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Cardiovascular Disease

More Squash, Less Bacon: Calculating Your Real-Life Heart Risk

Nancy Shute, November 24, 2014
Cardiovascular risk calculators usually expect you to know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. I have enough trouble remembering my email password.

Carbonated drinks linked with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest of cardiac origin

Dasha Petrenko / Fotolia, September 1, 2015
Carbonated beverages are associated with out-of-hospital cardiac arrests of cardiac origin, according to new results.

Diesel exhaust exposure associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease for babies in the womb


Upon conception, a child is born into the mother. From this point on, what the mother consumes, drinks, breathes and thinks become a part of the child inside her. The mother's air, food and water are passed to her precious new one, snuggled in the womb.

Air pollution particulates promote hardening of the arteries and cardiovascular disease


As heart disease marches on as the leading killer of Americans and those in western societies, researchers isolate yet another factor to be implicated in the advancement of this largely preventable disease. Poor diet, lack of physical activity, smoking and environmental and household pollutants all promote metabolic dysfunction that lead to ultimate arterial deterioration and an untimely death. Fortunately, health-minded individuals can make changes to prevent and even reverse heart disease.

Cardio Death Risk Rises When It’s Very Hot Or Very Cold


If you have heart trouble, beware of days that are very hot or very cold. For those at risk of death from cardiovascular disease due to obesity, diabetes or related conditions, special care should be taken to avoid extreme temperatures like those experienced during heat waves and cold spells.

Eating red meat increases the risk of dying over up to 28 years of follow-up

An article published online on March 14, 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine reveals an association between red meat consumption and an increase in the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, cancer, or any cause over a follow-up period of up to 28 years.

Study reaffirms protective effects of seven factors against the risk of dying over 14 year period

An article published online on March 16, 2012 in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows a clear decline in the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or from all causes over a 14 year average period in association with the presence of a greater number of mainly controllable health factors.

Coenzyme Q10 plus selenium supplementation reduces cardiovascular deaths in long term trial

A four year trial of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and selenium has revealed a significant reduction in the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease among supplemented men and women.