Heart Rate

5 Surprising Heart Disease Risk Factors

…a cascade of hormones that have profound impacts on the body. Depression, for example, has been associated with the following: * Higher resting heart rate * Impaired vagal tone (vagal tone is a nervous system response that affects an individual’s ability to soothe him- or herself; those with better…

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The SA Node: An Intrinsic Heart Pacemaker

…responsibility to stimulate each and every heart beat for a lifetime. Not even a lunch break for the SA node! The SA node normally "fires" an impulse between 60 and 100 beats per minute (bpm). Heart rates over the "intrinsic" or "built in" rate of each heart pacemaker are generally referred to as tachycardias—…

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Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally by Drinking Water

…I want you to get the health benefits of drinking water, I don't want you to go overboard. Like a sponge, your body can absorb water at a limited rate. It will require some time to adapt to your new level of water intake and become fully hydrated. Drinking too much water, more than the 96 ounces per…

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Measuring the Heart Rate-Brain Connection

…or a family member, I watched as emotions definitely affect cardio-dynamics. And I observed, while measuring heart rates, as emotions even affected cardiac arrhythmias. Measuring Heart Rate, Emotions Luckily, more recent scientific investigation into the relationship between the autonomic nervous system…

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Do You Need a Heart Pacemaker?

Last month, a colleague told me her 72-year-old dad was getting a heart pacemaker. It came as a shock, since he was fit, spry and an avid cyclist. His heart rate had always been low, but over time it had dropped to just 33 beats per minute (BPM), which he and his doctor attributed to his fitness. It…

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Job Stress Can Increase Your Heart Attack Risk

…for the same pay. The heart attack rate for them was a phenomenon I will never forget. Why Does Stress Increase Your Heart Attack Risk? When you’re faced with a stressful situation, your body released adrenaline which raises your blood pressure and increases your heart rate and breathing. If true…

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5 Tips for Heart-Healthy and Enjoyable Summer Travel

…of my best advice for healthy summer travel. * Before packing your bags, if you have a heart condition and have had a stress test ask your cardiologist for information on your “angina threshold” or the rate pressure product (RPP) at which you developed your angina on that test. The RPP can be used…

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Recognizing a Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia

…most people aren’t familiar with the cardiology term heart rate variability, or respiratory sinus arrhythmia, it plays a big role in evaluating the heart and determining your risk for future cardiac events. As you probably know, your heart rate is not fixed. It fluctuates with physical activity and…

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Benefits of Yoga: A Powerful Exercise for Your Heart

heart health are about the breath work involved with yoga. The Secret to Yoga for Heart Health Comes from the Slow, Deep Breaths The slow, deep breathing used in yoga helps to: * Calm and relax your body and mind * Relax the arterial walls * Low blood pressure * Slow your heart rate * Enhance your heart

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Diabetes and Heart Disease

…that the death rate of people in the U.S. with diabetes has dropped substantially. Plus, the number of people with diabetes and heart disease has dropped as well, but is still much higher than those who don’t have diabetes. Facts About Diabetes and Heart Disease * The most common heart problem that diabetes…

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The Worst Cooking Oil and More Heart-Healthy Cooking Tips

…sugar—not cholesterol—is the real villain when it comes to heart disease. Naturally, that begs the question about foods you can eat and which foods you should avoid. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions I receive on heart-healthy cooking. What is the best oil to use in cooking—coconut…

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Dark Chocolate Can Be Part of a Heart-Healthy Diet

…chocolate helped to lower blood pressure naturally. The other surprise was they reported no increase in heart rate with chocolate consumption, once again confirming the benefits of dark chocolate for heart health. Plus, Dark Chocolate Lowers the Risk of Cardiometabolic Disorders British researchers in Paris…

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Grief Can Increase Your Heart Attack Risk

…disease as the prime culprit. In fact, heart issues were responsible for a 20 to 53 percent increased risk in mortality after the loss of a spouse. Why does bereavement increase the risk of cardiac events? It’s because losing a loved one can cause your heart rate to skyrocket and blood pressure to rise…

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Open Your Heart to Gratitude and Love

…gratitude and appreciation. The HeartMath research confirms that states of appreciation (gratitude) actually do touch the heart, and improve heart rate variability. Their Freeze Frame and Heart Lock In techniques are approaches I personally use and recommend to patients, friends, and family. I will discuss these…

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Yoga for Heart Health: Why It's Powerful Medicine

…supervised program of yoga for heart health, which included meditation, breathing exercises, and relaxation. The yoga experience was new to all the participants. The participants wore heart rate monitors to measure their heartbeats throughout the trial—and yoga for heart health beat other forms of exercise…

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Are Teenagers Setting Themselves Up for Heart Disease?

…can contribute to heart disease. Plus, like regular cigarettes, hookah can cause lung cancer later in life. In fact, an epidemiological study conducted by a researcher at the American Cancer Society, found that who smoked water pipes experienced lung cancer at five times the rate of non-smokers. This…

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