By Dr. David Juan for Doctors Health Press | Aug 18, 2014
I usually write these articles from my home office. Right now, however, I can’t be there. Instead, I’m writing to you from a family member’s home, where I’ll be staying for a few days. It wasn’t a planned visit, but something unexpected came up that forced me from my home.
You see I live smack-dab in the middle of a city. There is a small park across the street but for the most part, I’m surrounded by concrete, asphalt, cars, and noise. And earlier this week, a construction project began in my building that made it nearly impossible to get quality work done. After being unable to take it anymore, I decided to get out of the city and spend a few days in a place where I could get a little more peace and quiet.
The environment around you plays a significant role in your health. It affects your stress levels, ability to sleep, concentration, and a number of physiological systems. It might not seem like a big deal, but where you live can put you at risk for a number of health problems.
The U.S. Forest Services recently collaborated with a group of scientists and other professionals to assess the value of the physical environment on a person’s health. They learned that a person’s proximity to trees can have a significant impact on their health risks. Air pollution removed by trees can save more than 850 lives per year and prevent roughly 670,000 cases of acute respiratory symptoms.
If you live in an urban area (80% of Americans do), you should find this interesting. Not only do you … Read More
By Dr. K.J. McLaughlin for Doctors Health Press | Aug 8, 2014
I have to tell you that when I read reports linking oral bacteria to heart attacks, I tend to be quite skeptical to say the least—especially when the health practitioners who could benefit the most from this information seem to be taking this new data and running with it, making it their own. There were also some marketing scare tactics used that I was not too keen about.
Suffice it to say, I didn’t believe what appeared to be just biased research. However, I’ve become more convinced now that newer research—which is less biased—has effectively shown that pathogens residing in your mouth, gums, and teeth can cause damage to your arteries.
Pathogenic bacteria that reside within your mouth cause a chronic form of inflammation from free-radical generation and the immune response initiated by their unwanted presence.
Despite what has been written or suggested regarding the process that damages your arteries, there is another cause that is more prevalent and important.
Your arteries can be damaged from many triggers, like high blood pressure, high blood sugar, cholesterol, and excessive blood clotting. Plaques can build up in the arteries, which supply your heart muscle with blood, oxygen, and nutrients. This built-up plaque is what causes a heart attack. The disease behind all of this is called atherosclerosis, and it is the most common reason why people suffer a heart attack or stroke.
More importantly, atherosclerosis is frequently caused by chronic inflammation—the type of inflammation attributed to the bacteria in your mouth. Although the inflammation is inside your mouth, it can easily spread to the inner linings of your arteries, initiating the … Read More
By Dr. K.J. McLaughlin for Doctors Health Press | Jun 24, 2014
Let me ask you a question. Did you ever think that your heart and your brain could be connected?
There is an overabundance of information currently available regarding heart disease and how to avoid it or manage it. There is also much more evidence available on the subject of brain health, dementia, and age-related cognitive decline.
Not too long ago, it was generally felt that the deterioration in brain function was genetic and an inevitable part of the aging process. Now, the situation is entirely different. There is mounting evidence that your brain can deteriorate much like your heart can, and in some cases, by the same types of mechanisms.
Another question that I would like to ask you is this: have you ever heard that what is good for your heart is good for your brain?
Well, according to some new research, this indeed is the case.
A new report has indicated that people who suffer from serious cardiovascular issues are more likely to experience some degree of cognitive decline than those who do not have cardiovascular issues. In this report, the findings indicated that in those people who had the worst cardiovascular health, almost five percent of them had some degree of cognitive decline compared to those who had much lower levels of cardiovascular impairment.
In fact, those who had the highest degree of severity of cardiovascular disease had a rate of cognitive impairment that was almost 50% greater than those who had less evidence of heart disease.
This new evidence was determined based on information regarding the health of 18,000 adults residing in the southeastern areas of … Read More
By Dr. Victor Marchione for Doctors Health Press | Jan 21, 2014
Money can’t buy happiness but it sure does seem like it’s easier to be healthier when there’s a little extra savings in the bank. In a study conducted by researchers at the San Diego State University School of Public Health, researchers tallied the effects of the recent recession on Americans’ health.
What they found was both predictable and startling. According to the study results, there were 200 million excess health queries Googled online during the recession. The most common words people searched? Headache, chest, heart, stomach, and pain.
This is the sad and telling impact of a recession that left so many people with no savings, no jobs, and even no homes. These sorts of tremendous stresses caused a lot of health problems for millions of people and this became evident online. The study authors were able to determine the frequency of certain search words or phrases used during the recession. They found that searches for symptoms related to stomach ulcers were 228% higher during the recession compared to non-recession times. The search for headache symptoms was similarly 193% higher, 32% higher for irregular heartbeat symptoms, 35% higher for chest pains, and 37% higher for symptoms involving a hernia.
Other key words and phrases that increased during the recession included stomach pain, back pain, toothaches, and joint pain. The researchers speculated that stress was responsible for triggering this dramatic increase in physical symptoms. Lack of financial security took a real toll on the bodies and minds of Americans. Many Americans actually lost their jobs, but many more also worried about losing their jobs.
The researchers say that studying the online … Read More
By Dr. Victor Marchione for Doctors Health Press | Jan 3, 2014
A new study suggests that taking good care of the teeth and going for regular dentist visits could help to protect the heart from suffering a major event like a heart attack or stroke. According to the researchers involved in the study, regular dental visits could reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems by one third.
The research team, based at the University of California in Berkeley, analyzed data from almost 7,000 people between the ages of 44 and 88. All were enrolled in the Health and Retirement Study.
The study compared two groups of people: those who visited their dentist regularly over a two-year period and those who did not. Data from the Health and Retirement Study was collected and contained information about whether participants had visited their dentist and whether or not they had experienced angina, a stroke, congestive heart failure or a heart attack during the previous two years. Information regarding deaths which resulted from heart attacks and strokes were also included in the study data. Researchers accounted for other risk factors, such as high blood pressure and/or BMI and how much a person drank or smoked.
The research team found that more women than men benefitted from regular dental care in terms of heart risk factors. This finding was not unexpected, however, as previous studies have pointed to gender differences when it comes to poor oral health and heart disease risk factors.
This is the first study to show that regular visits to the dentist leads to fewer adverse heart events such as heart attacks and strokes in a causal way. This study carefully compared a control … Read More
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One of the worrisome things about getting older is maintaining your heart health. After all, your heart performs an invaluable job. Consider the fact that it will beat an average of 2 1/2 billion times during your lifetime! Your heart is made up largely of muscle; but, unlike other muscles in your body, it never tires. It just keeps working tirelessly to circulate blood. The key to keeping your heart healthy through a lifetime of hard work is prevention. So, how can you make sure that it can always do its job without interruption or interference? Here’s some simple health advice: exercise!
A recent study found that elderly people who have engaged in lifelong exercise preserve heart muscle at a level that matches that of a 25-year-old.
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Most everyone knows that exercise delivers huge benefits to the body’s metabolism and cardiovascular system. But what scientists understand less is how physical activity influences the heart itself. Sure, aerobic exercise makes your heart more efficient and stronger — but does exercise actually change your heart physically?
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One of the worrisome things about getting older is maintaining your heart health. After all, your heart performs an invaluable job. Consider the fact that it will beat an average of 2 1/2 billion times during your lifetime! Your heart is made up largely of muscle; but, unlike other muscles in your body, it never tires. It just keeps working tirelessly to circulate blood.
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Cut Heart Attack Risk with this Vitamin
Dietary supplements, as we all know, are extraordinarily popular today. They are widely used by people of all ages and backgrounds. They are used to supplement people’s diets, to help you obtain recommended levels of essential nutrients. They are used by some to prevent health problems in the future, such as calcium supplements for osteoporosis and fish oil for heart problems.
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A Herb to Help Protect Your Heart
In the Middle Ages, people hung hawthorn branches over their doorways to prevent the entry of evil spirits. In the 1800s, doctors began to discover the medicinal properties of hawthorn. The herb was first used to treat circulatory disorders and respiratory illnesses. It wasn’t long before hawthorn was considered a herbal tonic for the heart.
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