Black carbon from traffic exhaust can increase the risk of stroke

As the number of vehicles on roads is on a rise, so is the traffic. And this can elevate an individuals’ risk of getting a stroke even in low-pollution environments! Results of a new study are revealing more about the impact of exhaust from gas and diesel engines on a person’s future risk of stroke

Black carbon from traffic exhaust can increase the risk of strokeThe study, which was carried out by a team of investigators from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, has established a link between long-term exposure to particulate matter (PM) from black carbon as a result from traffic exhaust and an increased risk of stroke, even in residential areas. The researchers came to this conclusion after investigating […]

Vegetable oils can be ruining your health, here’s why you should avoid them

Vegetable oils are widely used by consumers across the world but the products have been linked to a number of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer

Vegetable oils can be ruining your health, here’s why you should avoid themWhen people hear about vegetable oil, many would immediately think about its plant-based health benefits. It has been one of the widely used cooking oils around the world. Vegetable oil comes from different plants, including canola, coconut, corn, olive, palm, safflower, soybean and sunflower. Consumers opt for this product because of widespread availability and lower […]

Screen time plus snacking increases of heart disease and diabetes in teens

Those who spent six or more hours a day in front of screens were 71 per cent more likely to have metabolic syndrome compared with those who spent less time in front of screens. However, the heightened risk was only seen in those who reported usually eating snacks in front of screens

Screen time plus snacking increases of heart disease and diabetes in teensIt’s no secret that shovelling snacks in our mouths while blobbing in front of a screen is unhealthy, but now science has armed us with hard evidence we can throw at our teens for what they are doing to their bodies. Teens who sit for hours watching TV, using the computer or playing video games […]

Learn how to accurately take your blood pressure at home

There is now easier access to blood pressure monitoring devices but the timing and place still play an important role in readings

Learn how to accurately take your blood pressure at homeHigh blood pressure or hypertension is known as the “silent killer.” It can happen without any symptoms and eventually lead to serious complications, such as heart attack and stroke. People experience hypertension when the force against blood vessel walls significantly increases. Those who are inactive, overweight and with an unhealthy diet have high risk of […]

Taller people have a higher chance of developing atrial fibrillation

Taller people have an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AFib), an irregular and often rapid heartbeat that can lead to stroke, heart failure and other complications, according to a new Penn Medicine study

Taller people have a higher chance of developing atrial fibrillationThe research, which reveals a strong link between the genetic variants associated with height and one’s risk for AFib, is the among the first to demonstrate that height may be a causal, not correlated, a risk factor for AFib. Researchers found that the risk for AFib climbed as one’s height increased, with every one-inch increase […]

Air pollution in India linked with higher risk of heart disease, finds study

The association between ambient and household air pollution and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), a marker of atherosclerosis, has been explored for the first time in a population of a low-and-middle income country by a team led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by ‘la Caixa’

Air pollution in India linked with higher risk of heart disease, finds studyThe study, performed in a periurban area in southern India, shows that people most exposed to fine particles have a higher CIMT index, which means they are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as stroke or heart attack. Previous studies indicate that inflammation and atherosclerosis are most likely responsible for the association between […]

Insomnia symptoms linked to increased risk of stroke, heart attack

People who have trouble sleeping may be more likely to have a stroke, heart attack or other cerebrovascular or cardiovascular diseases, according to a study published in the November 6, 2019, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology

Insomnia symptoms linked to increased risk of stroke, heart attackThe study involved 487,200 people in China with an average age of 51. Participants had no history of stroke or heart disease at the beginning of the study. “These results suggest that if we can target people who are having trouble sleeping with behavioural therapies, it’s possible that we could reduce the number of cases […]

The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk of having a stroke

Men under 50 years old who smoke are 88 per cent more likely to have a stroke than men who never smoked, researchers said. And the more they smoke, the greater their stroke risk, revealed researchers from University of Maryland

The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk of having a strokeWhile smoking has long been associated with the risk of stroke, the study by US researchers has found that men who smoke at least two packs a day are nearly five times at greater risk of stroke than men who have never smoked. The study, published in the research journal Stroke, also found that men […]

World Stroke Day: Even light exercise might lessen severity of a future stroke

New research supports the idea that light to moderate physical activity, such as walking and swimming, could reduce the severity of strokes

World Stroke Day: Even light exercise might lessen severity of a future strokePeople who regularly engage in light to moderate physical activity – like walking four hours a week or swimming two hours weekly – might have less severe strokes than individuals who aren’t as active, a Swedish study suggests. Researchers examined data on 925 patients who were treated for strokes at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, […]

World Stroke Day: Personal risk factors to watch out for

Around 80 million people living in the world today have experienced a stroke and over 50m survivors live with some form of permanent disability as a result. Although, life after stroke won’t be quite the same with the right care and support, living a meaningful life is still possible

World Stroke Day: Personal risk factors to watch out forA stroke is a brain attack that happens when the blood supply to a part of the brain is cut off. It can be caused by a blockage or a bleed. Without blood, brain cells can be damaged or die, which can have different effects depending on where it happens in the brain, affecting the […]
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