Shoveling Snow and Heart Attacks

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It’s not just a myth. It’s been studied and found that shoveling snow really does increase risk of heart attack.1 Why? Well, shoveling snow can be likened to reaching peak exercise levels on a stress test.2 Which for some, especially those who are already at greater risk of heart related conditions, can be enough to trigger myocardial infarction (a heart …

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What is the Relationship Between Dyslipidemia and Coronary Artery Disease?

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Over the years, high cholesterol levels have become a source of public fear due to mainstream media narratives. However, there’s more to the story.  Doctors refer to an abnormal lipid panel as dyslipidemia. This is a disease that involves abnormal cholesterol levels and can . Diagnosis usually involves a simple blood draw and there are treatment and preventative protocols that …

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High Cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia)

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High cholesterol is a common, but serious, issue. It arises when there’s an excess amount of a waxy substance called cholesterol in the blood. Around 38% of the U.S. adult population have high cholesterol1. And the development of it can lead to heart disease and stroke. But there are ways to both prevent and lower cholesterol! Before we get there, let’s …

Heart Failure 101

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Heart failure describes the inability of the heart to pump blood into the major blood vessels. As a result, your organs will receive insufficient amounts of oxygen and nutrients, causing a whole range of complications. A Bit About Heart Failure According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 6.2 million Americans are living with heart failure.1 This condition …

Nuts and Chocolate (in Moderation) Are Good for Your Heart

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The likelihood that a brownie with nuts would be good for your heart might seem slim, at best. After all, brownies are an indulgence notoriously high in both sugar and fat. However, evidence suggests that both cocoa and tree nuts can actually help to prevent coronary heart disease (CHD), which remains the leading cause of death in the United States.

Diabetes Friendly Sweet Potato Pie

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Ingredients 5 medium orange sweet potatoes, or 40 oz canned (no sugar added) 1 stick melted butter 1 cup monkfruit or Splenda 2/3 cup evaporated milk 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 9-inch unbaked pie crust (low-carb almond flour pie crust if available)  DirectionsPreheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees …

Why is Exercise Important in Type II Diabetes Prevention & Management?

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We all know it’s important to get exercise. But putting this knowledge into practice may actually prevent and control type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).   The Importance of Physical Activity for T2DMPeople with T2DM who live a physically active lifestyle maintain better control over the disease and its complications. And maintaining a healthy body weight and an active lifestyle may even prevent …

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How the Fall Time Change Impacts Heart Health (And 6 Ways to Combat the Effects)

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It’s been debated whether or not bi-annual time changes impact our health. And now, multiple studies have shown that losing one hour when “springing forward” increases risk of mental and cardiovascular complications1 including depression, heart attacks, and stroke. But is “falling back” just as harmful? Your Body Relies on Routine There isn’t significant evidence that the autumn time change is as detrimental for …

Heart Conditions 101: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM): Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

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Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a type of cardiomyopathy, and specifically a heart disease that can cause the heart muscle to thicken. This can make it difficult for the heart to pump blood properly. In some cases, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure or become fatal. However, there are treatments and preventative measures that can be taken today to help …

Heart Conditions 101: Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

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Cardiomyopathy is a group of diseases in which the heart muscle has a hard time properly pumping blood. While these diseases can cause serious issues, there are treatment and prevention options for limiting its development, or avoiding it altogether. While cardiomyopathy can occur in any age group, 1 in every 500 adults has some form of it.What are cardiomyopathy symptoms? Symptoms of cardiomyopathy can …