Is Flaxseed Good for My Heart?

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It’s long been known just how beneficial omega-3 fatty acids are for heart health. They can help to ward off cardiovascular disease, reduce risk of stroke and diabetes, and lower blood pressure.  While most people immediately think of fish as the primary source of this essential nutrient, more and more research shows that there’s another plant-based option: Flaxseed!1What is Flaxseed? Flax …

Laughter: Medicine for Your Heart?

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Laughter doesn’t just feel good. It is good. Science has shown that laughter is good for your cardiovascular health and overall well-being.1 Benefits can range from lowering your risk of heart attack and disease to reducing blood pressure. Let’s explore why that is and the other ways it supports your heart health. Why is Laughing Good for the Heart? When we laugh, …

Types of Arrhythmias

What Are the Different Types of Arrhythmias?

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A cardiac arrhythmia affects the heart’s physiological rhythm. This is basically a disease that alters the electricity of your heart.  As a result, your heart can beat too fast, too slow, or too early. In some cases, it contracts erratically, which is referred to as fibrillation. According to research, up to 5% of the population may have some type of …

Obesity and Heart Disease

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Obesity has become a real public health issue over the past few decades. The rates of obesity, particularly in modern countries are staggering. In fact, over 40% of all U.S. adults are obese. And, sadly, the negative ripple effects obesity can have on our health and hearts is wide ranging. However, obesity can be prevented and reversed. Let’s look at exactly …

How Does Smoking Tobacco Negatively Impacts Heart Health?

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There’s an abundance of scientific research that links smoking tobacco to cardiovascular disease.1 This is because the toxic substances found in tobacco products will gradually wreak havoc on your heart and vessels.  However, it is not all doom and gloom! By quitting smoking (and it’s never too late) there’s a good chance that over time, your risk of heart disease …

SVT and Me (Part 3)

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SPECIAL GUEST BLOGGERHi, Cardiogram Fam! In Part 3/3 of her SVT and Me series, Shaquana Graves (also known as Shay), a fellow Cardiogram member and cardiovascular technologist, details her experience with cardiac ablation. Once Cardiogram helped to validate my condition and concerns (all of which I share in Part 2), I was finally able to be truly heard by my medical …

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 …

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.

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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 …