Category Archives: Heart Health

The Evils of Caffeine

evil-coffeeBy Nikoletta Ven

Charles Czeisler, a neuroscientist and sleep expert from Harvard Medical School explains: “When the nature of work changed from a schedule built around the sun to an indoor job timed by a clock, humans had to adapt. The widespread use of caffeinated food and drink – in combination with the invention of electric light – allowed people to cope with a work schedule set by the clock, not by daylight or the natural sleep cycle.” In addition, scientific studies have shown that the power boost of caffeine is connected with its interference with adenosine – a chemical in our bodies, which has hypnotic effect and works as a natural sleeping pill. Caffeine actually ceases adenosine and in this way our alertness gets increased and our sleep habits are disrupted. As we all know, there’s no such thing as a free lunch and we pay for this extra wakefulness.

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Hawthorn: Effective Herbal Remedy for Heart Failure

Hawthorn berries and leaves
Hawthorn berries and leaves

Several recent clinical research studies have demonstrated that the herb Hawthorn (Crataegus Oxyacantha) can be of great benefit to those suffering from heart failure. Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure or chronic heart failure, as described by Dr. Ed Zimney, MD, is “a condition in which the heart muscle cannot pump out blood effectively or efficiently. […] Left untreated, heart failure can become progressively worse because a vicious cycle develops wherein the heart gets further and further behind in its ability to pump the blood, which can lead to worsening symptoms and to acute heart failure requiring emergency medical treatment.”

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The Benefits of Ayurvedic Medicine: Ashwagandha

ashwagandha herbAshwagandha (Withania Somnifera) is an extraordinarily useful herb, particularly for those struggling to keep up with the hectic pace of modern life. Its name literally means “the smell of a horse” in Hindi, indicating the herb’s ability to impart the strength and vigor of a stallion. But this ancient herb doesn’t just boost energy, it reduces the effects of stress and pathogens in the body, reduces anxiety and more. Below, I’ve listed some of Ashwagandha’s best known health benefits. …

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The Benefits of Ayurvedic Medicine: Ashoka

Saraca Asoca flowers and leaves

Ashoka (saraca asoca/saraca indica) is the oldest known species of tree in India and is considered sacred in the Hindu faith; it’s name means “without sorrow” or “that which gives no grief” in Sanskrit. This evergreen is regarded as a universal panacea in Ayurvedic medicine, and with good reason. Ashoka is not only used as an individual Ayurvedic remedy, for a variety of ailments, but as part of synergistic blends and in pharmaceutical drug formulations as well. For the sake of brevity, I will only discuss the most documented health benefits associated with this legendary herb. …

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The Number 1 Killer in the United States and How You Can Beat It

heart in handsBy Anthony Muzonzini

Do you know what the number one killer in much of the developed world and especially the United States is? The answer is heart disease. With all the junk food that is available nowadays heart disease has turned in to the biggest killer today. So how can we beat this serial killer and add a few more years to our lives you ask? The answer is simple. We just need to eat healthier and the risk or contracting any sort of heart problem is greatly reduced. In fact you can add about 15 years to your life by just changing a few things in your diet.

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Children’s Heart Health

babyWithHeartDefectHeart screenings for children and adolescents should be mandatory and a routine part of yearly physicals, unfortunately, the American medical community generally considers such exams unnecessary. This erroneous belief and the fact that most pediatricians do not recommend regular heart screenings to parents, makes events like CHD (Congenital Heart Defect) Awareness Week (February 7-14) a necessity.

Early heart screenings can and do save lives. One example is the case of, then sixth grader, Madelinne d’Aversa who was born with a hole in her heart. If her grandmother had not volunteered her to have a heart exam as part of the Houston Early Age Risk Testing and Screening (aka HEARTS) she may not be alive today. Madelinne showed no outward signs of a heart condition, so, without that scan, her heart defect may have gone undetected until an autopsy revealed it as the cause of her passing, some day in the future. Instead, Madelinne had surgery and was back to “normal”, dancing and playing volleyball at school, only four months later.

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Heart Month & Health Goals

Healthy-HeartFebruary is American Heart Month, the month in which we’re reminded of the importance of checking our blood pressure and nagging our loved ones to do the same. But it’s not just blood pressure that affects one’s heart health, though it is the number one predictor of heart attack and stroke.

To quote the American Heart Association,

“Know your health numbers.”

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