Knowing your heart’s calcium score can save your life

heart calcium scoreCoronary Heart Disease (CHD—also known as Coronary Artery Disease) is caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries to your heart. Why does that matter? We’ll cut right to the chase. CHD is the leading cause of death among American men and women. It’s serious business.

And now, new findings from the Framingham Heart Study of the National Institutes of Health reveal that nearly half of all coronary deaths affect people with no history of heart disease symptoms. Continue reading

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2 daily cups of coffee good for health, says AHA

A new analysis, published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Heart Failure, reviewed five studies conducted between 2001 and 2011 on the health benefits of daily coffee drinking. It included a total of 140,220 patients.

From CNN Health:

“Heart failure shares risk factors with other cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes are particularly strong risk factors for heart failure,” explains Elizabeth Mostofsky, the first author of the analysis and a post doctoral research fellow at the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

“We think coffee is lowering the risk for diabetes, which is lowering the risk for heart failure.”

Remember: two cups equates to 16 total ounces. Drinking more than four cups per day appears to cancel out the positive benefits of coffee drinking. The study did not factor in caffeinated and decaffeinated, how strong the coffee was, and what it was doctored with.

The AHA recommendation is that individuals with heart failure should drink no more than 16 ounces of caffeinated beverages per day.

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Ask the Cardiologist: What are the symptoms of heart attack?

Dr. Maciej Malinski is on the medical staff at Sherman Hospital. He has been kind enough to answer some frequently asked questions related to maintaining a healthy heart in his Ask the Cardiologist series. To see all posts Dr. Malinski has written, just type “Ask the Cardiologist” into the search bar on the right.

Q: I just had a vibration in my chest, like a cell phone buzzing. Is this a sign of heart attack? What are the others? Continue reading

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Happy People, Healthy Hearts

In an ideal world, everyone would be full of happiness and on cloud nine every day of their lives. If this were the case, according to reports, there would be more healthy hearts than there would be unhealthy hearts. This is especially true for individuals who are at risk for heart attack and stroke.

The Harvard School of Public Health recently discussed in one of their newly published reviews that character traits such as optimism and happiness were connected to a reduction of heart and vascular risk.

Out of the people who had previously established a risk for heart disease, those who were seen as more optimistic had less of a chance to suffer from a heart attack or stroke than those individuals who were less optimistic.

Julia K. Boehm, PhD, a Harvard research fellow, stated the following:

“Historically, studies have focused on the negative impact of depression and anxiety. We wanted to look at the flip side to see how psychological well being — things like happiness, optimism, and having a sense of purpose — might impact [heart disease and stroke] risk.”

Great news, right? But the big question remains: how do people who are not naturally happy people change their outlook on life in order to improve their health? Well, there are many things you can try, but start with this one simple process: A positive attitude leads to productivity, which yields happiness and a healthier heart.

Want more healthy heart tips? Read our blogging cardiologist, Dr. Malinski, and his popular Ask the Cardiologist series.

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Estimate: 100,000 die annually from effects of trans fats

From Food Consumer

Although there are various types of heart disease, coronary heart disease is considered to be the dominant condition in the United States. It also happens to be one of our country’s leading causes of death.

Coronary heart disease is a condition in which the arteries are blocked by plaque, which is formed by a variety of substances. These substances include, but are not limited to, cholesterol and calcium. So how do we limit this plaque buildup? Walter C. Willett, MD, Harvard School of Public Health, has this advice: Continue reading

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Terrific feedback from a Cardiac/Home Care patient’s wife

I spoke to the patient’s wife and she couldn’t stop Thanking everyone for the wonderful care provided from the Cardiac floor to Home care. She said everyone was excellent with the care provided. All the nurses and staff were very good. She also stated that Barb from Home care is very caring.

One of the patient’s relatives was going to have open heart surgery at St. Joseph but because of this great care from Sherman, she recommended she to go to Sherman Hospital for the surgery.

Thanks!
Isabel Terrado/Rn
Discharge Caller

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Palpitations May Signal Future Heart Rhythm Problem

heart palpitationFrom US News & World Report

Heart palpitations and high blood pressure put people at high risk for atrial fibrillation. AF is an abnormal electrical activity in the upper chambers of the heart, and those who have it have increased risk of death from heart attack and stroke.

Learn more about AF from Dr. Malinski

A new Scandinavian study that observed a wide range of men and women recently revealed its findings. Continue reading

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