Pump up: 5 healthy heart tips

Lack of exercise, a poor diet and other unhealthy habits can take their toll over the years. Dr Nihar Mehta, consultant cardiologist at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, gives 5 simple steps to look after your heart

Pump up: 5 healthy heart tipsIndia has rapidly become the capital of metabolic diseases over the globe.This term encompasses a combination of ‘high’ – body weight, blood pressure, blood sugars and blood cholesterol, a disease of excess. These metabolic diseases lead to heart diseases like heart attacks, heart failure and fluctuations in heart rate (arrhythmia), said Dr Nihar Mehta, consultant […]

Working for long hours can cause heart problems, reveals study

Lengthy work hours have been shown in several previous studies to increase the risk for cardiovascular disease

Working for long hours can cause heart problems, reveals studyWorking long hours may increase the risk for atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeats that can lead to serious cardiovascular complications, a new study in The European Heart Journal found. Lengthy work hours have been shown in several previous studies to increase the risk for cardiovascular disease. The researchers began with 85,494 men and women from Britain, […]

Here are 5 ways to treat heartburn without medications

Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. Some of the symptoms, however, are similar to those of a heart attack or heart disease. Heartburn is an irritation of the oesophagus -- the tube that connects your throat and stomach. It's caused by stomach acid. Here’s how to find relief

Here are 5 ways to treat heartburn without medicationsMaybe you hadn’t planned on getting your total caloric intake for the day within the space of an hour, but now here you are: empty plate, super-full belly—and that burning has just begun. The holidays are notorious for scuttling moderation, thanks to jumbo family dinners, ample party buffets, and cheese-laden potlucks. But all of that […]

Obesity interlinked with irregular heart rhythm in both genders

Both men and women who are overweight or obese may be more likely to develop an irregular heart rhythm condition known as atrial fibrillation (A-fib) than their counterparts who maintain a healthy weight, a recent study finds

Obesity interlinked with irregular heart rhythm in both gendersIn atrial fibrillation, the upper chambers of the heart, or atria, quiver instead of beating to move blood effectively. While the condition has long been linked to obesity, the current study offers fresh evidence of how gender may impact the risk of atrial fibrillation associated with excess weight. Extremely obese men, for example, were more […]

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. […]

Exercise can reverse heart disease risk in middle-aged adults

To reap the most benefit, the exercise regimen should begin by late middle age (before age 65), when the heart apparently retains some plasticity and ability to remodel itself

Exercise can reverse heart disease risk in middle-aged adultsThe new year is a time when many plan to shape up after the excesses of the festive period. Now there is good news for those who fear it might be too late in life to improve their fitness. People into late middle age can reverse or reduce the risk of heart failure caused by […]

Organ donation: ‘Centre has developed standard curriculum’, JP Nadda

Organ donation is the need of the hour. Union health minister JP Nadda tweeted, “Our government is implementing National Organ Transplant Programme for promotion of organ donation from deceased persons in order to increase the availability of organs for transplant to save lives"

Organ donation: ‘Centre has developed standard curriculum’, JP NaddaThere are millions in this country who need an organ for survival. If they get an organ, they can get a new life. Each year, hundreds of people die while waiting for an organ transplant. There is a shortage of organs, and the gap between the number of organs donated and the number of people […]

Failure of fertility treatments like IVF may harm women’s heart health

Compared with women who gave birth following fertility therapy, women who did not become pregnant after fertility treatment were found to have a 19 percent greater risk of cardiovascular events, particularly stroke and heart failure

Failure of fertility treatments like IVF may harm women’s heart healthResearchers found that women who did not become pregnant after undergoing gonadotropin-based fertility therapy – treatment often used in preparation for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies – were at greater risk of heart failure and stroke than those whose fertility therapy was successful. The research team – led by Dr. Jacob […]

Teen mother at a higher risk of heart disease, suggests new study

Women who participated in the study came from five very different study sites. Researchers observed a relatively consistent association in which early childbearing was associated with greater cardiovascular disease risk across these study sites, which supports the validity of the results 

Teen mother at a higher risk of heart disease, suggests new studyThe new study was led by Catherine Pirkle, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Office of Public Health Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. The first author of the paper is Nicole Rosendaal. Prof. Pirkle and her team examined the data available on 1,047 women from the 2012 International Mobility in […]