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Guidelines for healthy sodium intake

Written by Wellspring Pharmacy on 2/15/2015 10:30:00 AM

Reviewed by Kathleen Haynes, PharmD at Wellspring Pharmacy.

Limit sodium intake to 2,300 mg per daySalt (a.k.a sodium) is an important part of a well-balanced diet, and is essential in small amounts. 

Sodium helps your body function properly by helping maintain the correct balance of fluids in your body, assisting in transmitting nerve impulses, and influencing the contraction and relaxation of muscles. But too much sodium in a diet can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. continue reading ...

Marriage and heart health

Written by Heart and Vascular Team on 7/13/2014 6:00:00 AM

Marriage and heart diseaseCould the affairs of the heart actually affect heart health? A recent study out of the University of Pittsburg suggests that the health of social relationships may be linked to personal health, including heart disease.

The study included 281 healthy, employed, middle-aged adults who were married or living with a partner with whom they were in a serious relationship. Their interactions were monitored hourly over the course of four days, with the partners rating their interactions as positive or negative. Carotid artery thickness was also measured. continue reading ...

A gene mutation could prevent against heart attack

Written by Heart and Vascular Team on 6/23/2014 10:30:00 AM

About 720,000 Americans experience heart attacks each year. But findings in a new study could help reduce that number.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week found that people who had one of four specific mutations (or gene changes) within the APOC3 gene had lower levels of triglycerides, higher levels of HDL cholesterol ('good' cholesterol), and an approximately 40 percent lower risk of heart disease and heart attacks.

"APOC3 normally has two functions: it inhibits an enzyme that increases the amount of “bad' cholesterol in the blood, and it slows down the clearance of cholesterol from a person’s blood," said Courtney Eddy, genetic counselor at Community Health Network. "Together, these functions cause a person to have a higher cholesterol level and a higher risk of heart disease and heart attack."continue reading ...

Tags: cardio | Posted in: Heart and Vascular Care

An aspirin a day won't keep the doc away

Written by Heart and Vascular Team on 5/8/2014 7:00:00 PM

In recent years aspirin has become a mainstay for patients with cardiovascular disease. This has led many people to take aspirin as a preventative measure, thinking that taking a daily dose will prevent heart attack. But will they really benefit from taking a daily aspirin?

A newly released FDA consumer report states taking daily aspirin is not necessary for people who do not have history of heart problems.

"Newer studies show that aspirin will not prevent heart attacks or stroke," said Dr. Nanette Oscherwitz, Community Physician Network cardiologist. 

According to Oscherwitz the FDA report also brings to light some of the issues that can occur when taking aspirin without a history of heart disease.

"Taking aspirin unnecessarily can greatly increases the risk of bleeding and potential for increase of ulcers," she said.

Therefore, Oscherwitz encourages patients not to take aspirin as a preventative measure, as there is no proven benefit, and it may actually cause more harm than good.

Should you take aspirin if you have cardiovascular disease?
Most people do benefit from aspirin after they have had a heart attack, but consult with your physician first to determine if it is right for you.

The sky is the limit for heart disease patients

Written by Heart and Vascular Team on 3/24/2014 5:00:00 PM

People with heart disease dreaming of vacationing or hiking to a high-altitude destination can make the trip safely.

According to a paper published in Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, people with heart conditions can travel to areas of high elevation. Our cardiovascular experts agree.

"Most cardiac patients – except those who are short of breath at rest or at minimal exertion - should be able to travel to a high altitude safely," said Dr. Sandeep Dube, cardiologist at Community Physician Network. "While most of these trips are going to be for sightseeing and not actual hiking, they should consult with their cardiologist before endeavoring on such a trip."

Dr. Sandeep knows a thing or two about high-altitude and heart disease. Not only has the cardiologist climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (the world's second tallest mountain), but also prepared one of his patients - a heart attach survivor - for the climb.

High-altitude locations generally measure at least 8,200 feet above sea level. At that elevation, the atmosphere contains less oxygen, and the heart and lungs must adapt to supply the body with enough of the gas. This is why altitudes are often avoided by those who suffer from heart disease. continue reading ...

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