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10 Common Heart Health Myths Debunked

10 Common Heart Health Myths Debunked

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Many people mistakenly believe a few extra pounds can't hurt, or that saturated fat is bad for them. Discover the 10 most common heart health fallacies and what Dr. Sinatra wants you to know to protect your heart health.

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Winter Survival for Your Body and Mind

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One way to get through the post-holiday winter stretch is to start anticipating and planning your summer vacation time.  If you, like me, enjoy taking time to do something for your mind and body when you travel, I have a great suggestion for you. Consider joining me for a weekend in New England this June...

 

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Is Your Cell Phone Causing Heart Problems?

Is Your Cell Phone Causing Heart Problems?

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Your cell phone could be a real danger to your heart, especially if you have a pacemaker. The microwave frequency of cell phones can interfere with your heart and your pacemaker's electrical wiring. Take a few simple precautions to protect yourself.
 

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

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September is World Alzheimer's Month and it is a good time to be aware of another illness that mimics Alzheimer's and attacks mental function -- vascular dementia. Learn more about this condition and its classic symptoms.
 

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Heart-Felt Lessons from the Olympics

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Seeing the physical exertion that athletes endure to train for the Olympics is awe-inspiring, but it also points out a dangerous health threat—cardiac arrest. What any athlete, and you, can do to avoid the risk.
 

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Filed Under: Heart Attack

Airport Angina: What You Need to Know

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“Airport angina” is a phrase coined to describe heart symptoms of ischemia (lack of oxygen to the heart) provoked by hauling and lifting luggage.  Here's how to keep it from tripping you up.

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Filed Under: Angina

EECP for Cardiovascular Health

EECP for Cardiovascular Health

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Discover Dr. Sinatra's take on enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) therapy for treating angina and congestive heart failure, including how it works and where to seek out a facility that administers EECP. 

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Cordless Phones: New Heart Risk Factor?

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Dr. Magda Havas’ provocation study on cordless phones and heart rate variability is a landmark finding in that it is the first to objectively and measurably show that the cardiovascular system DOES, indeed, respond to wireless EMF exposure. 

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I'm a Hoosier at Heart

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Jan and I love to check out what’s at our local cinema, but what we really relish is to settle in for the night with one of our many favorites. And, for me, Hoosiers tops the list.

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The Heart-Brain Connection

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The largest vessel to emerge from the left ventricle is your aorta, and it has two major arteries—the carotids, which branch and send blood directly to the brain. That's why, when dealing with any arrest of the heartbeat, we know that the brain is the first body organ to feel the pinch in blood flow.

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Filed Under: Circulation

Benefits of Resistance Training

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Rather, resistance training is defined as any exercise that involves contracting your muscles against some form of external resistance—a dumbbell, rubber exercise tubing, or even your own body weight. And, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, the goal of resistance training is “to gradually and progressively overload the musculoskeletal system so it gets stronger.”

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Filed Under: General Health

Don't Lug Your Luggage

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Dr. Sinatra wrote about airport angina in an issue of Heart, Health, and Nutrition years ago. For those of you who missed it, here is a synopsis of his tips for heart patients.

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Rosemary to the Rescue

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Rosemary helps to prevent the buildup of toxic carcinogens in the meats and even contains compounds that prevent skin cancers. It’s also a great antioxidant.

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Avandia and Your Heart

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Whenever there is a whiff of danger about taking a drug—and there is question about an increased risk for both heart attack and heart failure in those taking Avandia—then the potential risks out-trump the benefits. It’s just a no-brainer. Why put yourself in harm’s way if there is even a slight doubt?

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Fight Heart Risk Factors With Nutraceutical Support

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Vitamin and mineral supplements are not substitutes for a proper diet, but even the rare American who eats a balanced diet does not get the amount of nutritionals needed to combat the toxins and heart risk factors that threaten his/her health. This is why it’s critical that you take a quality multivitamin/mineral supplement with antioxidants every day with your meals. It’s just smart cardiovascular nutrition.

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Secondhand Smoke Even Hurts Your Pets

Secondhand Smoke Even Hurts Your Pets

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Cats living with smoking owners have double the rate of feline leukemia, more breathing problems like asthma, and higher rates of oral cancers (when cats lick their smoke-laden fur, grooming themselves delivers toxins to the mouth). Dogs cohabitating with smokers are at risk for lung and nasal cancers.

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