Oral Bacteria May Be Linked with Heart Risk

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Could mouth bacteria be linked with heart risk?  Studies are finding out this is the case. According to University of Buffalo, research comparing oral bacteria from 386 heart attack patients with oral bacteria from 840 without finds two species of bacteria are more common among heart attack patients.  Overall, heart patients tended to have higher levels of bacteria in their mouths, but of two types; Tannerella forsynthesis and Prevotella intermedia.  They were statistically linked to heart attack.  Researchers say more study is needed to determine if these bacteria actually contribute to the heart risk, but clearly, the studies are pointing in that direction and it’s something we should look at and understand. 

 

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Cold Weather Exercise Cautions

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It’s tough to exercise in the cold weather, and certainly one of the most frustrating things is that you can pull muscles. You can also put extra pressure on the chest. When you’re in the cold, the blood vessels that go to the heart actually can clamp down, and when they clamp down they can have decreased oxygen supply to the heart. With that decrease of oxygen can come chest tightness and situations resolving and leading into a heart attack. The other problem of course is if you don’t warm up properly, and you don’t stretch out, you can also pull hamstrings and other muscles and tendons.

 

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Fast-Food Restaurants Contribute to America’s Weight Problem

Fast-Food Restaurants Contribute to America’s Weight Problem

Fast-food restaurant. For most Americans, you can’t live without them, but can you live with them? They dot the landscape of our country, city after city, but with a nation on the run, with countless single parents, or couples trying to split time between work and the demands of a heavy family schedule, those fast-food restaurants can offer a quick and often cheap, filling meal. Fast-food restaurants are not entirely to blame for our nation’s growing weight problem. Many offer healthy options, but studies show that most of us turn them down because of other reasons. As a result, we are facing obesity as an issue. The combination of lack of exercise and high fat foods is causing us to be obese. The long-term problems of obesity are great. They include heart disease and diabetes. The bottom line here is we have to do whatever we can to control obesity.

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Men and Women Need to Be Studied Independently

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We know that men and women are very different, but this becomes extremely clear when we look at diseases or the differences in the way certain drugs work in men and women. This is why it’s so important that men and women continue to be studied independently. In the past, men were almost exclusively studied and women were treated based on the information acquired from studying men. But it did not take long to realize that problems like heart attack had very different symptoms in men and women and also treatments were not cookie-cutter. As funds were reduced to conduct important studies, it is important to study both sexes and gather important independent information.

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Optimism Linked to Health Benefits

Optimism Linked to Health Benefits

Previously published reports suggest that positive psychological factors such as optimism are associated with health benefits such as low risk of heart disease and cardiovascular-related death. Authors of this study analyzed data from the Health and Retirement Study. They did it in over 6,000 adults, all older than 50, and they compared the response. They found that optimistic folks simply have less stress which is linked to less cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke.

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Weight Linked to Age of First Heart Attack in Women

Weight Linked to Age of First Heart Attack in Women

A study of nearly 1,000 heart attack patients focused on women finds that the heavier the patients were, the younger they were when they suffered their first heart attack. Compared to normal weight patients, those in the overweight category were 3.5 years younger when they suffered their heart attacks. Those in the obese category were 6.8 years younger, and those in the very obese category were 9.4 years younger. Those who were morbidly obese were twelve years younger at the time of their first heart attacks. Research suggests that weight clearly is a factor.

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Heart Attacks in Women

Heart Attacks in Women

News of a study from Ireland that women with heart attack symptoms take far longer to get to the hospital than men do. And it’s quite disturbing. It clearly shows that many women don’t believe that heart attack symptoms need to be taken seriously, or at the very least, they have a tough time understanding a heart attack can have subtle symptoms. Not just the chest pain. There could be pain down the arm or radiating into the jaw, and it some cases, feelings of indigestion, chest pressure, intense nausea or sweating can be signs. Another big problem is women took about fourteen hours to get to the emergency room compared to three hours the average man took. Men, meanwhile, are more likely than women to make the dangerous choice of driving themselves to the emergency room. Patients typically said they drove because they thought it was the fastest way to get to the hospital, but many also admitted they were on the verge of collapse once they arrive.

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