HIV infection may increase heart failure and stroke risk

A Journal of the American Heart Association analysis of information from a large health insurance database reveals that people living with HIV have an elevated risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), particularly heart failure and stroke

HIV infection may increase heart failure and stroke riskThe findings indicate that increased efforts to protect patients’ cardiovascular health are needed. For the study, researchers analysed information on 19,798 people living with HIV and 59,302 age- and sex-matched uninfected individuals who were followed for an average of 20 months. People living with HIV had 3.2-times and 2.7-times higher risks of heart failure and […]

Study finds strong link between air pollution and hypertension

A new study soon to appear in the Journal of Public Health suggests that air pollution and living in apartment buildings may be associated with an increased risk for dangerous conditions like heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes

Study finds strong link between air pollution and hypertensionCardiovascular diseases are a leading cause of death in developing countries. Hypertension and metabolic syndrome are important causes of cardiovascular diseases. Metabolic syndrome is further associated with abdominal obesity, elevated blood pressure, and higher blood glucose levels. These conditions are associated with a higher risk for various health problems. The causes of these disorders are […]

How yoga may enhance heart health

In addition to boosting fitness and easing stress, yoga may also help you embrace a healthier lifestyle

How yoga may enhance heart healthMany people think of yoga mainly as an activity that promotes flexibility and balance. But this ancient tradition also includes breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation. Together, these practices can lead to measurable improvements in factors connected with cardiovascular health, such as lower blood pressure, better sleep, and less artery-damaging inflammation. “There are four distinct but […]

Is yoga heart-healthy? It’s no stretch to see benefits, science suggests

For years, aerobic exercise has been touted for its numerous health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, better mood, increased energy, and stronger bones and muscles. But there’s another form of physical activity that’s grabbing headlines - yoga

Is yoga heart-healthy? It’s no stretch to see benefits, science suggestsSome studies suggest the mind-body practice may be good for heart health, from reducing blood pressure and cholesterol to lowering stress and body mass index. While yoga often is associated with images of limber practitioners, it is more than just stretching and handstands. Originated in India, yoga includes physical poses (asana), breathwork (pranayama) and meditation. […]

#WorldNoTobaccoDay: Smokers at a high-risk of COPD and lung disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive and debilitating lung disease, which means the condition worsens over time. The disease causes coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath

#WorldNoTobaccoDay: Smokers at a high-risk of COPD and lung diseaseVarious factors contribute to COPD, including prolonged exposure to air pollutants and dust. However, cigarette smoking is far and away from the leading cause of the disease. City experts advise that the most effective available treatment for COPD is smoking cessation. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco-related deaths are projected to increase to […]

#WorldNoTobaccoDay: Quitting tobacco is the right way to lead a healthy life

May 31 is observed as World No Tobacco Day. The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2019 is ‘tobacco and lung health,’ focusing on the negative impact that tobacco has on people's lung health and overall well-being

#WorldNoTobaccoDay: Quitting tobacco is the right way to lead a healthy lifeWhile tobacco accounts for the majority of lung cancers, tobacco chewing and smoking cause other cancers as well including those of mouth, tongue, windpipe and food pipe. While many efforts have been made to reduce the consumption of tobacco, we still see a large number of youngsters in the grip of this deadly habit. A […]

Indians should wary of smoking as they genetically have smaller arteries

On the occasion of the World No Tobacco Day, the Asian Heart Institute doctors share their insight on the threats of tobacco to heart and suggest measures to reduce them

Indians should wary of smoking as they genetically have smaller arteriesThe World Health Organisation’s (WHO) research states that tobacco causes almost three million deaths from cardiovascular diseases every year worldwide. While tobacco usage is known to be the leading single preventable cause of deaths worldwide, developing countries like India tend to be increasingly prone to this threat. India accounts for 60% of the world’s heart […]

Know how air pollution affects your heart

Excessive air pollution is associated not only with respiratory diseases like bronchitis, asthma and lung cancer, but also cardiovascular diseases. Recent studies show that air pollution behaves akin to cigarette smoke. In addition, air pollution is also associated with chronic lifestyle disease like hypertension and diabetes

Know how air pollution affects your heartMajor Indian metropolitan cities are reeling under the effects of severe air pollution, euphemistically called ‘smog’, this phenomenon occurs every year during winter. This has deleterious effects not only on the respiratory system, but as recent studies show, also on the cardiovascular health of people living in urban areas. Excessive air pollution is associated not […]

How lack of sleep harms circulation

Scientists have long been aware of the relationship between insufficient sleep and poor cardiovascular health. However, exactly how the lack of adequate sleep can harm circulation has remained unclear. A new study now uncovers some of the potential mechanisms

How lack of sleep harms circulationOne aspect of health that a person’s quality of sleep can influence is cardiovascular health. For example, research findings from the start of this year showed that sleeping for less than 6 hours per night rather than for 7–8 hours could increase a person’s risk of atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up inside […]

Stress from work, home can harm women’s hearts – caution doctors

Even with supportive spouses, many women still find themselves helping the kids with homework and cleaning up household messes, often while scrambling to make dinner after a 10-hour workday filled with deadlines and challenging colleagues

Stress from work, home can harm women’s hearts – caution doctorsAll that stress could put women at higher risk than men for having a stroke or developing diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions, according to a growing number of studies. If women expect to continue to take care of their loved ones, they must first take care of themselves, said Dr Gina Lundberg, medical […]
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