Heat is hard on the heart; take precautions and stay healthy
Nashville, TN – The calendar says it’s still spring, but the extreme temperatures we’re about to feel this week have moved this item to the top of the weekend agenda: preventing heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can have serious effects on health.
Here’s what the American Heart Association wants you to know, so you can beat the heat: «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Health says managing exposure to Asthma “Triggers” can prevent or reduce Attacks
Nashville, TN – Asthma: if you don’t have it, you probably know someone who does. In Tennessee, approximately six percent of adults and nine percent of children have asthma. The chronic disease that narrows and inflames airways of the lungs can quickly cause breathing to become difficult.
While many people find relief with small inhaler devices, the Tennessee Department of Health recommends increased awareness about “triggers” to reduce onset of attacks. «Read the rest of this article»
Some irregular heart beat conditions may require activity restrictions but for most patients physical activity is unlimited.
Dallas, TX – A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association reminds physicians and people with congenital heart disease that regular physical activity is still important and should be promoted.
Congenital heart disease (heart structural problems existing since birth) is estimated to affect more than 859,000 children and 850,000 adults in the United States.
American Heart Association says new study shows walking can lower risk of heart-related conditions as much as running
Dallas, TX – Walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running can, according to surprising findings reported in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.
Researchers analyzed 33,060 runners in the National Runners’ Health Study and 15,045 walkers in the National Walkers’ Health Study.
Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Academy continues to lead in enriching the education for today’s students with the use of technology. CA’s recent addition is the Polar Cardio GX Training System, which tracks and provides feedback for individual fitness performance via an electronic sensor.
Each student wears a sensor, built into an adjustable belt that is worn just below the chest. The feedback from the sensor is delivered by Bluetooth connection to the student and teacher’s iPad or Macbook.
February is American Heart Month
Nashville, TN – Cardiovascular disease in the leading cause of death in Tennessee and the United States, with more than 2,000 deaths each day nationwide attributed to heart disease or stroke. These conditions are also leading causes of disability, preventing people from working and enjoying time with family and friends.
As part of observances of American Heart Month this February, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding Tennesseans how they can fight back against heart attack and stroke. «Read the rest of this article»
Blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of compounds that have cardiovascular benefits.
Dallas, TX – Eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack by as much as one-third, researchers reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of naturally occurring compounds called dietary flavonoids, also found in grapes and wine, blackberries, eggplant, and other fruits and vegetables. A specific sub-class of flavonoids, called anthocyanins, may help dilate arteries, counter the buildup of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits, according to the study. «Read the rest of this article»
Inexpensive, on-the-go exercise tools for anyone
Yonkers, NY – Creative and innovative fitness classes are popping up everywhere, but some days, there just isn’t time to get to the gym. The March 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, features exercise apps that allow users to get in all types of workouts anytime, anywhere.
“Sticking to fitness goals can be a challenge,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. “Having access to workout guides on a smartphone can help you stay on track no matter where you are.” «Read the rest of this article»
The American Heart Association reaches out to the Hispanic community locally and nationally
Nashville, TN – Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for all American men and women, and stroke is the fourth leading cause of death.
Hispanics and Latinos, however, face even higher risks because of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes – and cultural challenges. That can be a surprise to many Hispanics, both nationally and here in Middle Tennessee.
“Recently learning that cardiovascular disease – heart disease and stroke – is the #1 killer of Hispanics across the nation, was a stop in my life,” commented Shirley Guerrero of Brentwood, TN. «Read the rest of this article»
American Heart Association says Unhealthy behaviors could slow progress in reducing heart disease, stroke
If current trends continue, heart health may only improve by 6 percent by 2020
Dallas, TX – Poor eating and exercise habits could be the game-changer in the fight against heart disease and stroke deaths, according to the American Heart Association’s “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update 2013,” published in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation. «Read the rest of this article»
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