Heart and Cardiovascular

  1. Pollution damages arteries

    Is the AIR killing you?

    Maybe the summer sun doesn't seem quite so bright... and yet the sunrise and sunset seem more colorful and spectacular than ever.

    Unfortunately, you have only one thing to thank for BOTH those hazy days and those stunning evening colors: pollution.

    More Americans are sucking up more smog than ever, with more than half the nation inhaling sub-quality air with every breath -- and it's become so common that most folks don't even notice it anymore.

    Now, the latest research shows how all that bad air can do bad things inside your body, causing your arteries to age faster and setting the stage for a lifelong battle with heart disease.

    The new study finds folks exposed to high levels of particulate matter from pollution have higher levels of junk building up in the arteries, specifically dangerous calcium deposits.

    That's what causes arteries to harden and choke off the supply of blood -- and it's one of the single biggest risk factors for heart attack and stroke.

    And if you're breathing polluted air, specifically air laden with particulate matter, those calcium deposits build up 20 percent faster than they would under normal circumstances.

    The study also found slight increases in LDL ("bad") cholesterol and triglycerides, and a small drop in HDL ("good") cholesterol after persistent exposure to polluted air.

    Put it all together, and that's a perfect storm for heart risk... and you don't have to live in a big city known for its pollution, like New York or Los Angeles, to face those risks.

    More than half the nation is inhaling air so polluted that it's doing damage inside the body, according to a study I shared just last month.

    So you've got two options.

    You could move somewhere with better air, which isn't a terrible option -- but it's also not terribly convenient, especially if you want to keep close to your friends and family.

    Or you can take smart steps to limit your exposure.

    First, get a quality air purifier for your home with a HEPA filter, and be sure to clean or change it regularly.

    Second, keep an eye on air quality forecasts and consider staying in on days when the ozone levels are high.

    And third, be sure to get plenty of olive oil in your diet. As I shared last year, olive oil can protect against the vascular damage and inflammation caused by pollution, and you can read all about it in this free report from my House Calls archives.

  2. Heart failure survival depends on activity levels

    How to survive heart failure

    I'm not going to sugarcoat it: Heart failure is often a death sentence, as half the folks who have it are dead within five years.

    Today, I'm going to make sure you're not one of them.

    Even if you have this disease... and you've been told to keep 911 on speed dial... and even if you feel you spend more time with doctors lately than with your own family... I'm here to say you can fight this disease.

    And you can WIN.

    You can be part of the other 50 percent -- and the latest research shows one super simple, incredibly safe, highly effective, and completely natural way to add years to your life.

    And the first step... is literally a step!

    Go for a walk. Not only will a little time out under the sun give you a burst of vitamin D and other artery-opening, heart-boosting benefits... but the walk itself is possibly life-changing.

    Heart failure patients who get regular exercise are 18 percent less likely to die prematurely from any cause, and 11 percent less likely to end up in a hospital due to heart problems, according to the analysis of 20 studies.

    Even before heart failure, I bet "exercise" wasn't your favorite word.

    Living with heart failure, you get winded easily... and you probably think exercise is the last thing in the world you're capable of doing.

    But we're not talking about competing for the Ironman championship. You don't even have to take up running or jogging.

    Just walk.

    The folks behind the new study say just walking for 20 or 30 minutes will count if it gets you to breathe a little more heavily (just not so much that you're hurting yourself).

    Of course, talk to your doc before you start any of this -- because he knows your condition better than anyone else and you'll need his blessing before you get any form of exercise, including a walk.

    Once you're outside, that stroll will do more than give you a little heart-pumping exercise.

    It will also expose you to some much-needed daily sunlight, which is good for the body and soul alike -- and will help your body produce essential vitamin D.

    A study I shared with you just last month found that vitamin D can improve heart function in patients with heart failure, boosting the amount of blood sent out with each beat by nearly a third.

    Along with a daily walk and some vitamin D, be sure to get some coenzyme Q10. An analysis of 13 studies found CoQ10 supplements can boost the flow of blood to your heart -- improving function and quite possibly saving your life.

    PS: Confused about sun safety? I've put together a complete guide that answers all your questions and dispels some of the biggest myths... and you'll only find it in this month's edition of my subscription newsletter, Health Revelations.

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  3. Statins won’t help diabetic women avoid atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease

    Statins aren’t as good for the heart as you’ve been told: Older diabetic women who take the meds get no protection at all from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
  4. Silent heart attacks are more common than thought

    Silent heart attacks are much more common than thought as nearly half of all attacks have few symptoms. Here’s how you can tell if you’re having one.
  5. Arteries prematurely age after prolonged use of PPIs

    Medications used to fight acid reflux – known as PPIs – can age the arteries, setting the stage for serious cardiovascular problems.
  6. Multivitamins cut heart risk in men

    Multivitamins aren’t just a great way to start the day. New research finds that over the long run, they can cut the risk of heart problems in men by almost half.
  7. Magnesium may keep heart disease at bay

    Taking a daily magnesium supplement reduced stiffness in the arteries of overweight adults after just six months.
  8. Magnesium can keep arteries healthy

    Magnesium is critical to cardiovascular health, and new research shows how it can keep arteries from getting stiff in the overweight and obese.
  9. Atrial fibrillation after death of spouse

    Atrial fibrillation, a dangerous irregular heartbeat condition, can strike after the loss of a spouse, a new study finds.
  10. Why heart failure patients need vitamin D

    Heart failure is when the heart can’t pump as much blood – but new research shows how vitamin D can help restore some of that ability and improve the condition.
  11. Allergies linked to heart problems

    Allergies will do more than cause sniffles and sneezes. New research shows how hay fever can even cause heart problems!
  12. Arthritis painkillers pack serious heart risks

    Arthritis patients often turn to NSAID painkillers to ease their aching joints, but a new study shows how these drugs can be dangerous for folks with heart problems.
  13. Magnesium can cut blood pressure and fight calcification

    Magnesium can cut your risk of high blood pressure and protect your arteries from damaging calcium deposits.
  14. Nuclear stress test uses too much radiation

    A nuclear stress test is supposed to check the health of your heart… but the way most docs are using them, they could increase your risk of cancer instead!
  15. Basic fitness speeds up heart attack recovery

    A heart attack might not kill you, but the recovery can still be a challenge. New research finds that being fit before an attack can speed recovery afterward.
  16. Depression linked to heart attack and stroke

    Depression alone is miserable enough, but new research finds that the longer you have the condition, the higher your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  17. Heart attack is deadlier in women

    Heart attack could be deadly no matter who it strikes, but new research finds that women are more likely to die than men in the years after having one.
  18. Curcumin can help protect the heart

    Curcumin, the compound in the spice turmeric, can help improve blood flow and protect your heart, according to a new study.
  19. Gout linked to atrial fibrillation

    Gout can do more than cause terrible pain in your toe. It can knock your heart out of rhythm, increasing your risk of atrial fibrillation.
  20. Nuclear stress test often has too much radiation

    The nuclear stress test given so frequently to patients facing heart risk often involves nearly 20 percent more radiation than necessary.

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