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Is Your Heart, or Smoking, Affecting Your Memory?

…your heart. Researchers at the King’s College London just released new findings showing that high blood pressure, severe stroke risk factors, and smoking can impede cognitive function and memory. For their study, the researchers analyzed results from the Framingham study and English Longitudinal Study…

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5 Top Heart Health Mistakes

…precipitate coronary arterty spasm, as well life-threatening arrhythmias that all too often result in sudden cardiac death. If you smoke, do everything you can to stop smoking and preserve good heart health. Heart Health Mistake #2: Eating Trans-Fats. These killer fats are associated with increased free…

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Recognizing a Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia

…cardiac death that is independent of all the other usual American Heart Association heart risk factors, such as age, chronic hypertension, diabetes, smoking and so on. Electropollution and Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia A lot of people have poor respiratory sinus arrhythmia. Medications, such as alpha blocking…

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Secondhand Smoke Hurts Your Pets

…still smoking. The handout is entitled “Secondhand Smoke and Your Pets,” written by Mardi Richmond and published by California-based Journeyworks Publishing. Even I was astounded at the message in the brochure. As a longtime pet owner, I just hadn’t given much thought to what second hand smoke could…

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Are Teenagers Setting Themselves Up for Heart Disease?

…light or occasional smoking or inhaling secondhand smoke 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…

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A Healthy Lifestyle (Almost) Eliminates Sudden Cardiac Death

…have been followed for decades. A Healthy Lifestyle that Reduces the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death Includes: * Not smoking. Smoking causes sludgy, viscous, and inflamed blood. Stopping smoking can improve your heart health, tremendously. * Avoiding an overweight body mass index (higher than 25). * Doing…

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The 10 Most Common Heart Health Fallacies

…non-metabolized sugar calories as fat. So be sure to scour package labels for the sugar content. 3. Smoking has some virtues. Even after they had a heart attack, some of my patients continued to smoke. They had all kinds of excuses to justify their behavior, such as “it relaxes me,” “it takes the…

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“But I’m Too Young to Have a Heart Attack…”

…Whether you walk, dance, or play a sport, you want to get at least 30 minutes of activity a day. * If you smoke, quit. Sage Stallone was not alone in smoking a couple of packs daily. Smoking is hard on the heart because it slowly pushes up blood pressure at the same time that it encourages blood to…

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The 14 Most Dangerous Toxins to the Heart

…search “mold.” 6. Cigarettes. Each puff contains thousands of compounds you don’t want in your body. So to detoxify your body, you want to stop smoking. 7. Soft drinks. These drinks contain too much sugar or artificial sweeteners that cause inflammation, plus phosphoric acid that leaches calcium out…

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6 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Bone Health

…intake to three glasses of wine per week. Alcohol, like caffeine, can deplete calcium, harming bone strength. 6. Cigarette Smoking—The data on smoking indicate that it doubles the risk of osteoporosis and hip fracture, two major impediments to bone health . Now it’s your turn: Are you avoiding these…

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Can Your Social Ties Protect You from Heart Disease?

…(an extended network of social support). It was also noted back then that smoking and lack of social support were the two leading risk factors for developing coronary artery disease in this group. That's interesting since smoking and hypertension are the two prominent risk factors for women. After years…

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Why Your Lung Health Affects Your Heart

…threat to our lung health is our toxic environment. So, the first step as Drew emphasizes is to limit your exposure to auto emissions, smoke (including secondhand smoke) and other air pollutants. You may also want to get a good quality air purifier for your home, and especially the bedroom. For lung health…

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

…help to prevent and treat VaD by reducing your risk for stroke including: * Keep your blood pressure and blood sugar in the normal range. * Avoid smoking and only drink alcohol in moderation. * Take 1–3 grams of fish oil daily. * For women over 65, take 100 mg of aspirin (equivalent to 1.25 baby aspirin…

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Measuring Your HDL Cholesterol Level

…learning—and need to learn more yet. In the meanwhile, I urge you to do what you can to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. That would include not smoking, exercising regularly, and adhering to a good cholesterol-lowering diet. For more information about cholesterol screening guidelines and other tips…

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Heart Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

…improve memory. Incorporating the Health Benefits of Coconut Oil Into Your Diet * Use it for cooking. Just remember not to heat it to the point of smoking. Any oil, including coconut oil, can produce toxic byproducts when overheated. Another way is to eat coconut or coconut products every day. * Mix it…

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5 Foods to Eat (or Avoid) for Healthy Aging

…), which are critical for brain function and energy production. You can use coconut oil for cooking (just remember not to heat it to the point of smoking) and mix it with olive oil in your salads or serve over steamed vegetables. Given all of its immense benefits, I’ve also included coconut oil in…

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Could Losing Weight Work as Well as a Statin?

As you know, I’ve found that inflammation—not cholesterol—is the real smoking gun in heart disease. Recently, a team of researchers, including the doctor who first linked heart disease to inflammation, has shown that weight loss in overweight or obese individuals reduces inflammation. Specifically…

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