How much coffee is too much for the heart?

For many people, coffee is the magical brew that kickstarts the day, a much-needed pick-me-up in the afternoon, and sometimes even a well-appreciated digestive after dinner. However, how much coffee is too much? A large new study claims to hold the answer

How much coffee is too much for the heart?Whatever it is that draws people to coffee, be it its taste and aroma or effects as a stimulant, it is undeniable that this is one of the world’s most popular beverages. Many recent studies have suggested that drinking coffee can bring a number of benefits in addition to enhancing focus and productivity. In fact, […]

DASH diet reduced heart failure risk ‘by almost half’ in people under 75

Sticking to a plant-rich diet that can reduce high blood pressure may also lower the risk of heart failure in people under the age of 75

DASH diet reduced heart failure risk ‘by almost half’ in people under 75This was the conclusion of a study that a team at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, led to assess the impact of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan on heart failure. They report their findings in a paper that now features in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The […]

Supplement for joint pain linked to lower heart disease risk, finds study

Supplements commonly used to treat arthritic pain and stiffness may be related to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a study published in the British Medical Journal on Tuesday. Researchers found that glucosamine use was associated with a 15% lower risk of cardiovascular disease

Supplement for joint pain linked to lower heart disease risk, finds studyGlucosamine supplements, better known as a remedy for joint pain, may lower a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), research suggests. The findings in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) come from nearly half a million people in the UK. Almost one in five of the 466,039 participants said they took glucosamine. Users were less likely […]

Risk of heart complications increases for sleep apnoea patients post-surgery

According to a new study published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), patients who have severe obstructive sleep apnoea have a significantly higher risk of complications related to their heart in the first 30 days after major surgery

Risk of heart complications increases for sleep apnoea patients post-surgeryPeople having surgery may be more likely to experience cardiovascular problems afterward when they have a common night-time breathing disorder known as sleep apnoea, a study suggests. Compared to patients without apnoea, people with severe apnoea were more than twice as likely to die of heart complications or experience serious cardiac events like heart attacks […]

Stressed at work and trouble sleeping? You’re at a high risk for heart disease

A new study has reinforced the belief that work-related stress and impaired sleep could be directly associated with raised blood pressure and risk of death due to heart disease

Stressed at work and trouble sleeping? You’re at a high risk for heart diseaseWork stress and impaired sleep are linked to a threefold higher risk of cardiovascular death in employees with hypertension. That’s the finding of research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Study author Professor Karl-Heinz Ladwig, of the German Research Centre for Environmental Health […]

Adding blueberries to your diet can slash heart disease risk by 20%

New research zooms in on the cardiovascular effects of blueberries and finds that anthocyanins, the phytochemicals that give blueberries their colour, mediate the beneficial effects that this fruit has on the cardiovascular system

Adding blueberries to your diet can slash heart disease risk by 20%Health experts recommend that people with high blood pressure stay in control of the condition by eating healthfully, exercising, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight. But should you eat anything in particular to keep your arteries healthy? In a previous Spotlight feature, we rounded up 16 foods that studies have suggested can improve cardiovascular […]

Just 20 minutes of exercise may offset the health effects of sitting down all day

A study led by researchers at the University of Sydney suggests that engaging in physical activity for around 20 to 40 minutes a day could offset the mortality risks associated with high levels of sedentary behaviour

Just 20 minutes of exercise may offset the health effects of sitting down all dayLead author Emmanuel Stamatakis and colleagues found that sitting was associated with an increased risk for death among the least active individuals. However, this risk could be reduced or even eliminated by engaging in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) at currently recommended levels. “In our study, sitting time was associated consistently with both overall premature mortality […]

Physical activity may eliminate mortality risk caused by too much sitting

Recent studies have determined that high levels of sedentary behaviour are associated with adverse health outcomes. However, the link between sedentary behaviour, mortality and heart disease are not always well understood

Physical activity may eliminate mortality risk caused by too much sittingFor less active adults, the amount of time spent sitting may be associated with an increased risk of death; however, increasing physical activity to recommended levels may eliminate this association in some, according to a study published today in the annual cardiovascular health promotion issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. In […]

Low levels of ‘bad cholesterol,’ may actually increase stroke risk in women

A recent study warns that women with low levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, sometimes called ‘bad cholesterol,’ may face an increased risk of bleeding stroke

Low levels of ‘bad cholesterol,’ may actually increase stroke risk in womenNew research from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, has found that women with LDL levels below 100 mg/dl may actually be more at risk of haemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke. This type of stroke, though less common than an ischemic stroke, is harder to treat and thus more dangerous to […]

Even moderate alcohol consumption increases stroke risk, finds study

Some research has suggested that drinking alcohol in moderation could have protective effects against stroke. However, a large cohort study in a Chinese population shows that this is not the case at all

Even moderate alcohol consumption increases stroke risk, finds studyWe know that alcohol consumption can impact our health in many ways, but some researchers have debated whether the amount and the frequency of consumption could have a bearing on whether drinking is better or worse for health. Certain studies, such as one published in 2016 in the journal BMC Medicine, have even suggested that […]
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