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Dancing for Heart Health
16 Mar. 2016

health benefits of dancingThere are people who cannot imagine their life without dance, those who yield to a sudden impulse, get carried away by the music and start dancing at home, at a disco or when walking. Doctors and psychologists all over the world have long known the benefits of dance for the human body. And even if you spend a lot of time at work and think that all this dancing thing is not worth your time – do not deny yourself the pleasure of dancing!

Australian scientists have found out that the beneficial effect of dance on the body is even greater than we think. Read more…

Blood Clots: Who Is at Risk?
4 Feb. 2016

blood clotsFew people know that the formation of blood clots is not a pathological process, but a natural defense mechanism running constantly in the body in order to prevent blood loss and infection of an injury in all kinds of cuts, wounds, scrapes and other tissue damages. From time to time, small blood clots dissolve and form again and that is OK. The problems begin when these blood clots become attached to the walls of a weakened (for various reasons) vein. They cluster together like a snowball and form a bigger blood clot (thrombus), sort of a ‘plug’ in the blood vessel, interfering with the blood flow. So, a dangerous condition called vein thrombosis progresses. Read more…

Risk Factors for Atherosclerosis
23 Jan. 2016

atherosclerosisAtherosclerosis is a condition characterized by the accumulation of atherosclerotic plaques in the inner walls of the arteries. Such plaques narrow the lumen of the arteries and thus prevent blood flow and oxygen supply to the body tissues. Atherosclerosis can affect the arteries anywhere in the body, but it is most dangerous when it affects the coronary arteries and those arteries that feed the brain. Therefore, it is vitally important to know the risk factors for this disease and do everything possible to reduce the chances of developing it.

Risk factors for atherosclerosis are divided into two main groups – modifiable (those that can be changed) and non-modifiable ones. Read more…

Ways to Lower High Blood Pressure
9 Oct. 2015

how to lower high blood pressureNowadays, high blood pressure is one of the most common conditions. People are under great physical and emotional loads – they work way too much and get stressed at work, eat unhealthy foods, drink and smoke too much, many of them lead a sedentary lifestyle. All this plus other risk factors for high blood pressure like family history creates beneficial conditions for the development of this disease.

Hypertension symptoms are not so evident as in the case of other diseases and it considerably increases the risks for heart failure, myocardial infarction, stroke, etc.; therefore, it’s often referred to as a “silent killer”. Read more…

All About Your Heart Rate
14 Aug. 2015

heart rateOur heart rate is among those characteristics which can be used to monitor our health and help us notice any heart disease symptoms as soon as we can. When it comes to determining what a normal heart rate is, it all depends on each individual, their age and fitness levels. A normal heart rate in a state of rest is usually between 60 to 100 beats per minute, but it can be more or less frequent than that. People who exercise on a regular basis, thus strengthening their cardiovascular system can have even lower heart rate, because it requires less effort for the heart to sustain a steady beat.

What are the factors influencing our pulse?

Even if you don’t have major heart problems, there are many factors influencing the heart rate according to American Heart Association. Read more…

How Do Painkillers Affect the Heart Health?
30 Jul. 2015

taking painkillersThe use of popular painkillers belonging to the group of preparations known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen, celecoxib (Celebrex) and diclofenac) can increase the risk of development of cardiovascular diseases. It is especially true for the patients who take these pain relief medications at high doses and for a long period of time as well as for smokers and people who are overweight.

Researchers analyzed medical records of over 350,000 patients that took part in 639 clinical trials in order to evaluate the effects of NSAIDs. Read more…

Panic Disorder Can Increase the Risk of Heart Disease
11 Jun. 2015

panic disorderA new study suggests that people who experience panic disorders are at higher risk of developing a heart disease.

Individuals with panic disorder experience sudden feelings of intense and uncontrollable fear that can be debilitating. During these attacks people can also experience breathing problems, hyperventilation, racing heart, dizziness, chest pain, cold or hot chills. In some people panic attacks occur when they experience anxiety, for others the attacks may come without warning.

Previous studies have also reported a correlation between panic attacks and heart diseases. Read more…

Can Anger Cause High Blood Pressure?
27 Mar. 2015

angryAnger is a powerful human emotion that arises from feelings of annoyance, hurt, frustration or disappointment. It can range from a slight irritation to a strong range and can be influenced by the person’s emotional make-up, view of life and various circumstances. Uncontrolled anger can be destructive for both the subject and the object of anger.

Anger places a great burden on the cardiovascular system by increasing blood pressure and heart rate. Arteries constrict causing blood pressure to rise and the heart rate to go up. During an outburst of anger, the heart rate goes up to 180 beats per minute compared to the regular 80 beats. Read more…

Is it true that Hypertension can affect Sexual Life?
21 Feb. 2015

high blood pressureOftentimes hypertension has no symptoms, but its impact on sexual life may be obvious. Even though sexual activity will not most probably pose an immediate threat to health, hypertension can affect sexual life of both men and women.

High blood pressure overworks the heart and other organs and over time it can damage the lining of blood vessels and cause arteries to narrow and harden. This means limiting blood flow and as a result inadequate blood supply to the pelvic organs that affects sexual life of both genders. In men this decreased blood flow leads to erection problems and can also interfere with ejaculation and reduced sexual desire. Read more…

Energy Drinks and Their Effects on Our Body
26 Jan. 2015

energy drinkEnergy drinks are getting more and more popularity especially among young people. These drinks invigorate, take off the effect of weariness, remove drowsiness and revive spirits. Particularly they are drunk by young people, school children and teenagers at bars and discos. They contain substances that stimulate nervous and cardiovascular systems, raise muscle tone and reduce food cravings. Energy drinks can be great when a quick boost is needed, but they are fraught with danger to health if drunk in excess.

Energy drinks contain biologically active substances as caffeine and taurine. Caffeine stimulates brain, thinking processes and memory, as well as activates cardiovascular system, increases heart rate, raises blood pressure and causes spasm of blood vessels. Read more…

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