Does our heart have a natural ‘backup battery’?

A team of researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre discovered that the human heart contains its own fail-safe backup ‘battery’ system to regulate the heartbeat. Their findings were published in Science Translational Medicine. If further testing is successful, fewer people might need mechanical pacemakers in the future

Does our heart have a natural ‘backup battery’?In an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Lieutenant Worf is badly injured, but recovers when it is discovered that his body holds a lot of redundant parts and organs — for example, 23 ribs — that allow him to regenerate. Science fiction? Not entirely. A team of researchers at The Ohio State University […]

Consuming foods rich in potassium can help prevent heart disease

Potassium is a mineral that is considered essential for the human body. It not only aids muscle contraction and nerve and cell function, but it also helps to regulate the heartbeat.. The new research suggests that potassium supplementation could be one way to help combat atherosclerosis and reduce the risk of heart disease

Consuming foods rich in potassium can help prevent heart diseaseResearchers have found that mice with low dietary potassium are more likely to experience vascular calcification, which is characteristic of atherosclerosis. This is major risk factor for heart disease. Increasing dietary potassium, however, was found to reduce vascular calcification in the rodents, suggesting that a diet rich in potassium could help to prevent heart disease. […]

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 […]

Smoking causes irreversible damage to 9 organs

Smoking is a terrible habit, we all know that. It is proven to cause cancer, yet we have people who put their health on the line. Listed below are the different body parts which are impacted by smoking. You may want to consider quitting, if you are a smoker for a healthier lifestyle which will be less taxing on the organs of your body.

Smoking causes irreversible damage to 9 organsJoints Pain and inflammation in your joints? Smokers are more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis (RA). And RA medications don’t work as well on people who smoke. Scientists aren’t sure why. Skin You can expect wrinkles, sooner. Smoking speeds up your skin’s aging process. It can make the skin of a 40-year-old look like that […]

Repeat heart transplant, a miracle, says Reena Raju

As My Medical Mantra observes August as organ donation month, we bring you a story of an athlete who has undergone not one, but two heart transplants. She underwent her second heart transplant in September 2017. She said the experience has reinforced her faith prayers and she hopes to spread awareness about repeat transplants though the efforts of her NGO

Repeat heart transplant, a miracle, says Reena RajuReena Raju is a true inspiration. Her zeal for life continued even after she underwent a heart transplant in 2009. Not letting this life-changing moment derail her plans, she pursues athletics at national level, is an adventure sports enthusiast and the founder of NGO, Light A Life- Reena Raju Foundation. Reena is equally positive about […]

Lack of sleep can ‘age’ your heart in the long-run, reveals study

Preliminary results from a new study show that excess heart age (EHA) appeared to be lowest among adults who reported sleeping seven hours per 24-hour period. Sleeping times less than or greater than seven hours were associated with increased excess heart age, and the highest elevations in EHA were noted in short sleeper

Lack of sleep can ‘age’ your heart in the long-run, reveals studyAdults who sleep too little or too much may have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, say researchers who argue that the best way to think of the harmful effect is in terms of ‘excess heart age.’ In a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults, those who slept seven hours a night had […]

This is the reason you feel dizzy after standing up quickly

In most cases, a person feels lightheaded which will subside within a few seconds. And in such cases, the feeling is fortunately not something to worry about

This is the reason you feel dizzy after standing up quicklyHead spinning, stars in your vision, lack of balance – do you ever wonder why you feel one or more of these symptoms when you stand up from your seat or get out of bed? “The heart is a pump, and when you stand up suddenly, the amount of blood going into the heart is […]

Heart attack: Here’s a surprising early warning sign to watch out for

Heart attack symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath and light-headedness. But, the life-threatening condition could be spotted early by this surprising sign

Heart attack: Here’s a surprising early warning sign to watch out forSweating profusely could be an early sign of a heart attack, especially if the patient isn’t exercising or being active. Pumping blood through the body becomes more difficult when the heart becomes weaker, so the body uses more energy to deliver the blood supply. To cool itself down after the assertion, the body may sweat […]

Do you spend more than 10 hours sitting? You’re at high risk of heart-related death

It was found in analysis that compared to sitting for less than three of one’s waking hours each day, over 10 hours of sedentary time was tied to an 8 percent increase in risk for developing heart disease

Do you spend more than 10 hours sitting? You’re at high risk of heart-related death(Reuters Health) – Being sedentary, at least in moderation, is unlikely to cause heart disease, according to a new review of past research. Based on their analysis, researchers conclude that only very high levels of sedentary time –more than 10 hours per day – are linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke or […]

Childhood heart defects interlinked with early onset of dementia

The study findings revealed compared to people born with normal hearts, adult survivors of childhood heart defects were more than twice as likely to develop dementia by age 65. The dementia risk increased with the severity of heart defects

Childhood heart defects interlinked with early onset of dementiaPeople who survive childhood heart defects may have an increased risk of developing dementia before age 65, a Danish study suggests. “Previous studies showed that people born with heart defects may be at higher risk of neurodevelopmental problems in childhood, such as epilepsy and autism, but this is, to our knowledge, the first study to […]
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