Tag Archives: Heart Disease

  • December 22, 2015

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    Blood Pressure. The Numbers.

    Q: What is the significance of elevated diastolic blood pressure if the systolic is normal?


    A: Both elevated systolic blood pressure (the top number) and diastolic (the bottom number), together or alone, increase the risk for cardiovas

  • November 17, 2015

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    What Is the Link Between Depression and Heart Disease?

    A person with depression is at higher risk for heart disease, and a person with heart disease is at higher risk for depression.


    The link between the two diseases is complex and not entirely understood. Many of the effects of depression

  • October 27, 2015

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    The Mediterranean Diet: Is It the Food or the Lifestyle?

    For decades, health authorities have argued that the diet of people living in Mediterranean countries, with its emphasis on olive oil, nuts and fresh produce, is a driving force behind the region’s historically low rates of heart disease.

    But now a team of filmmakers led by a Britis

  • October 13, 2015

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    A Long Walk or a Short Stair Climb?

    In the broadest terms, there is no wrong selection here, since both walking — even a few hundred steps — and climbing the stairs are better for your health than avoiding physical activity altogether.


    But if you want to get picky ab

  • October 8, 2015

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    Health Benefits of Tea? Here’s What the Evidence Says

    After my Upshot column on the potential health benefits of coffee, the No. 1 request I got was to look into the potential benefits — or harms — of tea.

    Unlike coffee, tea does not seem to generate negative perceptions. I know many more people who think that tea is beneficial, much

  • September 1, 2015

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    New Alternatives to Statins Add to a Quandary on Cholesterol

    Doctors have long faced a conundrum in prescribing statins to lower cholesterol and heart attack risk: The drugs are cheap and effective for most people, and large, rigorous clinical trials have found minimal side effects. But as many as 25 percent of those who try them complain of muscle pain. Othe

  • August 18, 2015

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    More Consensus on Coffee’s Benefits Than You Might Think

    When I was a kid, my parents refused to let me drink coffee because they believed it would “stunt my growth.” It turns out, of course, that this is a myth. Studies have failed, again and again, to show that coffee or caffeine consumption are related to reduced bone mass or how tall people are.

  • August 11, 2015

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    Simple Rules for Healthy Eating

    Over the past few months, I’ve written a number of times on how nutrition recommendations are seldom supported by science. I’ve argued that what many people are telling you may be inaccurate. In response, many of you have asked me what nutrition recommendations should

  • August 4, 2015

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    Q: Can I Ever Repay My Sleep Debt? (~15 years of poor sleep)

    A: It is unclear whether you can make up a long-term sleep debt, because most studies have looked at the effects of sleep loss and recovery only over a few nights or weeks, said Dr. Matt T. Bianchi, the chief of the division of sleep medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant profes

  • July 14, 2015

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    Q & A: A Possibly Lifesaving Guide to Heart Attacks


    Tremendous progress has been made in treating heart disease, but it is still the biggest killer of Americans, accounting for one in seven deaths. Here are answers to some common questions about the symptoms and treatment of heart attacks and narro