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Smart Speakers May Detect Cardiac Arrest

Smart Speakers May Detect Cardiac Arrest

Home devices that use A I may be able to pick up signs of distress and call for help. Amazon Alexa and Google Home could be lifesavers — quite literally. A team at the University of Washington (UW) created a new tool that can monitor people for cardiac arrest through your at-home smart speaker. When someone experiences cardiac arrest, they become unresponsive and may stop breathing or gasp for air. The tool can detect that gasp, known as agonal breathing,…

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Vitamin D Lowers Risk of Dying From Cancer, Fish Oil Reduces Heart Attack Risk: Study

Vitamin D Lowers Risk of Dying From Cancer, Fish Oil Reduces Heart Attack Risk: Study

A large U.S. study designed to gauge the health benefits of vitamin D and fish oil supplements concludes that the omega-3 oil can dramatically reduce the odds of a heart attack while vitamin D’s benefits seem to come from lowering the risk of death from cancer. Neither vitamin D nor fish oil lowered the odds of stroke or of getting cancer in the first place in the trial, whose participants did not know whether they were taking the real supplements…

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Cold Weather Increases Heart Failure Risk, Says New Study

Cold Weather Increases Heart Failure Risk, Says New Study

Dropping temperatures and changes in atmospheric pressure can lead to an increase in the risk of heart failure for elderly people, according to a large-scale study – and more care needs to be taken to counter the effects. Previous research has shown that changes in the weather can affect the health of vulnerable people – for example, heat waves and cold spells have been shown to increase disease and even lead to death in people from low-income neighborhoods. The new…

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Study Shows Why It’s Massively Important to Have a Good Attitude

Study Shows Why It’s Massively Important to Have a Good Attitude

Positive thinking may reduce your risk of this deadly disease Could a grin on your face be your ticker’s saving grace?  In a new study at Penn State University, scientists looked at more than 1,000 people with coronary heart disease over a 5-year period. Patients who reported having higher levels of positive emotions like determination, excitement, and enthusiasm were more likely to exercise, sleep better, and avoid smoking. Not surprisingly, those three measures can all reduce your risk of heart…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

The happier you are, the less sleep you require to function in everyday life. Sadness increases the urge to sleep more. Brushing your teeth will keep your heart healthier. People with gum disease have a 25–50% higher chance of getting cardiovascular disease. If it takes less than five minutes to do, do it immediately. Your life will instantly become much more organized and productive.   The happier you are, the less sleep you require to function in everyday life. Sadness…

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Managing Your Emotions Can Save Your Heart

Managing Your Emotions Can Save Your Heart

We often think of the heart and brain as being completely separate from each other. After all, your heart and brain are located in different regions of your body, and cardiology and neurology are separate disciplines. Yet these organs are intimately connected, and when your emotions adversely affect your brain, your heart is affected as well. The negative impact of emotions when your heart is already vulnerable There are two kinds of stress that impact your brain. Helpful stress (also…

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Laugh, Cuddle to Unclog Arteries? Why One Cardiologist Swears By Happy Healers

Laugh, Cuddle to Unclog Arteries? Why One Cardiologist Swears By Happy Healers

Michael Miller, MD, has seen firsthand how the power of positive emotions can help our hearts get and stay healthy. By Michael Miller, MD with Catherine Knepper from Heal Your Heart Also in Reader’s Digest Magazine March 2015 One of my favorite moments as a physician occurs when, with a very somber look, I inform patients that there’s one thing they absolutely must do in order to make a successful recovery after a cardiac event: Go home and laugh until…

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10 Tips for a Healthier Heart

10 Tips for a Healthier Heart

Are you concerned about your heart health? Here are some tips to help you look after your heart. Quit smoking now. Twelve months after quitting, your increased risk of dying from heart disease will be half that of a continuing smoker. Improve your diet. Include wholegrain cereals, legumes, fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts in your diet and lower your risk of heart disease. Exercise regularly. Walk briskly for 30 minutes a day and reduce your risk of heart attack by…

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Don’t Fall Victim to the Holiday Heart Attack

Don’t Fall Victim to the Holiday Heart Attack

Heart and Stroke Foundation    December 4, 2013 It’s a sobering reality amid the holiday cheer: More people die from a heart attack or stroke in the winter months than during warmer weather, with mortality rates averaging 10 per cent higher. For older Canadians, the danger is even greater. Plus, cold weather is associated with increased blood pressure, which in turn raises your risk of heart disease and stroke.  Maintaining healthy habits will help reduce your risk through the festive…

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Go nuts: Study ties nuts to a lower risk of death, including from heart disease or cancer

Go nuts: Study ties nuts to a lower risk of death, including from heart disease or cancer

Marilynn Marchione, The Associated Press     Wednesday, November 20, 2013   DALLAS – Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease – in fact, were less likely to die of any cause – during a 30-year Harvard study. Nuts have long been called heart-healthy, and the study is the largest ever done on whether eating them affects mortality. Researchers tracked 119,000 men and women and found that those…

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