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Cardiovascular risk linked not to weight, but to body fat storage

By studying a large cohort of women who had already been through menopause, researchers have found that cardiovascular risk is associated with body shape, which results from how fat is distributed in the body. Existing studies have suggested that a person’s body mass index (BMI), calculated in reference to their total weight and height, is […]

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Climb stairs frequently, for few minutes a day, can help improve heart health

A few minutes of stairs climbing, at short intervals throughout the day, can improve cardiovascular health. These are the findings of a new research from kinesiologists at McMaster University and UBC Okanagan. The findings, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, suggest that virtually anyone can improve their fitness, anywhere, any time. “The […]

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#WorldHeartDay: Having a daytime nap twice a week can help lower risk of heart attack, stroke

The impact of napping on heart health has been hotly contested. Many of the published studies on the topic have failed to consider napping frequency, or focused purely on cardiovascular disease deaths, or compared regular nappers with those not opting for a mini siesta, say the researchers. In a bid to try and address these […]

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Good heart health at age 50 linked to lower dementia risk later in life

The researchers say their findings support public health policies to improve cardiovascular health in middle age to promote later brain health. Dementia is a progressive disease that can start to develop 15-20 years before any symptoms appear, so identifying factors that might prevent its onset is important. The American Heart Association’s ‘Life Simple 7’ cardiovascular […]

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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 […]

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A good night’s sleep can help prevent build-up of plaque in arteries

Fresh evidence suggests that sleep regulates a mechanism that can help to protect arteries from hardening. The finding reinforces the notion that good-quality sleep is important for cardiovascular health. Scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, Massachusetts, together with colleagues from other research centers, studied the development of atherosclerosis in mice. Atherosclerosis is the […]

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Push-up capacity may predict men’s heart disease risk, suggests study

In a study of more than 1,100 male firefighters followed for 10 years, researchers found that the risk of atherosclerosis and of cardiovascular events, such as stroke and heart attack, was 96 per cent lower among men who could do 40 or more push-ups during timed tests compared to the men who could do fewer […]

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Yo-yoing weight linked to higher cardiovascular risk, finds study

Recent research cautions that fluctuating weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events and death. The health measurements include body weight, systolic blood pressure (blood pressure during heartbeats), cholesterol, and blood sugar. Essentially, the investigators wanted to see whether or not high variability of these health measurements […]

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Erectile dysfunction is a major indicator of heart disease

Erectile dysfunction (ED) indicates greater cardiovascular risk, regardless of other risk factors, such as cholesterol, smoking and high blood pressure, according new research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. In the study, which followed more than 1,900 men, ages 60 to 78, over 4 years, those who reported ED were twice as likely […]

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