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Cardiovascular Health

Mediterranean diet protects against peripheral artery disease, heart attack and stroke


A large, multicenter clinical trial has provided some of the strongest evidence yet that a Mediterranean diet plus added olive oil or nuts protects all parts of the cardiovascular system, helping to prevent heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease. The most recent findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Seeking a low-cost solution to cardiovascular troubles? Hibiscus may be the answer


If you have traveled to Mexico, then chances are that you've seen the vibrant, scarlet-hued herbal tea known as hibiscus. Commonly referred to as "sour drink" in Iran, hibiscus not only is a refreshingly tart brew but also has been used worldwide as an effective medicinal beverage. Rich in vitamin C, alkaloids and bioflavonoids, this bright-red elixir is traditionally used for supporting respiratory and cardiovascular health, lowering blood pressure, maintaining fluid balance and alleviating insomnia. And now, contemporary research has validated the herb as a health-promoting tonic in a variety of areas.

Benefits of Drinking Coffee


For years, physicians have been warning about the negative health effects of drinking coffee. You may have been told that coffee will raise your blood pressure, lead to heart disease, give you an ulcer or make you diabetic. But studies continue to roll in that caste doubt on this “common wisdom.” Certainly, like anything, coffee should not be used in excess. However, study after study has failed to prove that moderate coffee consumption increases your risk for cardiovascular disease or any other serious illness.

Middle-aged adults help their hearts with regular leisure-time physical activities


Middle-aged adults who regularly engage in leisure-time physical activity for more than a decade may enhance their heart health, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation. In a new study, more than 4,200 participants (average age 49) reported the duration and frequency of their leisure-time physical activities such as brisk walking, vigorous gardening, cycling, sports, housework and home maintenance.

Is Your Patient's Teenager at Risk of Dying from Heart Failure? What Every Parent MUST Know to Prevent Sudden Death!

An athletic 20-year-old man is playing basketball and suddenly collapses on the court and dies.

Pine bark, CoQ10 together improve physical fitness and heart health

A new study conducted by researchers from Chieti-Pescara University in Italy has revealed that taking pine bark extract in conjunction with Coenzyme Q10 helps improve heart health in heart failure patients by bolstering blood pressure regulation, strengthening endothelial function, reducing hypertension, and improving overall physical ability.

SELENIUM, IRON AND ZINC IMPORTANT FOR BLOOD FLOW TO THE EXTREMITIES

A recent study examined the role of trace elements and blood flow to the extremities. Blood flow to the arms and legs can be affected by the formation of deposits or inflammation in the arteries.