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Study finds strong link between air pollution and hypertension

Cardiovascular 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 […]

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How yoga may enhance heart health

Many 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 […]

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

Some 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. […]

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

Various 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 […]

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

While 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 […]

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Indians should wary of smoking as they genetically have smaller arteries

The 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 […]

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Air pollution may impact foetal cardiovascular system, says study

Know how air pollution affects your heart

Major 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 […]

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

All 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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Stress, insomnia may triple death risk for those with hypertension

Recent research looked at how stress and insomnia affected the health of employees who have hypertension, and the news was sobering. The researchers found that in comparison with their peers who slept well and did not experience work-related stress, hypertensive employees with stress and insomnia were three times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease. […]

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