March is quickly approaching, which means Heart Month is almost over. The work, however, to keep our hearts healthy is never over. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both American women and men. We must be proactive. Here’s what you can take to ‘HEART’ to help guide you along the way.
The critical role that nutrition plays in staying healthy, including recovering from surgery, is well known. Vitamin C, for example, may be an important nutrient to speed up wound healing. But while medical specialties such as oncology, gastroenterology and pediatrics routinely include identifying and remedying nutritional deficiencies as part of their treatment plans, this has not always necessarily been the case with cardiac surgery.
Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest, the leading medical cause of death in young athletes. This is not the same as having a heart attack or experiencing heart failure. Let’s educate ourselves about these three issues.
It’s Men’s Health Month, so it’s a great time to encourage the men in your life to take care of their bodies by eating right and participating in relevant physical activity. It is important to remember, however, that too much of a good thing can be bad. I recently came across a story about a young man that reminded me of this.
Recently, a 46-year-old woman named Trisha Paddock died after participating in a marathon. According to one news report, the mother of three collapsed at the finish line of a Los Angeles charity half-marathon for The Asian American Drug Abuse Program.
If you haven’t checked your blood pressure recently – or if you’ve never checked it – there are two new studies on hypertension that may convince you to do so sooner rather than later. In my view, they give new urgency to monitoring and managing your blood pressure.
When I imagine stroke victims, most twenty-somethings do not come to mind. But a young woman named Veronica Cardello, however, gave me a different perspective. At just 27-years-old, Veronica experienced an extremely scary event where she had a stroke in the shower one morning.
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook and famous business executive, suddenly lost her husband back in 2015 after he slipped and fell off a treadmill in a hotel gym in Mexico. Reportedly, he suffered severe head trauma and blood loss. This is such a tragic incident and, of course, there are risks with anything we do (from driving a car to walking down the street), but exercise and movement are so important if you are considered high risk for having a cardiovascular event.
I will always advocate for the importance of getting routine medical check-ups and examinations from competent medical professionals. But I also believe we should do our part when we can to test ourselves at home. For example, while many of us may have our blood pressure checked at the doctor’s office, we can still practice at-home blood pressure monitoring.
I was extremely sad to hear about the recent passing of actress Conchata Ferrell. The star of the popular sitcom Two and a Half Men reportedly died due to complications from a cardiac arrest “...after several months in poor health, beginning when she contracted a kidney infection in December. She fell ill again in May and spent several weeks in intensive care, later being transferred to a long-term care facility after suffering a heart attack.”
After surviving a heart attack, one of the last things on a person’s mind is probably sex! But according to a recent study conducted in Israel and published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, sex may be a key component to include in your heart attack survival guide.
There really is something to be said about “a buddy system,” even if one person in the system doesn’t necessarily need to lose weight. For example, recent research has provided evidence suggesting that heart attack survivors are more successful at losing weight if their partners participate by adopting healthier habits and changing their diet.
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