December 16, 2010

Heart Disease Guide Website Gets New Look

Posted in Heart disease tips, Helpful Heart Links tagged , , , , , , , at 6:32 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

What To Do When You Have Heart Disease has given patients advice and peace of mind in their hands whenever they needed it most.  Now the website has an attractive new look that makes it easier to find everything you need.

Learning to live with heart disease is a challenge for anyone.  People look for all kinds of things to improve their heart health and get back to feeling “normal” again.  A book like What To Do When You Have Heart Disease provides support that can be instrumental in heart disease recovery.  The website can also help to get you started in the right direction.  Check out the website’s new look at www.theheartdiseaseguide.com and discover how the book and the webpage can help you on your journey to a healthier heart!

December 1, 2010

Top 10 Heart Disease Tips of 2010

Posted in Heart disease tips, New Heart Studies, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 3:52 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

image by Francesco Marino

The year 2010 has been filled with studies and new medicines that have changed the world of heart disease.  Did you catch them all?  If not, check out this list everyone with heart disease should see!

10.  Avoid eating huge meals…studies show it could give you a heart attack!

9.  If you’re going to drink alcohol, drink small amounts daily instead of binge drinking.

8.  Teach your loved ones CPR with the new American Heart Association Home CPR Kits

7.  Discuss taking fish oil supplements with your cardiologist.  It might improve heart failure in addition to raising good cholesterol.

6.  Hold off on buying non-stick pans. There has been some evidence that it raises cholesterol.

5.  Shop around for the best place to have bypass surgery by using Consumer Reports.

4.  Choose nuts instead of processed red meat when possible.  Women can cut their risk of heart disease significantly by doing this.

3.  Bundle up during the winter. More heart attacks occur when the weather is coldest.

2.  Stop taking Folic Acid supplements.  The world of cardiology has agreed there is no benefit for your heart.

1.  If you’re taking Coumadin or warfarin for atrial fibrillation, ask your doctor about switching to the new drug Pradaxa. It’ll mean no more fingerstick checks and you can eat green vegetables without worries!

November 29, 2010

Heart Study Says Watch Out For Those Big Meals

Posted in Heart Disease in the News, Heart disease tips tagged , , , , , at 12:19 am by keepyourhearthealthy

photo by Michelle Meiklejohn

According to a recent article, heart disease patients are much more likely to die within 2 hours of eating a very large meal.

Reportedly the risk of a fatal heart attack was 4 times as much after a big meal.  In fact, an earlier study in 2004 apparently discovered a surge of heart-related deaths around Christmas and New Year’s Day.  The article which was printed earlier last week suggested several reasons for why a big holiday meal might cause more fatalities for heart patients than walking across a busy street.

The most reasonable explanation is a  “steal phenomena.”  Essentially the stomach steals extra blood away from the heart in order to digest such a large meal.  A normal, undiseased heart can handle lesser blood flow without too many problems.  However, a heart that has blockages in the arteries cannot get enough flow past the blockages when too much blood is being stolen away to other areas of the body.

You may not need to be as much of a stickler about the perfect heart diet on holidays but you still need to be mindful of how much you eat.  These new studies seem to be saying that an extra turkey leg might just be the death of you!

Feel free to peak at the article for yourself: Heart study says holiday feasting can be fatal | The Augusta Chronicle.

September 15, 2010

New Distressed Personality Makes For Higher Risk Of Heart Disease

Posted in Heart disease tips, New Heart Studies tagged , , , , , , , , at 1:14 am by keepyourhearthealthy

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A new type D personality disorder has been associated with greater than 3 times the risk of heart attack and death in patients with already known cardiovascular disease.

The D apparently stands for “distressed” because these types of patients are prone to anxiety, depression and stress.  The reason why this disorder is considered new is because patients with type D personality disorder will not admit to their problems.  When they see their doctor they claim that everything is going just fine when in fact they are feeling great amounts of negative feelings.

You might say that this new personality disorder is related to bottling up all the bad emotions.  People who admit to their negative feelings are more likely to receive help and get their stress under control.  If you have heart disease and are having problems with stress or negative feelings, it is important to discuss this with your cardiologist or primary care physician.  As this new study has shown, keeping the negativity inside is only hurting your heart even more!

January 19, 2010

Depression Hurts…Especially When You Have Heart Disease!

Posted in Heart Disease in the News, Heart disease tips, Helpful Heart Links tagged , , , , , , , at 4:15 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

I was reading a new article on the Cleveland Clinic website that discusses depression in heart disease patients.  According to one of their physicians, ” [A] study found patients who were depressed after suffering a heart attack were three to four times more likely to die over six months than post heart attack patients without depression.  Even 18 months after a heart attack, depression remained an independent risk factor for cardiac-related death.”  The article goes on to explain that heart patients often blame themselves for their disease and feel as though they are weak.  An even bigger reason why depression is likely to increase a heart attack patient’s risk of death…people who are depressed tend to stop their necessary medicines, eat poorly and stop exercising.  These are three VERY necessary steps to helping a damaged heart recover.  Without appropriate medication, diet and exercise the heart is left struggling to recuperate against the odds.

If you or a loved one has heart disease and feels depressed, discuss your feelings with your cardiologist and consider treatment with anti-depressants.  Most importantly, KEEP TAKING YOUR MEDICINES, EATING PROPERLY and EXERCISE!

If you’d like to read more from the Cleveland Clinic website, go to: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/news/archive/feeling_blue_depression_heart_disease.aspx