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Alcohol Can Reduce Heart Attack Risk – Even Men With Healthy Lifestyles Can Benefit From Moderate Drinking

Alcohol Can Reduce Heart Attack Risk – Even Men With Healthy Lifestyles Can Benefit From Moderate Drinking

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Scientists say that even men who already have a healthy lifestyle can reduce their risk of heart attack by consuming alcohol in moderation. Previous research has already found that men in-general could reduce their chances of having one by drinking alcohol moderately. This research narrowed in on the healthy men.

The study was conducted by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). They found that even men with four healthy lifestyles including good eating habits, men who didn’t smoke, and men who exercised and watched their weight could benefit from some alcohol.

Asthma in Children from the Bronx may have increased risk from Diesel Truck Soot

Asthma in Children from the Bronx may have increase risk from Diesel Truck Soot

Trucks line up in parking bays at Hunts Point Market in the South Bronx.

A five year study of school-aged children that lived in the South Bronx found increasing rates of asthma symptoms. Researchers from the New York University’s School of Medicine and Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service measured the ground pollution levels for carbon levels and found that students in the South Bronx had higher asthma rates and more air concentration of air pollution.

Hospital admissions at the South Bronx’s Hunts Point district were at a rate of 21 percent to 23 percent for elementary school aged children having asthma incidences. The South Bronx has several major highways surrounding the area including Interstates 95, 87, 278 and 895. Trucking is heavy, and at Hunts Point Market alone, there are around 12,000 trucks coming in and out on a daily basis.

PCOS And Infection Can Also Cause Heart Disease

PCOS And Infection Can Also Cause Heart Disease

The Savvy Woman's Guide to PCOS: The Many Faces Of A 21st Century Epidemic... And What You Can Do About It. (Paperback)
by Elizabeth Lee Vliet

Heart disease can be caused by a number of risk factors, for example, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, unhealthy diet and habits, laziness, obesity as well as some uncontrollable factors like family history of heart disease. Nevertheless, there are at least two other risk factors, namely PCOS and infection, that could also trigger heart disease or even heart attack.

PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) is found to be a serious disorder that can eventually lead to diabetes and even heart attack. But one does not need to have cysts on the ovaries to have PCOS. This is the warning made by The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. If a woman have two or more of the symptoms such as infertility, severe acne, excess face or hair body hair, male-like balding, irregular periods, ovarian cysts, high blood pressure, weight problems, or elevated insulin levels, then she could be a candidate of PCOS and is advised to check with her doctor about PCOS. Taking a blood test is necessary to check numerous hormone levels.

PCOS affects not just reproduction. Although it is agreed that women usually do not get heart disease until after menopause, some experts do believe that patients’ arteries are already significantly hardening in their 30s especially for those obese woman, their risk of Type 2 diabetes is 3 to 7 times higher than average. Please also take note that skinny women or even those who have had children can still get PCOS.

Causes Of High Blood Pressure

Causes Of High Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure can be caused by any number of factors in a person’s life or by many factors all adding together. However, the hard truth is that if you don’t control your blood pressure, it can lead to many serious medical conditions, including heart attack and stroke. By understanding the causes of high blood pressure, you can learn how to prevent your levels from exceeding the normal range and therefore promote in yourself and your family a healthier overall lifestyle.

One of the major causes of high blood pressure is cholesterol. In most cases, a person with higher than normal cholesterol levels will also suffer from high blood pressure. This is due to the fatty deposits left on the artery walls from the cholesterol in your blood stream. The body actually needs no cholesterol, since it produces enough on its own, but the foods we eat often introduce more into our body. When no more can be absorbed into the blood stream, the cells deposit fat onto the walls of the arteries. This fat turns to a hard plaque, making our blood vessels smaller and smaller over time. The same amount of blood needs to flow through these smaller spaces, creating a higher blood pressure.

Link Between Psoriasis and Heart Attack Found – Independent Risk Factor For Skin Condition and Myocardial Infraction

Link Between Psoriasis and Heart Attack Found – Independent Risk Factor For Skin Condition and Myocardial Infraction

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Researchers from Pennsylvania say that psoriasis is an independent risk factor for heart attack. Psoriasis is a common immune mediated disease that affects two to three percent of the population and is associated with markers of systemic inflammation and immunological abnormalities.

Earlier studies have linked psoriasis with heart disease. Dr. Joel M. Gelfand says that “several hospital-based studies have indicated that psoriasis is associated with a higher prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, including MI (myocardial infarction or heart attack)." Gelfand is Assistant Professor of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and lead author of the study.

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