Brief, Intense Exercise Helps Heart

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in those who have type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Several changes in the structure and function of the left ventricle occur prior to any overt cardiac disease. A small, study of T2DM patients without overt heart disease who did not exercise were randomized to a cycling program 3 times per…

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Exercise Can Protect Against a Broken Heart

Coronary artery disease is a major cause of death around the globe. When the arteries supplying blood to the heart muscle become blocked damage occurs. This is known as a heart attack. Fortunately, there is a simple countermeasure that is known to protect the heart--regular physical activity! Exercise-induced cardioprotection is gained in just a few weeks,…

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Alcohol Not So Heart Healthy

It's been reported that light to moderate alcohol drinking may improve heart health. A massive multi-center study involving 155 researchers and 260,000 people may overturn that thinking. People who drank 17% less enjoyed an average 10% less risk of coronary heart disease and had lower blood pressure and BMI. Light drinkers who reduced their drinking…

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Cardiovascular Events and Cannabis Use

A small, 5-year French study of cannabis-related reports of adverse events found an association with cardiovascular complications. The death rate was 25.6% and the average age was 34 years old. This is difficult to study because of the extreme variation in THC concentrations, the frequent use of other drugs, and the lack of strong control…

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Blood Vessel Damage from Secondhand Smoke

Those who do not smoke can suffer impaired blood vessel function with as little as 30 minutes of exposure to secondhand smoke. Researchers used concentrations similar to those encountered in real-life circumstances. This study reinforces the danger smokers pose to other people, let alone their own health.PositiveTip: Support efforts to ban smoking in all public…

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Is Chocolate Heart-Healthy?

A meta-analysis of seven observational studies with 115,000 adult participants compared the lowest level of chocolate consumption with the highest intakes. Those eating the most had nearly a one-third decrease in risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. The authors caution that most forms of chocolate contain high amounts of fat and sugar, and more esperimental…

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