Nov 14

Women, Become Advocates in the Fight Against Your Number One Killer.

There are a couple great new ways you can become advocates for your health against the number one killer of women.

Women becoming proactive against heart disease by being active

The American Heart Association has partnered with Health eHeart to begin a study on Heart Disease.  Anyone over 18 can sign up here.  You may be asked to answer surveys, allow them to connect with your social media profile, enter data at home (such as your weight, blood pressure, etc.), download apps, receive and use cool new gadgets, visit a study center for tests, and let them know when you visit the doctor.  The desire is you will input data over a period of time, so Health eHeart can gather enough data to see trends in your health and lifestyle. The information is safe and secure. The study’s location is based at a University Hospital, so the information will only be used for clinical research.

Health eHeart is hoping to discover new and more accurate ways to predict heart disease, understand its causes, and potentially create personalized tools you can use yourself to help predict risk factors or when your risk factors are getting worse.  These goals would be amazing achievements in the fight against heart disease!  Wouldn’t you love to be a part of it?

 

Barbra Streisand is also speaking out on women’s heart disease.  She co-founded the Women’s Heart Alliance to help women educate themselves and become advocates in the fight against heart disease.

Only 56% of American women realize that heart disease is a greater health threat than all of the cancers combined.

The Women’s Heart Alliance recently started a campaign called Fight the Ladykiller to promote greater research and understanding of how heart disease affects men and women differently. The majority of heart-related studies are comprised of male participants (76%). Fight the Ladykiller encourages women to become advocates – talk to their health care providers, understand their risk factors, and get their hearts checked.

Check out this great, informative video featuring Barbra Streisand.

Prevention is key in the fight against heart disease.  Being aware of your risk factors is the first step.  Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.  Though some risk factors are genetic, a lot of risk factors can be prevented or their impact reduced. Changing to a healthy diet, increasing exercise, and not smoking are tremendous steps towards a healthy heart.  It’s also important to have regular check ups with a medical professional.  They can be great advocates for you, too!  They also have access to cutting-edge diagnostic tests, such as those offered by Arterial Health’s team, to better assess your current condition and risk factors.

Be sure to share what you have learned regarding heart disease and prevention with others. Sharing knowledge and raising awareness is another great way to inform people about the disease that is killing one woman every minute!

 

 

 

Oct 28

Mediterranean Diet Reversed Metabolic Syndrome for Some in Study

 

Mediterranean Diet Reversed Metabolic Syndrome for Some in Study

A study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on October 14, 2014, which showed that the Mediterranean diet may reverse metabolic syndrome.  The study lasted for almost five years, following 5,801 men and women ages 55-80 years old, 64% of whom had metabolic syndrome (a collection of risk factors – high blood pressure, high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels) and were at high risk for cardiovascular disease.  The participants were randomly assigned 3 diets:  a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts, or a general low-fat diet (control group).  At the end of the study, findings showed none of the diets lowered the odds of developing metabolic syndrome, but for those that already had the condition at the beginning, 28.2% of the participants no longer met the criteria of metabolic syndrome after being on the Mediterranean diet for a little under 5 years!  As an additional benefit, participants who received the extra-virgin olive oil supplement also showed decreases in abdominal fat and lowered fasting glucose levels.

 

The Mediterranean Diet has been known to be a heart-healthy diet.  According to the Mayo Clinic, it incorporates healthy eating with conMan drinking winesumption of healthy fats like olive oil, drinking red wine in moderation, using herbs and spices instead of salt for flavoring foods, and choosing more fish and poultry over red meat.  Olive oil is known to reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels when used in place of saturated or trans fats.  Fatty fish are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which are also great for the heart. The Mediterranean Diet recommends eating fish twice a week and limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month.  Red wine in moderation has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease in some research studies.  Men over 65 and women should not drink more than 5 ounces daily, and younger men should drink no more than 10 ounces daily.

 

The exciting takeaway from this study is that following a Mediterranean diet has the potential to actually reverse established metabolic syndrome.  Those who have metabolic syndrome can take a proactive approach and reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by changing their diet to a more heart-healthy one.

 

 

Dec 09

The “Silent” Killer

Almost everyone in America knows a family member, friend or acquaintance, a person in ‘great physical condition,’ who suddenly falls dead to a heart attack, or suffers a crippling stroke ‘out of nowhere.’  Cardiovascular disease is often referred to as the “Silent” killer because the illness can begin and grow for decades, in some persons, without any symptoms being manifested.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Instittute, too often the first sign of CVD is sudden death.  The published numbers indicate that 50% of fatal heart attacks in men have no advance warning.  The danger is even higher for women: 64% of fatal heart attacks have no prior symptoms. Until most recently, the leading edge of cardiovascular medicine was unable to search into those areas where CVD often begins; in the arteries.

The Arterial Health Clinical Test package combines four diagnostic tests into one appointment to search beyond, into the arterial system and detect CVD at the advent or in the earliest developmental stages.

Dec 08

Revolutionary test predicts heart attack or stroke seven years in advance

Results of a 2009 study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic and Tufts University Hospital reported that the EndoPAT test is “highly predictive” of a major cardiac event, such as a heart attack or stroke, for people who are considered at low or moderate risk based on their Framingham Risk Score (FRS).

In this Mayo Clinic study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Amir Lerman, M.D., a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic and senior author of the study, and other researchers, used an EndoPAT to measure the endothelial health of 270 patients between the ages of 42 and 66 and followed their progress between 1999 and 2007.

These patients already knew that they had low-to-medium risk of experiencing a major adverse cardiac event, or MACE, based on their FRS. Some of their risk factors included high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and a family history of heart disease.

The study results indicate that those patients who tested positive for endothelial disfunction had a much higher rate of major adverse cardiac events (MACE) than those whose endothelial function scored above the ‘safe’ line.

Endo-PAT2000 is manufactured by Itamar Medical.

Dec 08

Women at higher risk for cardiovascular disease

The American Heart Association states that more US females die each year from cardiovascular disease than the top four cancers combined!  The movement to increase awareness of breast cancer has justifiably succeeded in bringing attention to that devastating illness, but the reality is that more women die from heart-related disease than cancer.  The risk of cardiovascular disease can be lowered by effecting a more-healthy lifestyle; regular exercise, a well-rounded, nutritional diet, and not smoking, as well as appropriate medical monitoring.

Dec 08

Cardiovascular disease affects millions

According to the latest numbers from the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease affects as many as one in three Americans!  Over 82.6 million people in the United States are at risk.  These are national numbers, and certain regions have higher rates of cardiovascular disease than others.  For example, the Southeastern United States has more CVD than other areas, and is often referred to as the 'Fry Belt' for a strong appetite for fried foods of many different kinds. Other factors increasing disease rates include lifestyle behaviors such as a lack of regular exercise, a diet that is not well-rounded, and smoking.

Nov 30

Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer in the United States

The latest figures released by the American Heart Association show that 813,804 Americans died from CVD causes in 2007.  Put another way, 1 of every 3 deaths in the United States listed cardiovascular disease as the underlying cause or contributing to death.  Everyone in America knows someone who has died from this killer.

The Arterial Health Clinical Test Package provides physicians with the most comprehensive diagnostic toolkit available for patients subject to risk factors precursor to cardiovascular disease.