7 mistakes that can affect your blood pressure reading

Learn what to avoid doing in order to not influence your blood pressure while it is being checked by your doctor

7 mistakes that can affect your blood pressure readingMum’s the word the next time you have your blood pressure checked. Talking while the cuff is on can boost your blood pressure reading. So can a full bladder or crossing your legs, the American Heart Association (AHA) says. “These simple things can make a difference in whether or not a person is classified as […]

Taller people have a higher chance of developing atrial fibrillation

Taller people have an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AFib), an irregular and often rapid heartbeat that can lead to stroke, heart failure and other complications, according to a new Penn Medicine study

Taller people have a higher chance of developing atrial fibrillationThe research, which reveals a strong link between the genetic variants associated with height and one’s risk for AFib, is the among the first to demonstrate that height may be a causal, not correlated, a risk factor for AFib. Researchers found that the risk for AFib climbed as one’s height increased, with every one-inch increase […]

Late evening eating may put women’s heart health at risk

New research adds to mounting evidence and suggests that eating more calories in the evening may negatively affect women’s cardiovascular health

Late evening eating may put women’s heart health at riskEvidence is accumulating that mealtimes can impact cardiometabolic health. One recent study, for example, showed that eating meals earlier in the day can help people lose weight, while eating later in the day may promote weight gain and slow down metabolism. These studies also showed that later mealtimes raise inflammatory markers that are usually associated […]

CPR: Doctors remix classic Bollywood song to save lives

Many lives can be saved if people administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to people in need in the nick of time. But how many people among us are aware of the right technique of performing CPR? Now in order to raise awareness on CPR in an interactive manner, doctors from Thane have come together and have created a CPR video borrowing a tune from a classic Bollywood song. The song teaches us CPR in a step-by-step manner

CPR: Doctors remix classic Bollywood song to save livesIt also portrays the correct technique of performing CPR. And how it could be crucial in saving a life, look at the video to know more. CPR is an emergency technique that combines the use of chest compressions and artificial ventilation to maintain blood supply to the brain. It helps sustain intact brain function until […]

The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk of having a stroke

Men under 50 years old who smoke are 88 per cent more likely to have a stroke than men who never smoked, researchers said. And the more they smoke, the greater their stroke risk, revealed researchers from University of Maryland

The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk of having a strokeWhile smoking has long been associated with the risk of stroke, the study by US researchers has found that men who smoke at least two packs a day are nearly five times at greater risk of stroke than men who have never smoked. The study, published in the research journal Stroke, also found that men […]

Following a heart-healthy diet can help improve sperm quality, finds study

Young men who eat a heart-healthy diet may have better quality sperm than their peers who dine mostly on junk food, a small study suggests

Following a heart-healthy diet can help improve sperm quality, finds studyThe American Heart Association recommends the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet or a Mediterranean-style diet to help prevent cardiovascular disease. Both diets emphasise cooking with vegetable oils, eating nuts, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, fish and poultry, and limiting red meat and added sugars and salt. In the study of 209 […]

Bystanders may hesitate to perform CPR for fear of causing harm, finds study

People who witness a cardiac arrest may be reluctant to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and their reasons shed light on how CPR training and public awareness can be improved, researchers say

Bystanders may hesitate to perform CPR for fear of causing harm, finds studyThe most common reason people gave for being reluctant to perform CPR is worry about causing additional injuries, the researchers report in Emergency Medicine Journal. Other concerns included fearing their skills were inadequate and reluctance to remove a female victim’s shirt. “Bystander CPR is the most important intervention to increase the chance of a good […]

Diabetics who delay treating hypertension have more strokes, heart attacks – warns study

Among people with diabetes who develop high blood pressure, those who delay getting it under control may be more likely to have heart attacks and strokes than their counterparts who manage it promptly, a recent study suggests

Diabetics who delay treating hypertension have more strokes, heart attacks – warns studyResearchers examined data on 43,986 patients with diabetes who started treatment for high blood pressure between 2002 and 2007. People who waited until blood pressure was more elevated to start treatment were 10% more likely to have events like fatal heart attacks and strokes, the study found. “Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a risk factor […]

#WorldHeartDay: Heart risk raised by sitting in front of the TV, not by sitting at work

Sitting for long periods of time has been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and early death, but a new study suggests that not all types of sitting are equally unhealthy

#WorldHeartDay: Heart risk raised by sitting in front of the TV, not by sitting at workThe study, led by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, found that leisure-time sitting (while watching TV), but not sitting at work, was associated with a greater risk of heart disease and death among the study’s more than 3,500 participants. The study also found that moderate-to-vigorous exercise may reduce or eliminate […]

#WorldHeartDay: Here’s what you need to know about heart muscle diseases in children

Cardiomyopathies (heart muscle diseases) in children are the focus of a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association that provides insight into the diagnosis and treatment of the diseases as well as identifying future research priorities. It will be published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation

#WorldHeartDay: Here’s what you need to know about heart muscle diseases in childrenWhen a child has certain types of cardiomyopathy, their heart is not able to pump blood efficiently. Symptoms may include difficulty breathing, heart rhythm abnormalities, dizziness, swollen hands and feet or other indications. Although rare, cardiomyopathies in children can be life-threatening and often result in either a child needing a heart transplant or premature death. […]
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