraldNet

Seniors credit their vitality to fitness class - HeraldNet | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Seniors credit their vitality to fitness classHeraldNetEnriqueta Ruiz (left), Sally Soderman and Ida McCutchen take part in the Enhance Fitness class on Wednesday taught by Vicki Cairns at the Carl Gipson Senior Center in Everett.
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Over-exercising on the rise

Over-exercising on the rise | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Health experts say the obsessive disorder in causing serious injury...

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Kirk Fontaine's comment, August 20, 2012 12:07 PM
According to this article, this is on the rise and of course moderation applies here as in life,maximize your Ying yang and try to keep balance in all areas of your life ,challenging as it may be
Peter Mellow's comment, August 20, 2012 9:18 PM
Good point Kirk, maintaining some perspective on your training volume is very important. Sadly some people get carried away and start moving toward the "more is better" end of the spectrum.
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Effects of Exercise Training on Depressive Symptoms in Patients With Chronic Heart FailureThe HF-ACTION Randomized TrialExerci...

Compared with guideline-based usual care, exercise training resulted in a modest reduction in depressive symptoms, although the clinical significance of this improvement is unknown.


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What Activities are Safe after Heart Problem?

What Activities are Safe after Heart Problem? | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Initially your doctors and nurses give you activity guidelines for early discharge from the hospital. Within a few days or weeks however, you start to ask can I do this? Or you do something and a f...
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Stretching your upper body following open heart surgery

Stretching your upper body following open heart surgery | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
If you just had your chest recently surgically opened, the last thing you want to think about is stretching, but after time it becomes very important. You may not physically remember the pain of su...
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Yoga for Heart Patients

Yoga for Heart Patients | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Yoga is a form of exercise that allows you to build strength, flexibility and develop specific breathing patterns that are beneficial with activity. For heart patients it is essential that you star...
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Returning to Exercise Following Illness

Returning to Exercise Following Illness | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
If you have been exercising regularly and get sick it is important you return back to activity gradually. During my time working in Cardiac Rehabilitation when a patient had problems frequently the...
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Stress – Tools to help you Cope

Stress – Tools to help you Cope | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
When you get overwhelmed by the stresses that life throws at you how do you cope? Many people find they just don’t have good coping skills. They tend to obsess on the problem,  let it effect ...
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Your Car as Your Doctor

Your Car as Your Doctor | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

Ford is developing a car seat capable of monitoring drivers’ ECG to provide real-time health information and alerts of imminent cardiovascular issues such as a heart attack or arrhythmias.

My comment=> The technology is evolving rapidly.  How this will compete with or integrate with mobile devices and wearable monitoring devices remains to be seen.  The auto industry has had reasonable commercial success integrateing technology for entertainement purposes and also new safety technologies.  This health monitoring approach seems like a commercial gimmick, but might help sell cars.  i can envision the marketing of the speeding car with tachometer and heart rate monitor displayed side by side.


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My month with a diabetes coach

My month with a diabetes coach | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

Allison Blass (@amblass) writes: 

 

'I never thought I needed a life coach or health coach, but while writing last month’s post on diabetes coaches, friend and fellow #PWD Ginger Vieira (@GIngerVieira) kindly offered me a one-month trial to experience what it’s really like working with one. Intrigued, I decided to take her up on her offer.

 

For the past four weeks, I’ve been having calls with Ginger once a week and exchanging occasional text messages, to take a look at the challenges I have in managing my diabetes and to brainstorm some solutions for what I can do differently. We just completed our fourth (and for now, last) call and while I haven’t lost more than a couple of pounds, I definitely have a renewed “I can do this!” attitude toward my diabetes.

 

I shook up my diabetes management this past Spring when I switched from the pump to Lantus (yep, I’m still on a pump vacation), but I hadn’t spent much time thinking about the other areas of my life that affect my diabetes. That’s where Ginger came in...'


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Women's Health: Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders ...

Women's Health: Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders ... | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER! ... Many of these challenges, such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, are common in many groups of U.S.
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First operation of implant for heart failure due - Halifax Evening Courier

First operation of implant for heart failure due - Halifax Evening Courier | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.ukFirst operation of implant for heart failure dueHalifax Evening CourierA new “gadget” to treat heart failure was widely reported in the media today, with the Daily Express claiming that the implant could “revolutionise the treatment...
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Heart Failure Matters - Living With Heart Failure - Activity and exercise

Heart Failure Matters - Living With Heart Failure - Activity and exercise | Heart diseases and Heart Conditions | Scoop.it

Any mild physical activity is beneficial for the majority of people with heart failure. Exercise can help you feel better in general


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