Alcohol, caffeine are common triggers of irregular heart rhythm

The most common triggers of atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that’s a leading cause of stroke, are avoidable behaviours like drinking alcohol or coffee, a recent study suggests.

Alcohol, caffeine are common triggers of irregular heart rhythmPeople don’t always realise when they’re experiencing atrial fibrillation, or AFib, but some feel unpleasant chest palpitations or a racing, irregular heartbeat. Some patients have AFib 24 hours a day. In others, the irregular heartbeat is ‘paroxysmal,’ that is, it comes and goes. For the current study, reported in the journal Heart Rhythm, researchers surveyed […]

Your circle of friends, not your Fitbit, is more predictive of your health – finds study

While previous studies have shown how beliefs, opinions and attitudes spread throughout our social networks, researchers at the University of Notre Dame were interested in what the structure of social networks says about the state of health, happiness and stress

Your circle of friends, not your Fitbit, is more predictive of your health – finds studyWearable fitness trackers have made it all too easy for us to make assumptions about our health. We may look to our heart rate to determine whether we really felt the stress of that presentation at work this morning, or think ourselves healthier based on the number of steps we’ve taken by the end of […]

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 […]

Mother’s physical and emotional health during pregnancy has an effect on baby’s health

Athletes invest hours practising before a big game. Runners train for months leading up to a marathon. A mother-to-be should likewise prepare herself for the mental and physical rigour of pregnancy, labour and caring for a newborn

Mother’s physical and emotional health during pregnancy has an effect on baby’s healthDr Andrew Lutzkanin, a physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Penn State Health, has a research interest in perinatal outcomes. He said the journey to motherhood taxes a woman in more ways than one. Because about half of all pregnancies nationwide are unintended, he said he doesn’t always have a chance […]

Men who have a resting heart rate of 75 bpm are twice as likely to die early

When was the last time you measured your resting heart rate? Having a resting heart rate of 75 beats per minute (bpm) during middle-age may double the risk for early death, according to new research published in the journal Open Heart

Men who have a resting heart rate of 75 bpm are twice as likely to die earlyThe study involved hundreds of men who had their resting rates measured on two occasions over the space of 10 years. A resting heart rate of 75-bpm (which is considered normal by the UK NHS) was shown to double the risk of early death. Men whose heart rate increased during their 50s were also more […]

Healthy men with high waist-stature ratio have increased risk of heart disease

The study found that physically active men who were not overweight but whose waist-stature ratio (WSR) was close to the risk threshold were also more likely to develop heart disorders than individuals with lower WSRs

Healthy men with high waist-stature ratio have increased risk of heart diseaseHealth experts have warned for years that men and women with excess abdominal fat run a greater risk of developing cardiovascular problems. However, individuals with abdominal or central obesity are not the only ones in danger, according to a new study. The study was conducted by Brazilian researchers affiliated with São Paulo State University (UNESP) […]

How accurate are fitness tracking devices?

Dr Zakia Khan, an Interventional Cardiologist, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan, shares her views on the modern fitness devices and talks about how precise these devices and its data are

How accurate are fitness tracking devices?Whether you’re a gym nut or just enjoy a casual run around your local park on a Saturday morning, everyone wants a fitness tracker.With new fitness trends emerging almost every day, the one that dominantly stands out is the tracking devices that monitor total burnt calories as well as one’s heart rate. A heart rate […]

Did you know? Just thinking about your wife can help reduce stress

Recently, a team of psychologists from the University of Arizona in Tucson has conducted a study that suggests that being in the presence of your partner can help you cope with stress and that, more intriguing still, even just thinking about your significant other can have the same positive effects

Did you know? Just thinking about your wife can help reduce stressStudies have shown that being in the presence of a romantic partner helps mitigate numerous factors of discomfort and stress. For instance, one study has shown that participants who received painful stimuli felt less pain if they were close to their partners. Being in a healthy romantic relationship can help people face life’s difficulties, from […]

Your genes determine how your heart rate responds to exercise, finds study

Your genes can determine how your heart rate and blood pressure respond to exercise - and may act as an early warning of future problems with your heart or blood vessels - according to new research published in The Journal of Physiology

Your genes determine how your heart rate responds to exercise, finds studyWhen people exercise, their heart rate and blood pressure increase. However, the magnitude of this increase is different for different people. Previous research has shown that abnormally large increases in blood pressure during exercise makes it more likely that people will suffer from future high blood pressure. Therefore understanding why people react differently to exercise […]

Mangoes can help benefit our gut health and lower blood pressure

A new study conducted at the University of California, Davis found that two cups of mangos a day had beneficial effects on systolic blood pressure among healthy postmenopausal women. Mango consumption helped relax blood vessels in as little as two hours after intake

Mangoes can help benefit our gut health and lower blood pressureMangoes have been cultivated in South Asia for thousands of years, and they now find homes across many of the warmer regions of Earth. They are the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines, and for good reason: they’re delicious. As far as nutrition goes, the mango contains a range of vitamins and minerals, […]