Pancake day is over, Valentine's Day too, which means the nation is now officially onto the 'what to give up for Lent' portion of the 2018 calendar.Lasting 40 days, the Christian tradition associated with fasting and abstinence started yesterday. The top thing to give up last year was chocolate, The Sun reported.For those not particularly religious, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) are challenging you to reconsider when and why you could give up chocolate.As part of their latest campaign, Dechox, they're urging people to abstain from chocolate for the month of March. The charity hopes to raise £1.2 million for cardiovascular research to fight heart disease.Chocolate might not seem such a big part of your diet to eradicate but wait until you hear the BHF's rules. Their campaign includes anything with cocoa in it so "chocolate sweets, treats, biscuits, ice cream, cake –even the chocolate sprinkles on your cappuccino are off limits" as they put it.Adrian Adams, Head of Mass … [Read more...] about Would you give up chocolate for a month to fight heart disease?
Story highlights Creased earlobes and clubbed fingernails are linked to higher heart disease risk Other risks include halo around the iris and fatty bumps under the skin The heart, so integral to life, sits in its protective cage in the chest, going about its work without any external sign to the owner. In the West, where one in four people die of cardiovascular disease, the importance of keeping the heart in good working order is hard to overstate. Sadly, the first sign many people have that their heart isn't in good working order is when they have a heart attack. Although you can't see your heart beating in your chest -- not without specialist imaging technology, at least -- there are visible, external signs that can indicate if something is wrong with your heart, before you suffer from a life-changing -- or ending -- "cardiovascular event". 1. Creased earlobes One such external indicator is diagonal creases on the earlobes -- known as Frank's sign, named after Sanders … [Read more...] about Heart disease risk may show in your earlobes, eyes, fingers
Health Heart Disease cardiovascular health meat diet and nutrition Updated | A new study found that eating meat regularly is associated with a 60 percent increase in the risk of heart disease, while plant-based proteins have been found to benefit the organ. Researchers who investigated the effects of different sources of protein on the heart found that people who eat a lot of meat saw a sharp rise in the baseline risk of cardiovascular disease. However, eating protein from nuts and seeds was linked to a 40 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease. Scientists analyzed data from over 81,000 participants of the Adventist Health Study, who filled out questionnaires about their eating patterns between 2002 and 2007. Protein from grains, processed foods, legumes, fruits and vegetables were not found to have a significant association with heart disease, according to the authors. A classic pastrami sandwich is viewed at … [Read more...] about Study Finds Meat Proteins Increase Heart Disease Risk, Plant-based Diets Improve Cardiovascular Health
Q: Is it true that people with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of heart disease? How are the two conditions related? Is there a way to lower the risk?A: Studies have shown that if you have rheumatoid arthritis, your risk of developing heart disease is two to three times higher than people who do not have the disorder. Although the exact connection between the two conditions is unclear, a number of factors seem to play into the increased heart disease risk. Regular check-ups, tests to check for heart problems, lifestyle changes and being able to recognize symptoms of heart disease can all help manage the risk.Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that causes swelling. It often affects the small joints in the hands and feet and causes joint tenderness, pain and stiffness. But the disorder can go beyond the joints, too, and that is part of the connection to heart disease.The inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis may cause changes within the walls of your arteries. That … [Read more...] about How Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Heighten Risk Of Heart Disease
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and is a contributing factor in one out of every three deaths every year. This application, by the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP), includes brand new data that tracks heart disease and stroke by state of residence, allowing users to view heart disease and stroke numbers at the county level. It also allows users to view local rates of social health determinants such as poverty and education level. The mission of the DHDSP is to provide the public with knowledge about cardiovascular health and reduce the burden faced by the public by heart disease and stroke. Source: http://nccd.cdc.gov/DHDSPAtlas/Default.aspx Advertisements … [Read more...] about “Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke”